STAR Repertory Theatre is proud to announce auditions for


(Full Version)

Directed by:

NYA Judge/Award Nominated Director:

Scott Kolod

Co-Directed By:

Doug Friedman


Kevin "Blax" Burroughs

Musical Director:

Benjamin Goniea

Auditions: September 18th and 19th, 2017

Callbacks: September 20, 2017

Show Dates:

December 15-17, 2017

The AVO Playhouse, Vista, CA

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Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the STAR Rep Building at 329 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA



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.

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.


OLIVER (full version) is for youth, young adults, and adults!!!   To schedule an audition appointment for OLIVER please click on the link below to schedule your audition date and time on Sign Up Genius, email us at, or call us at (760) 751-3035.

Character Breakdown (17 roles, big ensemble):

Oliver Twist - Age 8 to 12. The novel’s protagonist. Oliver is an orphan born in a workhouse, and Dickens uses his situation to criticize public policy toward the poor in 1830s England. Oliver is between nine and twelve years old when the main action of the novel occurs. Though treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, he is a pious, innocent child, and his charms draw the attention of several wealthy benefactors. His true identity is the central mystery of the novel.

Mr. Bumble - Age 35-60. The pompous, self-important beadle—a minor church official—for the workhouse where Oliver is born. Though Mr. Bumble preaches Christian morality, he behaves without compassion toward the paupers under his care. Dickens mercilessly satirizes his self-righteousness, greed, hypocrisy, and folly, of which his name is an obvious symbol.

Mrs. Corney - Age 40-55. The matron of the workhouse where Oliver is born. Mrs. Corney is hypocritical, callous, and materialistic. After she marries Mr. Bumble, she hounds him mercilessly.

Bill Sikes - Age 30-45. A brutal professional burglar brought up in Fagin’s gang. Sikes and Nancy are lovers, and he treats both her and his dog Bull’s-eye with an odd combination of cruelty and grudging familiarity. His murder of Nancy is the most heinous of the many crimes that occur in the novel.

Fagin - Age 40 to 70. A conniving career criminal. Fagin takes in homeless children and trains them to pick pockets for him. He is also a buyer of other people’s stolen goods. He rarely commits crimes himself, preferring to employ others to commit them—and often suffer legal retribution—in his place. Dickens’s portrait of Fagin displays the influence of anti-Semitic stereotypes.

The Artful Dodger - Age 14-18. The cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets. The Dodger’s real name is Jack Dawkins. Though no older than Oliver, the Dodger talks and dresses like a grown man. He introduces Oliver to Fagin.

Charley Bates - Age 10-18. One of Fagin’s pickpockets. Charley is ready to laugh at anything.

Nancy - Age 20 to 25. A young prostitute and one of Fagin’s former child pickpockets. Nancy is also Bill Sikes’s lover. Her love for Sikes and her sense of moral decency come into conflict when Sikes abuses Oliver. Despite her criminal lifestyle, she is among the noblest characters in the novel. In effect, she gives her life for Oliver when Sikes murders her for revealing Monks’s plots.

Bet - Age 14-18. One of Fagin’s former child pickpockets, Nancy's best friend..

Mr. Sowerberry - Age 45-60. The undertaker to whom Oliver is apprenticed. Though Mr. Sowerberry makes a grotesque living arranging cut-rate burials for paupers, he is a decent man who is kind to Oliver.

Mrs. Sowerberry - Age 45-60. Sowerberry’s wife. Mrs. Sowerberry is a mean, judgmental woman who henpecks her husband.

Noah Claypole - Age 18-25. A charity boy and Mr. Sowerberry’s apprentice. Noah is an overgrown, cowardly bully who mistreats Oliver and eventually joins Fagin’s gang.

Charlotte - Age 18-25. The Sowerberrys’ maid. Charlotte becomes romantically involved with Noah Claypole and follows him about slavishly.

Mr. Brownlow - Age 55-70. A well-off, erudite gentleman who serves as Oliver’s first benefactor. Mr. Brownlow owns a portrait of Agnes Fleming and was engaged to Mr. Leeford’s sister when she died. Throughout the novel, he behaves with compassion and common sense and emerges as a natural leader.

Mrs. Bedwin - Age 45-60. Mr. Brownlow’s kindhearted housekeeper. Mrs. Bedwin is unwilling to believe Mr. Bumble’s negative report of Oliver’s character.

Workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow streetrunners, street vendors and crowd etc.

Audition Dates:
Monday, September 18, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm (New STAR Rep Building - 329 East Valley Parkway, Escondido)
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30pm (New STAR Rep Building)
Callback Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm (New STAR Rep Building)
Preparation:      1 minute song CD/Tape/iPod (music only)
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Production Fee: $300 (New STAR Members); $275 (Non STAR Members); $225 (STAR members)
Payable at audition (or you will not be able to audition or be cast in the show)
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* Your non-refundable tuition is due at the time of your audition, or your audition with not be permitted.  (If you are not cast in the show, your mandatory tuition will be refunded to you.  If you drop because you do not like the role you were given, your mandatory tuition will not be refunded, but will be credited awards another STAR Rep production).  Partial scholarship forms must e submitted a month before auditions.  Only 5 will be given to needed families.

* Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to dance in, and bring something to do and eat/drink at callbacks, as you can expect to sit around for long periods of time without being called. 

Production Fee Includes:  Approximately 150 hours of professional instruction (acting, choreography, vocal, music, etc.), costumes, make up, our gorgeous performance venue, and professional class instruction throughout the course of the production. If you become a STAR member, you will save $50 off the next show (see below for details)! 

Ticket Requirements:  Each family is required to sell 15 tickets (at $13 per ticket) to this production (total $195) in order for STAR Repertory Theatre to offset the cost of renting the performance venue, rights, props, musicians, pianist, etc.  The $195 is due when pre-sale tickets go on sale on November 1, 2017.  Each family will be given ticket vouchers at the time to distribute the 15 tickets to their friends and family.  Friends and family must turn in their ticket vouchers for the show(s) they wish to attend no later than December 1, 2017.  Failure to purchase the required 15 tickets will result in being dropped from the production. 

(Everyone must attend ALL rehearsals 2 weeks prior to Tech Week) !! 
There are need-based partial scholarships, and payment plans available. Up to 5 partial scholarships are available per STAR production. STAR students must apply for a partial scholarship one month (30 days) prior to their audition in order to be considered. Click Here to print the Scholarship Application.

Membership Special:  If you become a STAR member, you will save $50 off our next show!  In order to become a STAR member, your tuition for this show will be $300. Then your tuition for our next show will only be $225!  You will be saving $50 on tuition, and $25 off the membership fee, giving a total savings of $75!  You will also receive a FREE STAR Repertory Theatre car decal if you become a STAR member!!

Show Contract/Forms:  All forms and The Oliver Show Contract is attached to Sign Up Genius, and is also available here on our website.  Please make sure that all forms and the Grease Show Contract is filled out and signed before your audition.  Please submit all forms and the Oliver Show Contract at your audition.  NO ONE will be able to audition without a signed Oliver Show Contract!

Rehearsals: Rehearsal days are Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:30 pm to 9:30 pm) and Saturdays (12 am to 4 pm) starting September 26th.

Show Dates: December 10-17, 2017, at The AVO Playhouse, Vista, CA (Production week starts December 10, 2017. 2 Weeks prior to Tech Week (except for holidays), Production/Tech Week, and Performances are MANDATORY...or you risk loosing your role!!)

To schedule an appointment, please email us at 
call us at (760) 751-3035, or
fill out our Audition form on our website at