Oliver! Open Auditions

Show Dates: Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th July 2020
Rehearsals: Thursday evenings for principals and Sunday afternoons for chorus & principals

Update – 17/03/2020
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have taken the tough decision to postpone the planned Open Day (21st March) and Auditions (28th March) for our summer production of Oliver. We are however not cancelling the production at this present time and will be reviewing the situation at the end of April to see if the production is still viable and potentially announce new dates for the Open Day and Auditions in May.

Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society are delighted to be producing 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 extremely popular with young and old.

Nine year old Oliver Twist, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice Mr and Mrs Sowerberry’s undertakers. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance with a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. But 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 Sykes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

The show is made up of 11 principal roles, a children’s chorus and an adult ensemble. There are several smaller roles which will be shared between the ensemble during the rehearsal period. The show has a range of big full cast numbers with movement along with solos. All interested in taking part in the show need to be comfortable singing, dancing and acting. All roles are to be played with in a cockney accent.

Open Day – Saturday 21st March from 11am till 12.30pm
Postponed – new dates to be confirmed in due course
This session is to bring everyone together ahead of the auditions to find out all about the show and hear our plans for the production. During this session we’ll go through the different characters in the show and also sing through the audition songs. At the end of the session we have will hard copies of the audition pieces, song lyrics and sheet music for people to take away and practise. These will also be available online for those who cannot make the session.

Auditions – Saturday 28th March
Postponed – new dates to be confirmed in due course
Children’s Chorus Auditions – 11.00am till 12.30pm (8 to 14 year olds – must pre-register)
Oliver and Dodger Auditions – 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Adult Ensemble Auditions – 2.30pm – 3.30pm (14+)
Adult Principal Auditions – 3.30pm – 5.00pm

We’ve put together an Audition Pack which contains all the information around the show and the audition process in one place. Make sure you read this pack thoroughly. If you have any questions after reading the pack you can speak to the team at the Open Day on 21st March or email us on

Click Here to download the Audition Pack