Newtown Arts Company
Newtown Arts Company is pleased to announce auditions for
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD:
Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday September 18 from 6:00-9:00
Callbacks will be held Thursday, September 19, by invitation
Location: Crossing Community Church, 80 Lower Silver Lake Rd, Newtown PA 18940
Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m.
First Read-Through and costume fittings will be Tuesday, September 24.
Rehearsals will take place Mondays through Thursdays (2-3) and Saturdays
If you foresee having multiple schedule conflicts, we kindly ask that you reconsider auditioning for this production.
Please note: all roles are nonpaid, non-equity.
~Sign up for a 30 minute time slot. Appointments preferred, but we may be able to accommodate walk-ups.
(If you are interested in auditioning but can’t make these times please contact us at [email protected], as other accommodations may be made)
~Complete the audition form and bring it with you. (Make sure to include schedule conflicts!): Get Audition Form Here: Oliver Audition Form
~Bring a head shot or recent photo, and a resume (if you have one)
~Prepare to sing 16-32 measures of a Broadway song that demonstrates vocal ability. Please bring your own sheet music. We will have an accompanist.
Relax and enjoy the experience! We welcome veteran actors, as well as those who are new or have not been onstage in a while. We are looking forward to having you, and may be able to cast family members together in our productions! We have watched many of our child actors grow up in the company. All parts are open.
We also welcome those who may be interested in joining our production team, so if you have skills or interests in stage crew, sound, lights, costumes, set building etc, let us know. We will train!
For questions, please contact us at: [email protected] or 215-860-7058.
All roles are open, and some actors may be cast in multiple roles:
Oliver Twist (will be double cast): A orphan workhouse boy, age range 8-13, singer (smooth boyish soprano)/actor. British (not cockney) accent, bright and innocent. This character is in approximately 80% of the scenes, parents should note he will be required at rehearsal more than any other person in the show.
Artful Dodger: A street kid, age range 13-18, singer/actor. Cockney accent. Very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin’s right hand “man”.
Fagin: Middle aged leader of a children’s band of thieves, singer/actor. Cockney accent. Described as devious, a user, sly fox, con man, very personable.
Nancy: When she was younger worked for Fagin, now a “barmaid” at the Three Cripples Bar, singer (good belt)/actress should have decent movement skills. Cockney accent. She lives with and loves Bill Sykes, pretty, intelligent, longs for a better life.
Bill Sykes: Also worked for Fagin as a youth now a feared master criminal, actor/singer (baritone). Cockney accent. Good looking in a rough sort of way, sociopath, a killer who only looks out for himself.
Mr. Bumble: The Master of the Workhouse, singer (high tenor)/actor. Cockney accentlarge, pompous and corrupt bureaucrat.
Widow Corney: The Mistress of the Workhouse, singer (soprano belt)/actress. Cockney accent. Sharp tongued widow, also corrupt.
Bet: Nancy’s friend, may also have worked for Fagin, singer/actress should move well. Cockney accent. She idolizes Nancy.
Mr. Sowerberry: The undertaker, actor/singer (baritone). Cockney accent. Kind of creepy, “buy” Oliver from Bumble to work in the funeral home as a coffin follower, may be an alcoholic.
Mrs. Sowerberry: The undertaker’s wife, actress/singer (mezzo). Cockney accent. More business savvy than her husband.
Noah Claypole: Undertaker’s apprentice, actor. Cockney accent. May have also come from Workhouse. Feels threatened by, dislikes and torments Oliver.
Charlotte: Sowerberry’s daughter, actress. Cockney accent. Attracted to Noah, kind of flirty.
Mr. Brownlow: Older gentleman, actor/singer. British (not cockney) accent. Kind upper class gentleman, Oliver’s grandfather.
Dr. Grimwig: A doctor, actor. British (not cockney) accent. Upper class, friend of Mr. Brownlow.
Mrs. Bedwin: A housekeeper. British (not cockney) accent. Works for Mr. Brownlow. Warm personality.
Workhouse & Fagin KIDS
Age ranges 7-18, will cast 8 boys AND 8 girls. Including Dodger’s friend Charley. Singers/actors, let us know if you have any “special skills” example: acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, dance etc. Some cockney accents will be taught. We are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable. Boys and girls will be in one or more of the following:
Bow Street Runners
Street Vendors (Criers)
Crowd of Onlookers and Passersby
Adult Featured Ensemble
Age ranges 15 and up, singers (all voice types), characters with cockney and traditional British accents. Include in this are the “featured” soloists: The Rose Seller (mezzo), Strawberry Seller (soprano), Milk Maid (soprano), Knife Grinder (baritone) and Long Song Seller (Tenor); featured roles Old Sally and Old Lady (cockney accents), & the Chairman. Let us know if you have dance training.
Director: Mary Liz Ivins
Music Director: Susan den Outer
Producers: Diana Bilyk & Bonnie Dettra
Costume Designer: Ruth Schanbacher
Crossings Commuinty Church