WATERTOWN – On Nov. 1-3, Watertown Lyric Theater will present “Oliver!”
One of the most beloved classic British musicals of all time, “Oliver!” vividly brings to life Charles Dickens' timeless characters with its poignant story of the boy who struggled against adversity for a better life.
This award-winning musical classic will be presented in the Dulles State Office Building auditorium, produced by Kevin R. Kitto and directed by Daniel Davis.
Auditions for “Oliver!” will be held in the Dulles auditorium from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today for Oliver, Dodger, Charley and all the workhouse kids and Fagin's kids, with call-backs on Friday.
Auditions will be held Wednesday and Aug. 22 for the remaining roles, with final call-backs on Aug. 23.
The cast is made up of several principal characters and adult ensemble and approximately 30 children ages 7-13.
Roles are as follows:
*Oliver Twist, the protagonist of the story, is a lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse.
*Fagin, a conniving career criminal, takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him.
*Nancy, Bill Sikes's lover, takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child, but is eventually murdered for the steps she takes on his behalf.
*Mr. Brownlow, Oliver's grandfather, is a kind man of wealth and breeding.
*Bill Sikes is Nancy's brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and her eventual murderer. He is one of Fagin's former successful pickpockets.
*Mr. Bumble is the pompous beadle of the workhouse in which Oliver was born.
*The Artful Dodger, the cleverest of Fagin's pickpockets, introduces Fagin to Oliver.
*Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business.
*Mrs. Corney is the matron of the workhouse where Oliver was born; she later marries Mr. Bumble.
*Charlotte Sowerberry is the rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys.
*Noah Claypole, the Sowerberrys' apprentice, bullies Oliver about his mother and enjoys a flirtatious relationship with Charlotte.
*Dr. Grimwig, a foppish doctor and friend of Mr. Brownlow, assesses Oliver's condition at the beginning of Act II, deeming him fit to go outside.
*Charley Bates, one of Fagin's pickpockets, is Dodger's sidekick.
*Mrs. Bedwin is house-servant to Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver.
*Old Sally, the nurse at Oliver's birth, steals his mother's gold locket, which is the only clue to Oliver's identity. Before she dies, she gives the locket to Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney.
*Bet is a prostitute and a former pickpocket of Fagin. Bet is not much older than Oliver. She is Nancy's friend and the first to find Nancy when she is dead.
The musical is based upon the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.
Watertown Lyric Theater