We are pleased to welcome you to the Summer School 2016 page! Following on from
our previous successful workshops of ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Little Shop
of Horrors’, “13” “Beauty and the Beast”, “Annie”,“RENT”, “Matilda” and “Return
to the Forbidden Planet”, we are really excited about this year’s workshop and planning
an amazing show - however we need YOU to help make it happen!
If you would like more information regarding the workshop then please read on.
Application forms are also available. If you have any questions, please emailus
and we’ll do our best to help!
Looking forward to working with you!
Tam & Chris Kimber
COURSE PRICE - £180/£130
OLIVER! By Lionel Bart
SUMMER WORKSHOP 15th - 26th August 2016
Cumnor House School for Girls, Woodcote Lane, Purley.CR8 3HB
Thank you for your interest in our production of Oliver! by Lionel Bart, please find
below further details and application form for the workshop. If you have any more
specific questions please do contact us!
The aim of the workshop is to rehearse daily for the duration of the
course creating two performances (with a possible date added if we have
enough numbers) at the end for friends + family to enjoy. The workshop will be
run by professional experienced teachers/musicians with the aim being to
enhance existing talents and improve students abilities in areas where needed,
all in a friendly and relaxed environment and, as was proved with all our previous
productions, will also be a fun way to spend a few days!
The course will run every week day but not on Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st August
which will be two days off to help with line learning/give students a rest etc. The
days will run from 10am - 4.30pm except for the two show days.
Younger cast members may wish to opt for the reduced time rehearsals which will be
mornings only (10.00am to 1.00pm) and we recommend this for students aged 10 or younger
as the full days can get very tiring!
Thursday 25th August (Show day 1) will start at 10am and we will aim to finish by
about 3.30pm to enable younger members to go home and rest before the show at 7.30pm.
Friday 26st August (Show day 2) will be free during the day (unless we add another
performance - which you will be informed about in plenty of time) and all members
will need to be at the venue by 5.30pm. After the last show - all members over the
age of 11 will be expected to stay behind to help with the ‘get out’ as, we don’t
want to leave everything until the next day!
The course is open to students aged 21 or under at the time of the production and
places are available for actors/singers on stage and a limited number of backstage
and technical crew.
Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and OLIVER! is just such a show.
Based on the Dickens novel, it engages audiences with its pathos and drama, while
delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers.Food, Glorious Food, I'd
Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will
BuyReviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens' characters are
brought to life-perhaps larger than life-with all their facets glowing in this production.
This is one of British Music Theatre's most popular shows and we are really looking
forward to putting our own unique stamp on it, promising to be an exciting and entertaining
experience for all involved.
Auditions will be held for lead roles during July if you are new to the company.
Previous workshop or Academy members will not need to audition. Parts will be allocated
on the first day of the workshop. Some previous experience for backstage/technical
crew is welcomed but not essential.
To reserve a place on the workshop a deposit of £50.00 must be sent along with a
completed registration form. Payments for the workshop may be spread out but will
be due in full by 1st August 2016.
Below you will find a description of the available lead and supporting roles. If
you wish to audition for a particular role, please indicate this on your application
form. If you wish to be in the ensemble, an audition is not necessary.
Oliver Twist, the main character of the story. He is a lonely orphan boy born in
the workhouse who asks for more gruel. Several solo songs.
Fagin, a conniving career criminal, takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick
pockets for him.
Nancy, Bill Sikes's lover. She takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own
child, but is eventually murdered for the steps she takes on his behalf.
Mr. Brownlow, Oliver's grandfather, a kind man of wealth and breeding. (non singing)
Bill Sikes, Nancy's brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and her eventual murderer.
One of Fagin's former successful pickpockets. Very strong character.
Mr. Bumble, the pompous beadle of the workhouse in which Oliver was born.
The Artful Dodger, the cleverest of Fagin's pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver.
Charley Bates, one of Fagin's pickpockets. He is Dodger's sidekick.
Bet, Nancy's best friend
Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, the insensitive couple who take in Oliver and use him in
their funeral business.
Mrs. Corney, the matron of the workhouse where Oliver was born,
later marries Mr. Bumble.
Charlotte Sowerberry, the rude and often flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys'
Noah Claypole, The Sowerberrys' apprentice, he bullies Oliver about his mother and
enjoys a flirtatious relationship with Charlotte.
Dr. Grimwig, foppish doctor and friend of Mr. Brownlow. He assesses Oliver's condition
at the beginning of Act II, deeming him fit to go outside. (non-singing)
Mrs. Bedwin, house-servant to Mr. Brownlow and carer of Oliver.
Old Sally, nurse at Oliver's birth. Old Sally steals Agnes's (Oliver's mother's)
gold locket which is the only clue to Oliver's identity. Before she dies, she gives
the locket to Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney.
Large number needed for Workhouse kids, Fagin's gang, crowd scenes, bar maids, flower
sellers, street vendors, policemen etc
Solo singing lines available in many songs - particularly "Who will buy?"
If you are not a performer, this is still a great way to be involved in the production.
We are fortunate to have a good amount of our own technical equipment which will
be used by students on the course. You will be taught how to use radio mics, sound
mixers and lighting desk etc. and then, in consultation with the director, design
and operate the lighting and sound for the show. will also be involved in the scenery
and prop making along with the cast members. will also be involved in the costume
design, programme design, videoing the course and show photography. These places
will only be available to students from year 7 upwards and will be limited.
If you cannot commit to the complete show, we will still need help in other areas
Set design/creation., Wardrobe/costumes, Make up, Props, Stage hands
If you wish to be involved in these areas, please do get in touch for more details.
Feesfor the workshop are set as follows:-
£180 for all members of the course.
For younger members doing the morning sessions only, the amount is £130.
This includes all tuition, a lifetime supply of skills, the opportunity to make lifelong
friends and enormous fun!
Discounts for siblings are available on application to the office.
If you wish to register and take part in this year’s production, please fill out
an application form and send it to our office address.
A deposit of £50.00 is due on enrolment and the final balance is due by 1st August
2016 Cheques should be made payable to “Cantate”. In the event of a member being
unable to take part in the production at the last minute, we regret that we will
be unable to return fees.
If you have any further queries, then please do get in touch with us!