Audition Notices



Auditions for OLIVER
(2009 West End Version)

By Lionel Bart
Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt

Sunday, February 19 at 7:00pm

Sutter Street Theatre
717 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630

Bring a head shot and resume if you have them and be prepared to sing a short song or excerpt from a song that shows your ability.  Piano music accompaniment is preferred.  There will be an accompanist.  If that is not possible you may bring a CD accompaniment.  Please no a cappella. 

The show opens on April 1 and closes on April 30.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 4:00pm
 

Rehearsals start five weeks before the opening date and are usually on Monday through Thursday evenings.  Additional rehearsals may be required.

Synopsis:

The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens’ novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs to ever hit the stage.

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.

Character Breakdown

Oliver Twist
A workhouse boy about 11 years of age.
Male, Age: 8 to 14

Fagin
An elderly receiver – runs training academy for young pickpockets.
Male, Age: 50 to 70

The Artful Dodger
Fagin’s brightest pupil – an undersized 16.
Male, Age: 14 to 18

Bill Sikes
A villain in his prime.
Male, Age: 30 to 45

Nancy
A graduate of Fagin’s academy, and Bill’s doxy.
Female, late 20s or early 30s

Bet
A 15-year-old lass in Fagin’s establishment – idolizes Nancy.
Male, Age: 14 to 18

Mr. Bumble
A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse.
Male, Age: 35 to 60

Mrs. Corney
A sharp-tongued, domineering widow – the Workhouse Mistress.
Female, Age: 40 to 55

Mr. Brownlow
An old gentleman of wealth and breeding.
Male, Age: 55 to 70

Mr. Sowerberry
The Undertaker.
Male, Age: 45 to 60

Mrs. Sowerberry
Mr. Sowerberry’s wife and his overseer.
Female, Age: 45 to 60

Charlotte
The Sowerberry’s sluttish young daughter.
Female, Age: 18 to 25

Noah Claypol
Mr. Sowerberry’s pimply apprentice.
M
ale, Age: 18 to 25

Mr. Grimwig
A Doctor.
Male, Age: 30 to 50

Mrs. Bedwin
The Brownlow’s Housekeeper.
Female, Age: 45 to 60

Old Sally
A Pauper.
Female, Age: 50 to 70

Charley Bates
A boy in Fagin’s establishment.
Male. Age: 10 to 18

Ensemble
Workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow streetrunners, street vendors and crowd, etc.
Both men and women


Auditions for THE HOBBIT

Dramatized by Markland Taylor from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Directed by Allen Schmeltz

Sunday, February 26 at 7:00pm

Sutter Street Theatre
717 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA 95630

Bring a head shot and resume if you have them.

Auditions will be cold readings from the script.

The show opens on March 25 and closes on April 30.  Performances are Saturdays and Sundays 1:00pm.

Rehearsals start four weeks before the opening date and are usually on Monday through Thursday evenings.  Additional rehearsals may be required.

Synopsis:

The classic fantasy yarn about a young and extremely reluctant Hobbit who leaves home and sets off with a band of adventures to slay a dragon and recover an enormous treasure.  Told with wit and humor this is a wonderful play for adults and children alike.

Character Breakdown

The play can be done with as little as 6 actors with doubling or as many as 22 individual actors.  The final choice will be someone in-between with doubling. 

Following is a list of characters.  Most of the parts, including Bilbo, can be played by male or female actors unless otherwise noted.

Bilbo Baggins
male or female – child to older teen
Main character in the play – small in size is a plus

Thorin
child to older teen – small in size is a plus

Gandalf
male – older teen or adult

Gollum
male or female – child or teen – thin in stature is a plus

The following rest of the characters can be male or female of any age.

Spider
Smaug
3 Trolls
Two Elves
Great Goblin
Lord of the Eagles
2 Wood-Elf Guards
2 Lake-Town Guards
Second Goblin
Beorn
Bard
Elrond
Wood-Elf King
Master of Esgaroth