Starring Lincoln: Search begins for Oliver and Artful Dodger

The first round of auditions will begin this week to find talented Lincoln children to play Oliver and the Artful Dodger in a once-in-a-lifetime cathedral performance.

Oliver! will be the biggest musical production to date for the Starring Lincoln Theatre Company, driven by hundreds of local volunteers and directed by Ben Poole.

This Wednesday, auditions will launch with the search for Oliver and the Artful Dodger at Lincoln College, Monks Road in the Knights Theatre from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

There will be a second chance for children to audition for these characters on Monday, November 12 at Cathedral Centre in Minster Yard, starting from 6.45pm.

Anyone wishing to audition on Monday, November 12 should book a slot using the Doodle poll here. 

The actor wishing to play Oliver requires an unbroken voice and his playing age (not necessarily the actor’s actual age) is between 10-13. The Artful Dodger can be played by a boy or a girl. Dodger is described in the musical as a young looking 16 year old but his playing age can be between 13-16.

Those auditioning will be asked to sing a verse and a chorus of Oom Pah Pah (lyrics on the website).

Recalls will be held on November 16 in the Nave of the Cathedral from 6.45pm.

The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company brought acclaimed performances Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll & Hyde to Lincoln Cathedral. Photos: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The large-scale community project follows the sell-out Lincoln Cathedral performances of Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll and Hyde.

Find out more about the Starring Lincoln Theatre Company, Oliver! and the latest rehearsals and audition info on the website here.

The next public rehearsal and auditions are at the Lincoln College’s Knights Theatre on Wednesday from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.