Character Breakdowns – Audition Songs

*  While we have already held auditions, this page is being left up to let our performers access some of the songs from the show to start practicing on their own before Workshop.  Remember… it is still not too late to register!  Anyone can join the program after auditions.  There is lots to do in this show’s ensemble, so come have a great summer with us.  Contact us for more details. 

Wondering what character in Oliver! would be the right one for your audition?  Here are descriptions of the roles we need to fill for the musical.  We will be uploading PDFs of sheet music and audio files of audition pieces for each character shortly, so be sure to check back often (and follow us on FaceBook where we will announce as soon as the files are uploaded).

music_notesActors are expected to come to auditions having decided on a song they want to perform and ready to sing (you may audition for more than one character and perform more than one song, but note that time for individual singing auditions is limited).  If this is your first time auditioning, please know that there will not be any time to learn or practice the music during auditions.  Actors should be ready to sing when they are called in for their turn.

If you have questions about the audition process, feel free to contact us or ask on our Facebook page so everyone else can see the answer, too.  Remember… casting for TPTC’s Summer Theater Workshop is just to determine roles.  Everyone who signs up for the program gets in and gets to perform in the show, no matter their prior acting experience!

When deciding what song to sing, you should pick the piece you feel most comfortable with and that you can do best.  Note that for initial auditions, there will be general songs for different groups of characters depending on the characters’ age/gender.  For example, all of the “adult” male characters (Fagin, Sykes, Bumble…) will sing the same song.  When we get to callbacks, actors may be asked to sing different songs depending on whether we’re considering them for a particular character. 

Oliver Twist
Voice Type: Soprano
Audition Piece:   Consider Yourself or I’d Do Anything
Description: (Age – 9-13)  The show’s protagonist.  An workhouse boy who has been treated with cruelty his whole life yet remains sweet and innocent.

Fagin
Voice Type: Baritone
Audition Piece:   Boy for Sale (first part of song through 1:35)
Description: (Age – 50-75) A conniving career criminal and con man who takes in homeless children and trains them to be his pickpockets.  Gets other people to commit his crimes for him.

Artful Dodger
Voice Type: Soprano
Audition Piece:   Consider Yourself or I’d Do Anything
Description: (Age – 9-16)  The cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets.  Though barely older than Oliver, acts and dresses like a grown man.  Introduces Oliver to Fagin.

Nancy
Voice Type: Alto
Audition piece: n/a
Description: (Age: 22-32) A young girl of the London streets who is now a prostitute and was one of Fagin’s former child pickpockets.  Also Bill Sikes’ lover.  (Note: Nancy will be played by one of our Workshop counselors.)

Bill Sykes
Voice Type: Baritone
Audition Piece:   Boy for Sale (first part of song through 1:35)
Description: (Age: 30-50) A brutal, professional burglar brought up in Fagin’s gang.  Both Nancy’s pimp and lover, and he treats her with an odd combination of cruelty and affection.

Mr. Bumble
Voice Type: Baritone
Audition Piece:   Boy for Sale (first part of song through 1:35)
Description:  (Age: 38-50) The pompous, self-important church official who runs the workhouse where Oliver is born.  He preaches morality but shows no compassion to the orphans in his care.

Widow Corney
Voice Type: Soprano
Audition Piece:   Who Will Buy?
Description: (Age: 38-50) Matron of the workhouse.  Hypocritical, callous, and materialistic.  After she marries Mr. Bumble, she hounds him mercilessly.

Mr. Sowerberry
Voice Type: Baritone
Audition Piece:   Boy for Sale (first part of song through 1:35)
Description:  (Age: 45-60) The undertaker to whom Oliver is apprenticed.  Makes a grotesque giving cut-rate burials to paupers, but decent and kind to Oliver.

Mrs. Sowerberry
Voice Type: Soprano
Audition Piece:   Who Will Buy?
Description: (Age: 45-60) The undertaker’s wife.  A mean, judgmental woman who henpecks her husband.

Mr. Brownlow
Voice Type: n/a
Audition Piece:   Boy for Sale (first part of song through 1:35)
Description: (Age: 60-85) A kind and wealthy older gentleman who serves as Oliver’s first benefactor.

Bet
Voice Type: Alto
Audition Piece:   Who Will Buy?
Description: (Age: 20-28) Nancy’s loyal friend.  Also one of Fagin’s former pickpockets and now a prostitute.

Charlotte
Voice Type: n/a
Audition Piece:  n/a
Description: (Age: 13-20) The Sowerberrys’ daughter.

Noah Claypole
Voice Type: n/a
Audition Piece:   Consider Yourself or I’d Do Anything
Description: (Age: 13-20) Mr. Sowerberry’s apprentice.  A cowardly bully who mistreats Oliver.

Mrs. Bedwin
Voice Type: Soprano
Audition Piece:   Who Will Buy?
Description: (Age: 38-50) Mr. Brownlow’s kindhearted housekeeper.

Dr. Grimwig
Voice Type: n/a
Audition Piece:   n/a
Description: (Age: 30-85) Mr. Brownlow’s pessimistic, curmudgeonly friend.

Old Sally
Voice Type: n/a
Audition Piece:   n/a
Description: (Age: 60-85) An elderly pauper who serves as the nurse at Oliver’s birth.  Steals gold locket that is the clue to Oliver’s identity.

Charley Bates
Voice Type: n/a
Audition Piece:   Consider Yourself or I’d Do Anything
Description: (Age: 9-16) One of Fagin’s pickpockets.

Ensemble Characters
Don’t know which character to audition for?  There are plenty of ensemble characters in Oliver! as we popluate the streets of Dickensian London.   These include workhouse children, Fagin’s gang, and the citizens of London.  If you don’t want to try out for a particular character, or if you don’t know what song you want to sing, anyone can sing Consider Yourself or I’d Do Anything.