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!
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.
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 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
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.
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
- Bring a current photo of yourself, your filled in TCP audition form, and a theatre résumé if you have one.
- Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early, so you’ll have time to hand in your forms and photo and to prepare for your audition.
WHAT TO PREPARE
- Please come prepared with one musical-theatre song selection (from Oliver! or another musical). You should be completely familiar and comfortable with the song so you’ll be able to perform it with clarity and conviction.
- If you’re auditioning for a specific character, your song should be in the style and range of a song sung by that character in Oliver!
- You’ll have two minutes or less to sing your song. Please be ready to perform the section that you want the audition panel to hear. You likely won’t have time to sing the entire song.
- The panel may ask you to sing additional material from the show. If you are auditioning for a lead part, you should be familiar with the music from the show in general.
- We strongly encourage you to use an accompanist. We will have someone available, or you may bring your own if you prefer.
- You may not audition to recorded music.
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.
- Please prepare one of the readings (“sides”) from Oliver! (click the links to download the PDF). Side selections available for men: Fagin, Sikes or Bumble. Side selections available for women: Nancy or Mrs. Sowerberry. Side selections available for youths: Dodger, Charlotte or Noah.
- Choose the one side you are most comfortable with and that most reflects who you are, or the role you are auditioning for.
- It is not necessary to memorize the side you choose, though you certainly may if you wish. The audition panel will be looking for your engagement in the scene, your characterization, your emotion and your energy, not how well you know the lines. In the pressure of the audition you may be much better off using a printed copy of the side!
- No accents please (unless it’s your natural one).
- Everyone auditioning will take part in a group dance audition. When you book your audition, you will be told the time of your dance audition. It may be before or after your individual audition.
- Please bring appropriate clothing for the dance portion of the audition. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing or dance wear, and appropriate shoes. There will be time to change between your individual and dance auditions.
- If you’re not a trained dancer, don’t worry! Just bring an open mind and a willingness to learn and have fun.
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:
- SINGING All the children will be taught a portion of the song Food Glorious Food. It will be helpful if the children are already familiar with the song when they arrive for their audition. They will learn the song as a group, and then be asked to sing sections of it, both with their group and individually.
- ACTING Each child will also be asked to present the Children’s Sides – they may choose to perform either Oliver or Artful Dodger (girls are encouraged to do the Dodger lines). These sides are posted on our website. The sides/lines do not need to be memorized, but the children should be familiar with them and understand what they are saying. Please do not speak in an accent that isn’t your natural one: note that some of the lines are written with a British accent in mind, e.g., arf instead of half. If you can, translate to Canadian (but it is okay either way).
- DANCE Children will also participate in a group dance/movement 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.
- TCP Audition form (please print and have it filled in before you arrive)
- Adult Men and Women, Youth Male and Female audition sides
- Children’s Sides
- Food Glorious Food music for the Children’s Audition
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