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About the Show:

March 2, 3, 4, and 5, 2023

At the Rylander Theatre


By special arrangement with

Music Theatre International

Directed by: Irmgard Schopen-Davis

Music Director:  Carrie Poe

Choreographer:  Sierra Kelley

Based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Oliver! tells the story of the orphan who immortalized the line “Please, sir, I want some more.” He is raised in a workhouse, runs away from his employer, and falls in with a gang of pickpockets who use him to commit robberies.  Through happy and unhappy coincidences he meets up with his grandfather, with whom he is happily reunited.


The show has many roles for actors, singers, and dancers for children, teenagers, young adults, and older adults. Casting is done without regard to race or gender.   I am attaching a list of character descriptions for you to look over. (Please note, the "Artful Doger" is really called the "Artful Dodger" -- excuse the typo!)

Audition infomation:

Auditions will be held in the GSW Fine Arts Theatre (in the Fine Arts building) on:


  • Monday, November 28th: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 29th: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, November 30th: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 1st: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


What to expect at auditions:

  • Singers may audition in groups or on their own.  Solo singing will not be required at the audition.  

  • If you do want to audition for a solo singing part, please prepare a brief song of your choice that you feel demonstrates your abilities.  You will also be asked to sing a brief selection from one of the show’s songs.

  • Also be prepared to do a brief ‘cold’ reading of a scene from the show (‘cold’ here means a scene that you have not prepared in advance).

  • A dance audition will also be held so wear comfortable clothing and shoes in which you can move well. Bring dance shoes if you have them.


For more information, email Irmgard Schopen-Davis at


For more information about the musical, visit or listen to one of the many recordings on Spotify or watch the movie on Amazon Prime or YouTube.


We look forward to seeing you at auditions!  Thank you for your support of Sumter Players


For individual shows, contact the Rylander Theatre box office at 229-931-0001 or visit are available for sale 30 days in advance. Price for Oliver! tickets:

Adult: $22

Senior/Youth: $17

Our season ticket members receive a ticket(s) per production. It is because of their support that we are able to bring you this season.

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