Auditions for the SCT Main Stage



Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Directed by Martin Lehman
Audition Dates:
Kids: September 3, 2022 11am-1pm
Adults: September 4-5, 2022 by appointment
Callbacks by invitation

Stockton Civic Theatre is excited to announce auditions for Oliver!, which will perform on the SCT Main Stage Nov 17-Dec 18, 2022.

The streets of Victorian England come to life in this classic coming of age musical. Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin, sinister Bill Sikes, and the kind and loving Nancy. The Tony Award-winning score is filled with familiar songs such as “Consider Yourself,” “Where is
Love,” “Food Glorious Food,” and the heartbreaking “As Long as He Needs Me.”

Kid Auditions: Kids should arrive through the SCT Lobby at 11am on September 3rd prepared to sing, dance, and possibly read from the script. No specific preparation or appointment is needed. Those called back for Oliver or Dodger should plan to go to callbacks by invitation.

Adult Auditions: Adults should sign up for an audition slot on either September 4th or 5th and prepare 16-32 bars of a song. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Callbacks will be by invitation

Video Auditions: Video auditions will be accepted in the event that you are unable to attend in-person auditions. Adults, submit a video of yourself singing your audition song as instructed above. Kids, approximately 1 week before auditions, videos will be posted in this space teaching the song as well as the dance combination and script reading that you will need to include in your audition video.

All video auditions should be submitted to directed Martin Lehman at

Accent examples: See the below links for examples of accents used in this production. Each character’s accent is specified in the character description.

Character Descriptions:

Oliver Twist – A child in the workhouse. Smart, naïve, impressionable, but resilient and determined. Around 11 years old. Can be played by a male or female. RP (Received Pronunciation) accent.

Fagin – Runs a training academy for young pickpockets. Crafty, intelligent, wise. Crook with a heart of gold…kind of. 40-70 years old. Male. RP accent.

The Artful Dodger – Fagin’s brightest pupil and Oliver’s first friend. Enthusiastic, optimistic, a bright light in the darkness. Teenager. Male. Cockney accent.

Bill Sykes – A villain in his prime. Irredeemably mean. Mid-20s to 40 years old. Male. Cockney accent.

Nancy – A graduate of Fagin’s academy. Loyal to Bill Sykes to the end. Bombastic, proud, and loving. 20-30 years old. Female. Cockney accent.

Bet – A young girl in Fagin’s establishment. Idolizes Nancy. Teenager. Female. Cockney accent.

Mr. Bumble – Pompous head of the workhouse. Imposing, loud, and, as his name implies, bumbling. 40-60 years old. Male. RP accent.

Mrs. Corney – A sharp-tongued, domineering widow. Runs the workhouse with Mr. Bumble. 30-50 years old. Female. Cockney accent.

Mr. Brownlow – A gentleman of wealth and breeding. 40-60 years old. Male. RP accent.

Mr. Sowerberry – The undertaker that hires Oliver from the workhouse. Slimy, creepy, and unsettling. 40-60 years old. Male. Cockney accent.

Mrs. Sowerberry – The undertaker’s wife. Equally slimy, creepy, and unsettling. 40-60 years old. Female. Cockney accent.

Charlotte – The Soweberry’s daughter. A very unpleasant girl who is always trying to stir up trouble. Teenager. Female. Cockney accent.

Noah Claypole – The Undertaker’s other apprentice. Bratty, mischievous, Oliver’s foil. Young teenager. Male. Cockney accent.

Mr. Grimwig, Mrs. Bedwin, Old Sally, Charley Bates, workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, Bow Street Runners, street vendors, various other ensemble roles.