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30 Apr, 2016
About the Show:
Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young,orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic.
OLIVER TWIST: the protagonist of the story. He is a lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse. Age 8-13. Soprano.
FAGIN: a conniving career criminal, takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Age 50-65. Baritone.
NANCY: Bill Sikes’s lover. She takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child. 21-32. Alto.
MR. BROWNLOW: Oliver’s grandfather, a man of wealth and breeding. Age 50-75.
BILL SIKES: Nancy’s brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and eventual murderer. Age 30-45. Baritone.
MR. BUMBLE: the pompous beadle of the workhouse in which Oliver was born. Age 45-65. Baritone.
THE ARTFUL DODGER: the cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver. Age 13-16. Soprano.
MR. SOWERBERRY: he and Mrs Sowerberry take Oliver in and use him in their funeral business. Age 40-60. Baritone.
MRS. SOWERBERRY: she and Mr Sowerberry take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business. Age 40-60. Soprano.
MRS. CORNEY: the matron of the workhouse where Oliver was born, later marries Mr. Bumble. Age 45-55. Soprano.
CHARLOTTE SOWERBERRY: the rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Age 14-19.
NOAH CLAYPOLE: The Sowerberrys’ apprentice, he bullies Oliver about his mother and enjoys a flirty relationship with Charlotte. Age 13-20.
BET: Nancy’s friend, one of Fagin’s former pickpockets. Age 16-28. Alto.
CHARLEY BATES: one of Fagin’s pickpockets. He is Dodger’s sidekick.
MRS. BEDWIN: house-servant to Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver. Age 45-65. Soprano.
ADULT AND CHILDREN ENSEMBLE ROLES
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Any song that showcases your voice
Specific character song from ‘Oliver!’
Author: Lionel Bart
Venue: Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre
Theatre Company: ICW Productions
Show Dates: August 19th – 27th, 2016
Director: Charlotte Westrip
MD: Ian Westrip