IT IS one of the best loved of all musicals both by audiences and performers.
Oliver is a powerful story with great songs and offers a real ensemble piece for musical societies to get their teeth into.
It also offers some terrific roles for young performers and that’s just what Longwood Amateur Operatic Society wants to point out.
The society is staging this perennial favourite in October on the main stage of the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
The hunt is one for youngsters to play the plum roles of Oliver and the artful Dodger as well as for young performers wanting perhaps to get their first big stage experience as one of Fagin’s Gang.
“It’s a fun show to be in, a great family show for audiences,” said society chairman Granville Stead.
“We are holding auditions early next month to cast principals.
“But we are also looking for youngsters who are capable of playing either Oliver or Dodger but also for children wanting to be part of Fagin’s gang.
“We are hoping to recruit 14 or 15 boys for Fagin’s gang. Ideally we’d like to see all-rounders. Children who can perhaps sing and have had some acting or performance experience.
“But we are also happy to consider children who haven’t been involved in a show before but would like to have a go.
“They must be a minimum of eight years old,” said Granville.
Auditions are being held on Sunday, February 3 at the Spiritualist Church in Old Leeds Road, Huddersfield. This is for both principals for the entire show plus Fagin’s Gang.
Anyone wanting to pick up audition material can do that on Wednesday evening, January 16 at the same venue.
Rehearsals for the show will start in May at the Huddersfield Light Opera Company rooms in Dundas Street in Huddersfield which the Longwood society also uses.
Anyone who auditions and gets a part in the show will be given a full rehearsal schedule.
If you are interested or need any more details contact Granville on 07909516028.