The Spotlight Arts Mainstage program is a large-scale commercial production that offers a unique and award-winning training opportunity to its students and is directed by industry professionals. Mainstage auditions are by appointment only for ages 8-18.
*NEW* winter rehearsal schedule: Mainstage rehearsals take place two evenings per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) as well as Saturday afternoons December 7th through January 16th. No rehearsal on December 24th or 31st. Performances take place on January 17th & 18th. Only ONE absence is allowed in the mainstage program.
OLIVER TWIST– the protagonist of the story. He is a lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse. Sweet and innocent. Age range: 8-14. Soprano.
FAGIN– a conniving career criminal, he takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Although a darker character, he has a humorous side he uses to his advantage.
ARTFUL DODGER– Fagin’s brightest pupil. Energetic, intelligent and savvy,he is an undersized 16-year-old and the cleverest of Fagin's pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver.
BILL SYKES– Villain in his prime and Nancy’s boyfriend.
NANCY– Bill Sikes's girlfriend with a heart of gold. Formerly one of Fagin’s pickpockets, she takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child, but is eventually doomed for the steps she takes on his behalf. Streetwise, she longs for a better life.
BET– Nancy’s loyal friend, one of Fagin’s former pickpockets, idolizes Nancy.
MR. BUMBLE– Self-righteous, self-appointed beadle who oversees the operations of the workhouse where Oliver lives as a child. Preaches morality, but behaves without compassion.
WIDOW CORNEY– Sharp-tongued, domineering workhouse mistress. She would do anything to get Mr. Bumble’s attention.
MR. BROWNLOW– Oliver’s kind long lost grandfather. An older gentleman of wealth and breeding.
MR. SOWERBERRY– the insensitive couple who take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business.
MRS. SOWERBERRY– the insensitive couple who take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business.
CHARLOTTE– The Sowerberrys’ young daughter, she is rude and flirtatious.
NOAH CLAYPOLE– The Undertaker’s pimply apprentice (a nasty piece of work).
MR. GRIMWIG- A doctor.
MRS. BEDWIN- The Brownlow’s kind hearted, motherly housekeeper
OLD SALLY- A Pauper - provides the key to Oliver’s past.
CHARLEY BATES– one of Fagin's pickpockets. He is Dodger's sidekick.
FAGIN’S GANG- young pickpockets in Fagin’s training academy.
ROSE SELLER- a street vendor. Sings “Who Will Buy?”
MILK MAID- a street vendor. Sings “Who Will Buy?”
KNIFE GRINDER- a street vendor. Sings “Who Will Buy?”
LONG SONG SELLER- a street vendor. Sings “Who Will Buy?”
WORKHOUSE ORPHANS- Boys and girls who are bright and personable and live and work in the workhouse.Type your paragraph here.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
Prepare one 32-bar cut of a musical theatre song of your choice along with a completed audition form, a performance resume and a headshot. Be sure to bring sheet music in the correct key, and make sure it is neatly organized in a binder for our audition accompanist, Joanne Archibald.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE TO MY AUDITION?
We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you cannot remember the time slot that you signed up for, please email us. Please do not arrive earlier than 4:00PM on Friday & Saturday.
WHERE IS THE LOCATION OF AUDITIONS?
The auditions will take place at the Studio Around the Corner: 67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509. The entrance to the studio is in the back of the building.
DO I NEED TO SIGN IN WHEN I ARRIVE?
Yes, please find our audition monitor upon arrival so they can check you in!
CAN I SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW?
Absolutely! This is your audition and you can sing any musical theatre song of your choice! If you feel that a song from OLIVER will show your voice off best, that's great! You may sing from outside of the show as well.
DOES MY PHOTO HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT?
While we do recommend that you submit a professional headshot for auditions, it is not required. You can bring any size photo of yourself that you have available that gives us a clear sense of what you look like every day.
WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY PERFORMANCE RESUME?
You should include any training and experience relating to singing, acting or dancing, including your experience in any previous theatrical productions. If you are interested in a resume template, please email us for one and we'd be happy to send over an example!
WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SHOW?
We have posted a full character breakdown above!
WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT CASTING?
We will first schedule a round of callbacks to take place on Sunday, October 13th between 11:00AM-4:00PM. You will receive an email by Saturday evening if you are asked to come in for callbacks. After callbacks, our production team will meet to make casting decisions and we will email all auditioners within one week.
CAN I STILL BE CAST IF I DO NOT GET A CALLBACK?
YES! We will only read for select roles at callbacks so if you do not receive a callback, please keep an eye out for the cast list!
WILL THE SHOW BE DOUBLE CAST?
Depending on casting requirements and the number of students who audition, we may have two separate casts (Cast A & Cast B). If this becomes the case, each cast would have two performances on performance weekend.
WHEN ARE REHEARSALS?
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:00-9:00PM as well as Saturday afternoons beginning December 7th. Performances run January 17th & January 18th.
I MAY HAVE A POSSIBLE CONFLICT DURING THE REHEARSAL PERIOD. WHEN SHOULD I BRING THIS TO SOMEONE'S ATTENTION?
We can approve some conflicts prior to casting. This means that once the cast list is posted, we will not accept any additional conflicts and will adhere to a strict participation and attendance policy. We have a short 6-week rehearsal period including tech week and we work at a very intensive pace so if you do have any potential conflicts (sports games, a weekly dance class, etc.), please make sure you write it down on your audition form.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I AM RUNNING LATE TO MY AUDITION?
Please email our stage manager Sarah at email@example.com with as much of a heads up as possible if you are running late so she can adjust her check-in lineup!
WHO WILL BE IN THE ROOM AT MY AUDITION?
In attendance will be Spotlight Arts Executive Director & OLIVER Mainstage Director Stephanie Scuderi, OLIVER Choreographer Eric Leiggi, OLIVER Music Director Denis Michael and our audition accompanist.
Any additional questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org!