Michael Gatzendorfer: Producing Artistic Director

Announcements:

Registrations for this years BARC Youth Theatre production of Lionel Bart’s OLIVER! is NOW OPEN. For registration and more information: http://bit.ly/2EX3A86

Character Breakdown

Oliver Twist

Male Principal Role. The protagonist of the story, he is a lonely orphan boy born in the Work-house. Preferably no taller than 135cm and fairish. He is vulnerable but tough and feisty and should have a strong ability to convey real emotions. British (not cockney) accent. Some minor dancing.

Songs: Where Is Love, I’d Do Anything, Be Back Soon, Consider Yourself, Who Will Buy

Vocal: Soprano

Fagin

Male Principal Role. A conniving, career criminal whose charm hides a cold heart. He takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Perhaps could be described as an old thespian, a man of many dimensions, a leader, a vagrant, a father, a teacher, a lost soul & an eccentric. Significant character acting, singing with some dancing. Cockney accent required.

Songs: Pick-a-pocket, I’d Do Anything, Be Back Soon, Fine Life (Reprise), Reviewing the Situation

Vocal: Baritone

Artful Dodger

Male Principal Role. Very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin’s right hand “man”. Preferably no taller than 155cm with excellent song and dance skills. Must have a dynamic stage presence. Significant character acting, singing, dancing. Cockney accent required.

Songs: Consider yourself, I’d Do Anything, Be Back Soon, Fine Life (Reprise)

Vocal: Soprano

Nancy

Female Principal Role. A cockney girl with a warm heart, Nancy is an abused career thief, prostitute, and former child pickpocket. A sensitive side and noble and likable but hardened and streetwise beyond her years. She lives with and loves Bill Sykes, pretty, intelligent, longs for a better life. Strong singer (belter), actor, some dancing. Cockney accent required.

Songs: It’s a Fine Life, I’d Do Anything, Oom-pah-pah, As Long As He Needs Me, Fine Life (Reprise)

Vocal: Alto

Bill Sykes

Male Principle Role. A villain and Nancy’s brutal boyfriend. The evilest man you could ever meet who strikes fear into anyone he sees. Cockney accent.

Songs: My Name, Fine Life (Reprise)

Vocal: Baritone

Mr. Bumble

Male Supporting Role. The self- righteous, self- appointed beadle, Mr. Bumble oversees the operations of the workhouse were Oliver lives as a child. He preaches Christian morality but behaves without compassion towards the paupers in his care. A strong character who will be played edgier and a little less pompous as previous.

Songs: Oliver, I Shall Scream, One Boy For Sale, That’s Your Funeral

Vocal: Baritone

Widow Corney

Female Supporting Role. The domineering workhouse mistress. Widow Corney is an “old maid”, who has been left on the shelf, would do anything to get Mr. Bumbles attention. Like Bumble will be played a little edgier. Cockney accent required.

Songs: Oliver, I Shall Scream

Vocal: Soprano

Mr. Sowerberry

Male Supporting Role. The Undertaker, a classic Dickensian character tall/thin, precise and a bit slimy. Cockney accent required.

Songs: That’s Your Funeral

Vocal: Baritone

Mrs. Sowerberry

Female Supporting Role. A loud lady, very bubbly personality, nicest person you could meet unless you are Oliver. Cockney accent required.

Songs: That’s Your Funeral #

Vocal: Alto

Mr. Brownlow

Male Supporting Role. Oliver’s kind long-lost grandfather, a man of wealth and breeding. British (not cockney) accent.

Bet

Female Supporting Role. Nancy’s loyal friend who is one of Fagin’s former pickpockets. Cockney accent required.

Songs: It’s a Fine Life, I’d Do Anything

Vocal: Alto

Charlotte

Female Supporting Role. The rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Cockney accent required.

Noah Claypole

Male Supporting Role. A nasty piece of work who is Mr. Sowerberry’s pimply apprentice. Enjoys a flirty relationship with Charlotte. Cockney accent required.

Mrs. Bedwin

Female Minor Role. Mr. Brownlow’s kind-hearted, motherly housekeeper. British (not cockney) accent.

Dr. Grimwig

Male Minor Role. British (not cockney accent).

Old Sally

Female Minor Role. Cockney accent required.

Charley Bates

Part of Fagin’s gang. The eldest boy. Cockney accent required.

Fagin’s Gang & Workhouse Children

We are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable. All individuals cast will do both Workhouse and Fagin’s Gang. Preferably excellent singing skills and some dance experienced preferred.

Songs: Food Glorious Food, Oliver, Consider Yourself, It’s A Fine Life, Pick-a-pocket, Be Back Soon.

Vocal: All ranges required

Workhouse & Towns Children

Boys and Girls unsuccessful in being cast in Fagin’s Gang may have the opportunity of being cast in this role. All individuals cast will do both Workhouse and Ensemble work in the songs Consider Yourself and Who Will Buy as well as other various walks on roles. Excellent singing skills and some dance experienced preferred. Please advise if you have any special skills e.g. acrobatics, gymnastics, juggling etc.

Songs: Food Glorious Food, Oliver, Consider Yourself, Who Will Buy

Vocal: All ranges required

Ensemble

Workhouse Governors, workers in the workhouse, thieves, London merchants, street vendors, barkeepers, policemen etc. Cockney and traditional British accents required. Opportunity for featured dancers. Some movement required for all ensemble.

Vocal: All ranges required

Included in this are the featured soloists:

The Rose Seller

Strawberry Seller

Milk Maid

Knife Grinder

Long Song Seller

Songs: Oliver, Consider Yourself, Oom-pah-pah, Who Will Buy