Audition Announcements

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts will hold auditions for OLIVER! on Tuesday, July 25th at the theater located at 2 East Main Street, Smithtown. Boys and girls ages 12 – 18 will be seen from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Adult actors (19 and over) will be seen from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. Performances are November 11th, 2017 through January 21st, 2018. Please visit our website Smithtownpac.org to see the performance schedule.

Rehearsals will begin as early as the cast’s availability allows and will be most Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings (from approximately 7:30 to 10:30 PM) and on some weekends if necessary. Additional rehearsals may be added as performance dates approach. Rehearsal conflicts must be presented by callbacks or they will not be honored. There are NO rehearsal conflicts permitted the week of tech week (November 6th – 10th) – no exceptions.

Due to the length of the run of Oliver!, we may consider double casting some principal roles. We will be double casting many of the younger roles. Please be precise about your availability upon submission.

For additional information please email Jordan.hue@gmail.com. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE. THEY HAVE NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BEYOND WHAT IS POSTED HERE.

To actors:

Prepare a musical theatre song of your choice. You may not be asked to sing the entire song, so select a portion that best shows off your voice, just in case. Bring sheet music! An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a headshot and resume. If you don’t have a headshot, we may take a picture of you at auditions.

Callbacks will be on Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 PM. Callback notifications will be emailed. If you do not receive a callback email, it does not mean that you are not cast in the production!

There are no other dates/times for auditions or callbacks. If you cannot attend the audition, please email a video submission to Jordan.hue@gmail.com including 32 bars of a song using piano or karaoke.

We look forward to seeing you.

Director: Jordan Hue
Music Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: Jessy Gill
Smithtown PAC

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Oliver Twist

Male Principal Role. The protagonist of the story, he is a lonely orphan boy born in the Work-house. Preferably small in stature. He is vulnerable but tough and feisty and should have a strong ability to convey real emotions. British (not cockney) accent. Some minor dancing. Age 8 – 13.

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 and an eccentric. Significant character acting, singing with some dancing. Cockney accent suggested. Age 40 – 60.

Vocal: Baritone

The Artful Dodger

Male Principal Role. Very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin’s right hand man. Excellent song and dance skills. Must have a dynamic stage presence. Significant character acting, singing, dancing. Cockney accent required. Age to 13 – 16.

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 likeable 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. Age 21 – 32.

Vocal: Alto

Bill Sykes

Male Principle Role. A villain and Nancy’s brutal boyfriend. The most evil man you could ever meet, he strikes fear into anyone he sees. Cockney accent. Age 30 – 45.

Vocal: Baritone

Mr. Bumble

Male Supporting Role. The self- righteous, self- appointed beadle, Mr. Bumble oversees the operations of the work house were Oliver lives as a child. He preaches Christian morality, but behaves without compassion towards the paupers in his care. Strong character who will be played more edgy and a little less pompous as previous. Age 45 – 65.

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. Bumble’s attention. Cockney accent required. Age 40 – 55.

Vocal: Soprano

Mr. Sowerberry

Male Supporting Role. The undertaker, a classic Dickensian character tall/thin, precise and a bit slimy. Cockney accent required. Age 35 – 55.

Vocal: Baritone

Mrs. Sowerberry

Female Supporting Role. A loud lady, very bubbly personality, the nicest person you could meet – unless you are Oliver. Cockney accent required. Age 30 – 50.

Vocal: Alto

Mr. Brownlow

Male Supporting Role. Oliver’s kind long lost grandfather, a man of wealth and breeding. British (not cockney) accent. Age 50 – 75.

Vocal: N/A

Bet

Female Supporting Role. Nancy’s loyal friend who is one of Fagin’s former pickpockets. Excellent dancer. Cockney accent required. Age 13 – 18.

Vocal: Alto

Charlotte

Female Supporting Role. The rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Cockney accent required. Age 13 – 18.

Vocal: N/A

Noah Claypole

Male Supporting Role. A nasty piece of work. Mr Sowerberry’s pimply apprentice. Enjoys a flirty relationship with Charlotte. Cockney accent required. Age 13 – 18.

Vocal: N/A

Mrs. Bedwin

Female Minor Role. Mr Brownlow’s kind-hearted, motherly housekeeper.

British (not cockney) accent. Age 40 – 65.

Vocal: Soprano

Dr. Grimwig

Male Minor Role. Traditional British accent. Age 30 – 60.

Vocal: N/A

Old Sally

Female Minor Role. Cockney accent required. Age 45 – 75.

Vocal: N/A

Charley Bates

Part of Fagin’s gang. The eldest boy. Cockney accent required. Age 12 – 18.

Vocal: N/A

Fagin’s Gang and Workhouse Children

We are looking for a diverse range of boys and girls with excellent song and dance skills.

Those cast will perform as members of both Fagin’s Gang and the children of the workhouse.

Vocal: All ranges required

Ensemble

We are looking for a diverse range of actors to play roles as workhouse governors, workers, thieves, London merchants, street vendors, bar keepers, policemen, etc.  Cockney and traditional British accents suggested. Opportunity for featured dancers. Some movement required for all ensemble. Included in this are several prominently featured soloists: The Rose Seller, Strawberry Seller, Milk Maid, Knife Grinder, Long Song Seller.

Vocal: All ranges required

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts is currently accepting letters of interest via email and snail mail for its 2017/2018 season. Submissions can be forwarded to submissions@smithtownpac.org or by snail mail to – 2 East Main Street, Smithtown NY, 11787.

Upon receipt of your submission you will be contacted via email to advise you of our interest and to either invite you to a closed or open audition.

Submissions should be in the form of a letter (accompanied by a resume and head shot – DO NOT SEND VIDEO SUBMISSIONS AT THIS TIME). Include in your submission – show(s) you are interested in, parts you feel you are right for, any rehearsal and/or performance conflicts you might be aware of, and any other pertinent information you feel is important to your submission.

Rehearsals will begin approximately 6 weeks prior to the scheduled opening of each show. All shows will rehearse Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Some Thursday evenings and some Saturday and Sundays. Tech weeks begin two weeks prior to our Saturday openings. We rehearse every weekday evening leading up to opening and some weekend days.

Performance schedules are available at Smithtownpac.org. (Click on the “Buy Tickets” prompt for each show to see complete schedule).

Most performers receive a stipend, 16 – 18-year-olds receive a fixed stipend for the run. Over 18 receive a per performance stipend. Under 16 years old DO NOT receive a stipend.

Actors’ Equity contracts are available under a Guest Artist Contract basis. We do not participate in EMB programs.

PLEASE NOTE: UNDER 16 YEAR OLDS INTERESTED IN OLIVER! DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTEREST. AN OPEN AUDITION FOR ALL UNDER 16 PERFORMERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE.

Questions can be forwarded to the above referenced email. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE – THEY HAVE NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAN WHAT IS POSTED HERE.

Smithtown Center for the performing Arts 2017/2018 season:

OLIVER!
November 11, 2017 – January 20, 2018
Director: Jordan Hue
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: Jessy Waller Gill

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE – A play with music
February 3 – March 4, 2018
Director: Ken Washington
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: TBD
Fight Coordinator: Ashley Reyes

PLEASE NOTE: This show is being offered for School Performances at the theatre. Some daytime performance availability could be necessary.

SOUTH PACIFIC
March 24 – April 29, 2018
Director: Ronnie Green
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle
Choreographer: TBD

DREAMGIRLS
May 12 – June 17, 2018
Creative team to be determined

A CHORUS LINE
July 7 – August 19, 2018
Director/Choreographer: M. E. Junge
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle

FUN HOME
September 8 – October 21, 2018
Director: Ken Washington
Musical Director: Melissa Coyle

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts performs at least one Thursday Matinee during the run of each show. Please take note of that when reviewing the performance schedule. PERFORMANCE CONFLICTS ARE FROWNED UPON – BUT ACCEPTED UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

Again, please send letter of interest, resume and headshot and any questions you may have to submisssions@smithtownpac.org DO NOT CALL THE BOX OFFICE.