Oliver Twist, Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, is coming to the Quad Cities! And you could be a part of this unforgettable performance!

Auditions for Oliver Twist will take place at The Spotlight Theatre (1800 7th Avenue Moline) this Saturday Jan 11 from 2 – 4 p.m. or Sunday Jan 12 from 12 – 2 p.m. Callbacks will take place on Sunday Jan 12 at 2 p.m.

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.



-Please prepare a 16-32 bar piece from a song of your choice and bring the sheet music with you, labeled for the accompanist. Keep in mind the accompanist will be sight reading your selection, so try not to bring anything too complicated

-Bring a headshot and resume, if you have one

-Everyone auditioning MUST BE at least 8 years old

-Please come dressed ready to dance at the auditions and bring appropriate shoes.



Rehearsals begin March 2nd and run M-F, 6:30-9pm. There will be a parent meeting before rehearsals start at 6:15pm on February 24th. There is one Sunday rehearsal on Sunday, April 5th from 1-3pm. Our first tech rehearsal is on Saturday, April 11th from 10am-2pm. And then tech runs from April 13-17th (Opening Night) All tech rehearsals are MANDATORY. There is also a mandatory pickup rehearsal on Thursday, April 23rd.



April 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th at 7:30pm

April 19th and 26th at 2pm



(All roles below are available and ages are flexible)


Oliver Twist

A workhouse boy about 11 years of age.

Gender: Male

Age: 8 to 12



An elderly receiver – runs training academy for young pickpockets.

Gender: Male

Age: 50 to 70ish


The Artful Dodger

Fagin’s brightest pupil – an undersized 16.

Gender: Male

Age: 12 to 18ish


Bill Sikes

A villian in his prime.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 45ish



A graduate of Fagin’s academy, and Bill’s doxy.

Gender: Female

Age: 25-40ish



A lass in Fagin’s establishment – idolises Nancy.

Age: 14 to 25ish


Mr. Bumble

A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse.

Gender: Male

Age: 35 to 60ish


Mrs. Corney

A sharp-tongued, domineering widow – the Workhouse Mistress.

Gender: Female

Age: 40 to 60ish


Mr. Brownlow

An old gentleman of wealth and breeding.

Gender: Male

Age: 55 to 70ish


Mr. Sowerberry

The Undertaker.

Gender: Male

Age: 45 to 60ish


Mrs. Sowerberry

Mr. Sowerberry’s wife and his overseer.

Gender: Female

Age: 45 to 60ish



The Sowerberry’s sluttish young daughter.

Gender: Female

Age: 18 to 25ish


Noah Claypole

Mr. Sowerberry’s pimply apprentice.

Gender: Male

Age: 18 to 25ish


Mr. Grimwig

A Doctor.

Gender: Male

Age: 30 to 50ish


Mrs. Bedwin

The Brownlow’s Housekeeper.

Gender: Female

Age: 45 to 60ish


Old Sally

A Pauper.

Gender: Female

Age: 50 to 70ish


Charley Bates

A boy in Fagin’s establishment.

Gender: Male

Age: 10 to 18



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

Gender: Any


For more information, visit https://www.thespotlighttheatreqc.com/.


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