Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is searching for young DC-area actors, ages 10 – 18, for next season’s production of Oliver!, opening October 30, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage.
Details from the press release: Director Molly Smith and her casting team will be looking for two young boys to rotate in the title role, along with 9 young actors (1 girl and 8 boys) to fill the ensemble roles. Singing auditions and callbacks will be held at the Mead Center (1101 Sixth St., SW).
Registration begins at 12pm on Saturday, May 2nd in the Molly Smith Study. See below for the complete schedule.
“Being a home for American theater means being a home for artists of all ages, shapes and sizes,” shares Smith. “Our experiences with Camp Arena Stage and the Musical Theater Academy have demonstrated that the greater Washington area has a wealth of talented young people. We have been delighted to highlight several young people from the area on Arena’s stages, including my own productions of Oklahoma! and The Music Man. I just know we will find some fabulous Olivers and ensemble players through this open call.”
Last season, brothers John and Leo Manzari reunited with their mentor in Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, following Hines’ 2010 discovery of them to tap alongside him in Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies. The Manzaris came full circle when they had the opportunity to help cast and mentor 13-year-old twins Max and Sam Heimowitz, who were selected from the open dance call at Arena Stage.
In 2012, five local youth were selected from open auditions for The Music Man starring Kate Baldwin, including then elementary school students Ian Berlin as Winthrop and Heidi Kaplan as Amaryllis. Audiences may also remember June Schreiner’s performances first as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and then Muriel in Ah! Wilderness after she was discovered as a high school student through Arena Stage’s Musical Theater Academy. And in 2009, 21-year-old Zurin Villanueva, then a senior at Howard University, was selected to be Yolanda in Arena Stage’s production of Crowns.
Actors from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Arena Stage Casting Director Amelia Powell will be conducting the auditions with Smith and Musical Director Paul Sportelli.
Oliver! Young Actor Open Auditions schedule for Saturday, May 2, 2015.
12:00-1:00 p.m.: Registration in the Molly Smith Study
1:00-6:00 p.m.: Singing auditions and callbacks
Note: The first 60 people who register will be guaranteed an audition, and the creative team will see additional actors on a standby basis until 4:30 p.m. All auditions are first come, first served.
Prepare: Bring two copies of headshot and resume. Come prepared to sing a 30-45 second song (16 bars). An accompanist will be provided, so sheet music is encouraged, though a cappella singing is acceptable.
Select auditioners will be asked to stay for additional choreography and scene work. Jazz shoes or comfortable dance shoes and attire is encouraged.
OLIVER (M, 10-16 with unchanged voice) A workhouse orphan. Oliver is an innocent and charming young boy, despite the cruelty that surrounds him. He is scrappy and resourceful.
THE ARTFUL DODGER (M, 16-23 to play teen) Fagin’s brightest pupil. He is a clever thief who is charming and witty.
CHARLEY BATES (M, 13-16) A boy in Fagin’s establishment. He is the protégée of The Artful Dodger, following in his footsteps and learning his every trick.
NOAH CLAYPOLE (M, 16-23 to play teen) The undertaker’s pimply apprentice who taunts and teases Oliver. Also plays ensemble roles.
WORKHOUSE BOYS (M, 10-16) Orphans in the workhouse and members of Fagin’s band of thieves.
CHARLOTTE (F, 13-21) The undertaker’s daughter. She is rude and spoiled. Also plays ensemble roles.
Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart
Directed by Molly Smith
In the Fichandler Stage
October 30, 2015-January 3, 2016
Rehearsals for Oliver! begin Tuesday, September 29, 2015, and performances run October 30, 2015-January 3, 2016. For questions about the casting call, please e-mail [email protected].