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Director’s Note

Oliver! is one of the great classics of musical theatre. In not only tells a timeless story of love and the search for family, the music still captures hearts and minds. No-one who has heard Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, or Who Will Buy, could ever forget those stirring cast numbers.

The show requires both strong lead actors (men/women/boys/girls) along with a talented cast of supporting, chorus, and dance roles. There are many (!) opportunities for cast members to have special moments on stage, and we’ll be adding a few Twists to make it even more so.

Normally, the show has great roles for boys but not so much for girls. Think again – you might be surprised by what we do! Also, in the original novel, Oliver, the Artful Dodger, and many of the other kids were actually teenagers; do consider auditioning if that sounds like you. Finally, if you have a special talent such as playing an instrument, juggling, riding a unicycle, acro, magic tricks, or whatever, there might be a time and place for it in the show – be sure to let us know about it.

Prepare for the audition in your natural accent. Do not prepare with a British accent (unless that is your natural one!). If the script has a word written with a British pronunciation, say it how you like.

Finally, I’ve been where you will be: auditioning for TCP as an actor. I’ve always found it to be a friendly, welcoming group. We’ll do our best to help you get comfortable and put your best foot forward.

Consider yourself, at home… consider yourself, one of the family!

Marc Hurwitz
Director
Oliver!
TCP 2018

Regarding Oliver!

Oliver Twist is a classic tale written by Charles Dickens in the late 1830’s.  It is a powerful story that directly reflects the chaotic times in which Dickens lived. The musical Oliver! has been performed for decades by theatre groups both professional and amateur and is one of the most popular musicals ever written. Why do people come back to this show time and time again? We believe it’s because the music is memorable and haunting, the characters are funny, complex, and compelling, and the story is one that remains relevant in our ever-changing world.

The decision to showcase Oliver! as our spring 2018 production was not one that was taken lightly. Its thematic tones range from very dark to very light.  We know that Oliver! is commonly misconstrued as a children’s musical.  In fact, it would be more accurately described as an adult show that has children in it.  At its core, the musical shows us a boy who struggles to survive against all odds.  Oliver fights to retain his innocence as he comes face to face with menacing characters and immeasurable obstacles.  The musical also tackles many other complicated subjects including society and class, the criminal underworld, and domestic abuse. Most importantly, Oliver! is a story about survival, about good winning over bad and about how love and family can be found in the most unexpected places.

Danielle Guistini-Crouse
Artistic Director, TCP

TCP’S AUDITION INFORMATION

Being involved in a musical requires a great deal of commitment and dedication from everyone, both onstage and off. Before you sign up for an audition, please read this very carefully. It has been created to give you the information you will need to audition for our upcoming production Oliver!  In addition to the audition information, we have also included all important production dates and the expectations TCP has of all members of the cast and company of a TCP production.

Please check for any potential conflicts that would prevent you from attending a scheduled rehearsal. List these conflicts on your TCP Audition Form, and bring the form to your audition.

SHOW DATES & THEATRE

Student matinee for Oliver!
Thursday May 10, 2018 at 11am

Regular Performances for Oliver! include

Thursday May 10 – 7:30pm

Friday May 11 – 7:30pm

Saturday May 12 – 2pm & 7:30pm

Sunday May 13 – 2pm

Oliver! will be performed at the Trinity Theatre in the Arena at the New Hamburg Community Centre, 251 Jacob Street.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals begin February 4th , 2018 at the St. Agatha Community Centre,

1793 Erbs Road, St. Agatha.

 

Regular rehearsals take place as follows:

Sundays – 1pm – 5pm / 6:30pm – 10pm

Thursdays – 6:30pm – 10pm

In late March or early April, Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 10pm AS NEEDED

(Please note that rehearsals continue during March Break, but not on Easter Sunday)

 

In the week leading up to the show, expect extra mandatory rehearsals to be

called nightly (as required):

Sunday April 29 – regular rehearsal as scheduled

Monday April 30, Tuesday May 1  – 6:30 -10pm (as needed)

Saturday May 5 – Full tech rehearsal day in the theatre – 11am – 6pm

Sunday May 6 – Full tech rehearsal day in the theatre – 1pm – 10pm

Monday May 7, Tuesday May 8, Wed. May 9 – 6:30 – 10pm Dress Rehearsals

 

EXTRA PARTICIPATION

In addition to an onstage role, each member of the company must contribute an additional 10 hours of community service (or assign a friend or family member). This can be in the form of helping with costumes, set construction, painting, or building the theatre. Those that have been involved with TCP in the past, find the building of the Trinity Theatre, one of the most rewarding parts of their experience with us.

In addition to the 10 service hours, ALL CAST MEMBERS (or their representatives) MUST participate in the mandatory teardown of the theatre following the Sunday matinee.  After a short dinner break, everything gets put away.

 

YOUR AUDITION

Individual adult auditions (ages 14 or older) will include vocal and drama component. Each individual audition will take from three to seven minutes total. Everyone who auditions will also participate in a group dance audition. They will be held every 60 minutes and take roughly 30 minutes to complete. TCP also uses this time to take the measurements of all persons auditioning so that the costume team can begin to create costumes once the show is cast. In all, expect to spend between 60 to 90 minutes with us to complete your entire audition.

Auditions take place at the St. Agatha Community Centre, 1793 Erbs Road, St. Agatha on the following dates:

Friday January 12 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Ages 14 and older)
Saturday January 13 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
(Children ages 8 to13)
Saturday January 13 – 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Ages 14 and older)
Sunday January 14 – 1 pm – 5 pm (Ages 14 and older)           

CALLBACKS will be held on Saturday, January 20, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you’ll be needed for a callback, you will receive notification by email no later than Tuesday, January 16.

WHAT TO BRING

 

WHAT TO PREPARE

VOCALS

PLEASE NOTE: Our accompanist will have the sheet music to Oliver! If you are singing a piece from another musical, you must bring two extra copies of the sheet music, one for the accompanist and one for the Musical Director.

 

ACTING

 

DANCE

 

CHILDRENS AUDITIONS

We are planning to cast approximately 15 children (ages 8 through 13) in Oliver!  We will audition children up to six at a time.  There will be 3 components to the audition:

You and your child should plan to spend a total of about 60 minutes with us. When you e-mail or call to set up your child’s audition, you will be given two times: a 15-minute slot for singing and acting and a 20-minute slot for dance. These may or may not be one after the other; it’s likely that there will be some downtime between them. We ask that parents and caregivers stay in the St. Agatha Community Centre for the duration of the audition.

 

 

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