Auditions for Oliver! the Musical





Lionel Bart


Quick As A Wink Theatre Society is holding open auditions for their upcoming production of Oliver!.

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

Oliver the musical will be presented January 2019.  Directors Thea Burton and Justin Brown are looking for fun, enthusiastic singers and dancers.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as 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. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.

No experience necessary.  Quick As A Wink prides itself on taking actors of all skill levels, from first timers to experienced actors, and teaching skills required to perform for a live audience.  Our mission includes the education of community members in theatre and performing arts!  

When: Auditions will be held the following time:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 6-8 pm - Evangeline Middle School

Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 6-8 pm - King’s-Edgehill School

Where: EMS and KES as above.

What is Expected: Please plan to attend the entire audition time on your evening of choice. Those interested in a speaking role will be asked to perform readings with other auditioners. Monologue not required, but there will be cold readings available.

Children and adults auditioning for an ensemble role may choose to prepare a 30 second or less song of their choosing, if they wish to sing by themselves at the audition.  Otherwise, they will participate in a group singing exercise.

Adults and teens auditioning for a role other than the ones listed below, are also asked to prepare a 30 second song of their choosing (they may sing a selection of a song from the show if you wish)

Children auditioning for a speaking role are asked to prepare the first verse of “Where Is Love”  (from 0:40 - 1:13)

Older teens/adults auditioning for the role of Nancy are asked to sing the end of “As Long as He Needs Me”  (from 2:35 to the end)

Older teens/adults auditioning for the role of Fagin are asked to prepare a 30 second section of their choosing from “You've Got to Pick a Pocket Or Two"

All auditions should be prepared acapella (without accompaniment)



  • Directors Thea Burton and Justin Brown. Produced by Holly Pye and Joel Dauphinee per Quick As A Wink Theatre Society.

  • Rehearsals will be held in Windsor and are scheduled for Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting September 29th, 2018. (some groups may be asked to come early for 9 a.m. starts)

  • "Tech Week" rehearsals will be Saturday, January 19th to the first show date Thursday, January 24th.   

  • Show dates will be January 24, 25, 26, and Feb 1, 2  at 7 p.m. with special 2 p.m. matinees January 26, 27 and February 2.

  • There may be one rehearsal between the two show weekends.  

  • Full attendance during the rehearsal process and during production week is a requirement.  Attendance concerns should be brought to the attention of the production team well in advance of the conflict date.

  • All participants will be given a rehearsal schedule.  Conflicts should be brought to the attention of the production team immediately upon receipt of this schedule.

  • Questions can be addressed to the producers, Holly Pye, HPYE@QAAW.CA or Joel Dauphinee, JDAUPHINEE@QAAW.CA

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  • Roles Available:

There are several speaking roles available.  Varying ages of male and female characters.

Anyone may request to audition for any role; the director will use discretion in who s/he sees for specific auditions.  The director may cast actors in opposite-gender roles as s/he sees fit.


Oliver 8-12
Fagin 50-70
The Artful Dodger 14-18
Bill Sikes 30-45
Nancy 20-25
Bet 14-18
Mr. Bumble 35-60
Mrs. Corney 40-55
Mr. Brownlow 55-70
Mr. Sowerberry (Undertaker)45-60
Mrs. Sowerberry 45-60
Charlotte Sowerberry 18-25
Noah Claypole 18-25
Mr. Grimwig (a Doctor) 30-50
Mrs. Bedwin (Housekeeper) 45-60
Old Sally 50-70
Charley Bates 10-18
Ensemble – workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow street runners, street vendors and crowd etc.

Volunteer Positions Available:

Costume Team - We are need of several volunteers to help sew and design costumes, as well as go shopping at second hand stores looking for specific items. 
Scenic Designer - We are in need of someone to design and to take the lead on the scenic painting team.
Scenic Painters - We are in need of several painters for set scenes
Fundraising Captain - Someone to organize and track the fundraising goals

Set Construction - We are always looking for new volunteers to help the team build the set.
Front of House - Volunteers needed to work with Jan and Yvonne, our FOH Managers.
Back Stage Crew - Move sets, organize props, manage actor entrances and exits.
So much more... - email if you can help in any way!

Note: It is the policy of the QAAW Board of Directors to not discuss casting decisions with outside persons.

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