Auditions for Oliver for Sheffield production

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Sheffield Theatres is searching for local youngsters to star in the company’s Christmas musical, Lionel Bart’s multi-award-winning masterpiece Oliver!.

The production takes to the Crucible stage from Friday, November 29 to Saturday, January 25 2014.

Based upon the children’s novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver! follows the story of an orphan who runs away from a workhouse and falls in with a gang of boys trained to be pickpockets by gang leader, Fagin, and includes well-known songs such as Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, Oom-Pah-Pah and As Long As He Needs Me.

This new staging will be directed by artistic director Daniel Evans and will be his third musical for the company, following My Fair Lady and This Is My Family, which opens next month.

Sheffield Theatres is looking for two boys with a playing age of 11 to share the lead role, Oliver Twist, and two boys with a playing age of 14 to 15 to play cheeky Cockney pickpocket, the Artful Dodger. The company is also looking for boys and girls aged from seven to 14 to play a variety of parts as members of the ensemble.

These roles are a fantastic opportunity for children interested in performing to be part of a professional production on a massive scale, getting the chance to work with professional actors, directors and industry experts.

Open auditions will take place in Sheffield on Saturday, June 1, between 10am to 6pm in the rehearsal room at the Lyceum Theatre. The audition will be a group session where all participants will be taught a song and asked to sing individually, as well as dance. The audition panel will consist of director Daniel Evans, choreographer Alistair David and musical director Jonathan Gill. Successful auditionees will be called back for a second audition on Sunday, June 9, between 10am and 6pm at the theatre where they will work on an extract of the script and a song.

Director Daniel Evans said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young performers across the region to take part in a large-scale professional production at the Crucible. Oliver is a great family musical with fantastic parts and a large children’s ensemble so there are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and have an amazing Christmas at the Crucible!”

Children who wish to audition must be between the ages of seven and 15. Successful auditionees must live within an hour’s drive of Sheffield and must be available throughout the entire rehearsal and production period in Sheffield from Monday, October 21 2013 to Saturday, January 25 2014.

Anyone interested in auditioning please download a registration form from sheffieldtheatres.co.uk and return the form to oliverauditions@sheffieldtheatres.co.uk email.

Oliver! will take to the Crucible stage from Friday, November 29 2013 to Saturday, January 25 2014. Tickets are priced from £17 to £32, with discounts available, and can be purchased by calling the box office on 0114 249 6000 or by visiting sheffieldtheatres.co.uk website.