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Barefoot in the Park

Directed by: Gregory Morton

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Mom- Shari Rosen-Kelly

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NCT Audition Announcement!

WHEN: Sunday, June 4th at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm - YOUTH (ages 7-17)

Sunday, June 4th at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm - ADULT (ages 18 and over)

Monday, June 5th at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm - YOUTH (ages 7-17)

Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00pm - ADULT (ages 18 and over)

WHERE: NCT, 6376 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19151 (located within Overbrook Presbyterian Church).

Performance Dates: November 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 2023

Director: John Cochrane, Jr.

Vocal Director: Allie Beik

Orchestra Director: Raquel Garcia

Choreographer: Suzanne Rainear


  • Sign-Up: All auditions must be scheduled through SignUp Genius please click on the link to sign up.
  • One week prior to auditions an electronic audition form will be emailed for completion prior to the audition.
  • Covid-19: Everyone is required to be vaccinated. Youth who are not able to be vaccinated will be required to provide a signed written statement from their guardian with the reason for exemption.
  • Vocal: Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show or from the show. No a cappella or recorded music will be permitted. If you choose a song that is not from the show, please bring sheet music with written-out accompaniment for the accompanist. A chord chart will not be accepted. Music on phones will not be accepted.
  • Dance: Please, come prepared for a dance audition with proper shoes and clothing. All are required to participate in the dance audition. All levels of experience are encouraged to audition.
    • A practice dance video will be emailed directly to the auditionee prior to the audition.
  • We are seeking a diverse and energetic cast age 7 & up. All roles are open. All genders will be considered for the youth roles including Oliver and The Artful Dodger.
  • The roles of Oliver and The Artful Dodger may be double cast at the discretion of the production team.

CALL BACKS: Callbacks will be held by invitation only on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm for both youth and adults

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will start mid August, 2023. Rehearsals are on Sunday [afternoons and/or evenings] Monday and Tuesday evenings.

MANDATORY REHEARSALS: Attendance is mandatory at the following; Sitzprobe, Sunday, October 15th and Tech Week Sunday, October 29, 1:30 ~ 10:30 October 30 & 31 starting at 6PM and STRIKE on Monday, November 20.

CLEARANCES: For the safety of minors who participate in all aspects of theater, it is the policy of NCT when minors are participating in a production to require all volunteers to obtain the PA Criminal Background, Child Abuse Clearances and FBI Clearances. There is a fee of $23.25 if you need to be fingerprinted. If you are cast, the Clearance Coordinator will go over the requirements in depth. If you have any questions please seek out a NCT Board Member.

QUESTIONS: please email


Below is a breakdown of the cast and recommended ages of the characters. Some characters will double as an ensemble member. There are plenty of ensemble roles with lines and singing solos. Vocal ranges are approximate.

A note about stage ages: Your stage age is NOT your actual age, but the age you appear on the stage.

A note about accents: The roles of Oliver, Mr. Brownlow, Dr. Grimwig and Mrs. Bedwin will speak with a “Posh” accent. All other roles will speak with a “Cockney” accent. Those auditioning will be expected to speak with a Cockney or Posh accent (or both). YouTube is a good resource for help with these two accents.

  • OLIVER TWIST (Stage age 9-13) (Vocal range A3/F5) Orphaned and abandoned from an upper-class family, Oliver ends up in the workhouse. He is innocent and good-hearted, with a strong spirit. Tip: The actor must have a strong ability to convey real emotions.
  • ARTFUL DODGER (Stage age 12) (Vocal range A3/F5) The cleverest of Fagin's pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver. He is a good soul in spite of his “occupation.” Dodger is lively and self-assured. Tip: The actor must have a dynamic stage presence.
  • FAGIN (Stage age 60s) (Vocal range Baritone or Tenor B3/Fb5) A conniving career criminal and conman. He takes in homeless children and teaches them to pick pockets for him.
  • Tip: The actor must have strong ability to convey a man of many dimensions: a leader, a vagrant, a father, a teacher, a lost soul and an eccentric.
  • NANCY (Stage age 25-30) (Vocal range Alto E3/B4) A graduate of Fagin's “school of thieves” and tragically involved in an abusive relationship with Bill Sikes. She is a career thief, hardened and streetwise beyond her years, but also intelligent, caring and good-hearted. She longs for a better life. A mother figure to Fagin's gang. Tip: The actor must have a strong ability to convey real emotions.
  • BILL SIKES (Stage age 35) (Vocal range Bass C#3/C4) Perhaps the most infamous graduate from Fagin's gang. Nancy's brutal and abusive boyfriend. Tip: The actor must be fearsome.
  • BET (Stage age 16-20) (Vocal range C4/C5) One of Fagin's former pickpockets. Nancy's protege. Bet looks up to Nancy and is caring and good-natured. Tip: The actor must be able to portray her devotion to Nancy.
  • MR. BUMBLE (Stage age 50) (Vocal range Baritone C3/A4) The domineering Beadle (a minor official who carries out various civil, educational or ceremonial duties) who runs the workhouse. Pompous and self-absorbed, greedy and uncaring. He preaches Christian morality, but behaves without compassion towards the paupers in his care. Tip: The actor must be able to be pompous and appear to over-power the other characters on stage. Good comedic timing.
  • WIDOW CORNEY (Stage age 50) (Vocal range Soprano C4/E5) The sharp-tongued, domineering matron of the workhouse. A widow, she will do anything to get Mr. Bumble’s attention. Tip: A comical role.
  • MR. SOWERBERRY (Stage age 40) (Vocal range Baritone Bb3/F4) The Undertaker. Lives up to his name. He is stingy and ruled by his wife. Slimy. Tip: Good comedic timing.
  • MRS. SOWERBERRY (Stage age 40) (Vocal range Alto or Soprano Bb4/F5) The Undertaker's wife. She rules the roost and is stingy and mean-spirited. Along with her husband, she provides some comic relief. Tip: Good comedic timing.
  • MRS. BEDWIN (Stage age 55-60) (Vocal range Alto C4/Bb5) The Brownlow's housekeeper. She cares for everything and everyone and is wise and kind-hearted. Tip: Motherly and kind.
  • CHARLEY BATES (Stage age 10-12, non-singing role) One of Fagin's pickpockets. He is Dodger's sidekick. Tip: Strong in reacting to scenes.
  • CHARLOTTE (Stage age 15-18, (non-singing role) The rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Tip: Her focus is solely on Noah Claypole
  • NOAH CLAYPOLE (Stage age 15-18) (non-singing role) The Sowerberrys' apprentice, he bullies Oliver about his mother and enjoys a flirty relationship with Charlotte. A downright bully. Tip: Is jealous of Oliver possibly taking over his position.
  • MR. BROWNLOW (Stage age 45-50)(non-singing role) A distinguished older gentleman of wealth and breeding. Tip: The actor must be able to convey authority with gentleness and compassion.
  • DR. GRIMWIG (Stage age 45-50) (non-singing role) A silly doctor who thinks he knows more than he actually does. Tip: Good comedic timing.
  • OLD SALLY (Stage age 70-80) (non-singing role) A pauper with an important secret. Tip: The actor must be able to convey a frail and old woman.
  • MATRON (Stage age 60-70) (non-singing role) A friend of Old Sally’s. Works in the Workhouse. Tip: Must be able to convey concern.
  • CHAIRMAN AND GOVERNORS (Stage age 60s) (All vocal ranges) you will have song lines in “Oliver” and chorus songs.
  • WORKHOUSE CHORUS (Stage age 8-15) Orphans, abandoned children and pickpockets. Some will double as Town’s kids.
  • FAGIN’S KIDS CHORUS (Stage age 8-15) Orphans, abandoned children and pickpockets.
  • TOWNSPEOPLE CHORUSES: POSH (Upper Class) and COCKNEY (Lower Class) (Stage age 16 and up) (all vocal ranges) Workhouse assistants, street vendors, townspeople, merchants, bar keepers, pub patrons, policemen, night watchman. Some individual lines. Singing and dancing in ensemble numbers.

“Who Will Buy” featured Soloists

  • THE ROSE SELLER (mezzo - D3/C5)
  • STRAWBERRY SELLER (soprano - Eb4/Eb5)
  • MILK MAID (soprano - Eb4/F5)
  • KNIFE GRINDER (baritone - Bb3/C4)​

It is the policy of NCT to ensure equal opportunities without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age (except in the instance of special rules for minors' participation), disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state of local law.

As of 5/18/2023 all parents/guardians of minors will need to obtain or submit clearances if their child is cast.

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Board of Directors Nomination Committee:

Justin Cochrane

Mary Beth Betzler

Mary Smith

Katie McCool-Bartolotta

Board of Directors


President: John Cochrane Jr. Until June 2024

Vice President: Justin Cochrane Until June 2023

Secretary: Cheryl Chewkanes Until June 2023


Treasurer: Maria Leonetti Until June 2023

Jensen Davis, Sean Holleran, Andrew McDermott, Richard Steinhardt Until June 2023

Chris Betzler, Mary Beth Betzler, Liz Bradley, Lacie Fischley, Alison King, Isadora Lyons, Mary Smith

Until June 2024

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