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Friday, March 18, 2016


WELLSBORO—Hamilton-Gibson Productions is looking for more people to participate in its summer musical “Oliver!”

“We are excited to announce that we’re presenting the show in the newly renovated Straughn Auditorium on the Mansfield University campus. It’s a huge space so we are able to cast a larger number of people than we usually can in smaller venues,” said Thomas Putnam, artistic director.

“Oliver!” features a large number of boys who are generally in the fourth through eighth grades. “We are looking for up to 40 boys for this show. They will play a wily band of pickpockets with Fagin as their ‘protector,” said Putnam.

In addition to the band of boys, there will be two major roles for boys who are fourth through eighth graders. One is Oliver, the title character, and the other is the mischievous Artful Dodger. All of the boys will sing and dance. Dodger is the most demanding role in terms of singing and dancing.

Auditions for the boys will be Friday, April 1 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. or Tuesday, April 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro, right next to the Native Bagel.

For the audition, all boys are expected to learn a dance routine and the song “Consider Yourself.” This can be found via a YouTube link at

Auditions for all other roles, including the adult chorus composed of high school students and older men and women and the principals will be at the Warehouse Theatre in Wellsboro on Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The main speaking and singing roles include Nancy, Bill Sykes, Fagin, Mr. Bumble, Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, Widow Corney, Bet (teenage girl) and Mrs. Bedwin. There are other speaking roles.

Performances for "Oliver!" are Fridays and Saturdays, July 15 and 16 and July 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Straughn Auditorium. Rehearsals in May and June will be in Wellsboro and in July will be in Mansfield.

For more information, call 570-724-2079 or visit or Hamilton-Gibson Productions' Facebook page.

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