Theatre-at-Tusculum will have auditions Aug. 28-30 for its annual fall musical directed by Marilyn duBrisk. This year duBrisk and her creative team will be bringing the classic musical “Oliver!” to the stage.
Auditions will be held Monday, Aug. 28 and Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. for the senior cast (ninth grade through adult) and Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. for the junior cast (third through eighth grade). Registration for auditions will begin 30 minutes prior to the listed audition times for each date.
All auditions will take place in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Auditions will consist of singing, choreography, and readings from the show’s script. No prepared audition pieces are required. Callbacks will take place as needed on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.
Performances are scheduled for Nov. 10-12 and 16-19. Rehearsals will take place during the fall on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with some Sunday afternoons scheduled. Rehearsals begin with a cast call on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. and a tentative rehearsal schedule will be posted during auditions.
The production team is looking to compile a cast of approximately 60 men, women and children for the production. Those wishing to audition should be prepared to list any scheduling conflicts between Sept. 3 and the performance dates during registration.
Roles include Oliver Twist, a lonely orphan boy; Fagin, a conniving career criminal who takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him; Nancy, a tragic heroine who takes a liking to Oliver and helps look after Fagin’s Pickpockets; Mr. Brownlow, Oliver’s grandfather; Bill Sikes, Nancy’s brutal and abusive lover and burglar; Mr. Bumble, the pompous beadle of the orphanage workhouse; The Artful Dodger, the cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets; Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, the insensitive couple who take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business; Mrs. Corney, the matron of the orphanage workhouse, and several others.
For more information regarding auditions or to see a full character breakdown, please visit the Arts Outreach website at http://arts.tusculum.edu, Tusculum College Arts Outreach on Facebook or call 423-798-1620.
Photo: Costume Director Erin Schultz; Assistant Director Brian Ricker and Director Marilyn duBrisk, from left, discuss costuming for Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Oliver!”