Consider yourself for Oliver auditions this month

THURROCK Operatic Society better known to those who frequent the theatre as TOPS take a brand new direction for their next musical production at the Thameside Theatre, Grays next March when they present the ever popular family musical OLIVER!

Hot from London’s West End the local group were delighted to be granted licence to perform the show and they are now preparing for rehearsals which start on the 8th September.

“What makes this a new direction for the group is that it will be the first time it has produced a musical where there is a great demand for young actors and because of its popularity a chance for local children to get involved” explain group chairman, Gary Sullivan. “Oliver is a great musical and we are looking for two teams of local young actors to fill the roles of Orphans and Urchins as well as the coveted roles of Oliver and the crafty cockney Artful Dodger”

In addition to the children, the musical is full of adult characters too like Fagin and Nancy, Mr Bumbles and the Widow Corney, the villainous Bill Sykes and the eerie undertakers Mr & Mrs Sowerberry, not to mention a colourful array of chorus members so for local people looking to get involved in a familiar musical that’s full of fun the group are looking to attract newcomers too.

The group have an open audition policy which means anyone can join in the fun after a very informal relaxed audition and to assist anyone who wants to have a go, there’s a full information pack detailing everything you need to know before auditions available on its website at

Two teams of 24 local youngsters’ boys and girls are required to play alternate performances throughout the week long run plus two boys to play Oliver and two for the Artful Dodger. A motley array of adult ensemble members are sought to fill the stage with the characteristic Dickensian characters which sing their way through songs like “Consider Yourself”, “Oom Pah Pah” and “Who Will Buy” and of course, the search is on for Fagin and Nancy, Bumble and Sykes too.

If you’d like to know more download the pack or give the group a call on 07734 817418 (after 4pm) and you too can start to Consider Yourself one of the TOPS family”

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