Children Invited to Audition for (free) Musical Theatre Training Camp at Assumption College

The Assumption College Department of Art, Music and Theatre invites area students (9-16 years) to audition, Oct. 10-12, for Assumption’s TheaterWorks program, a free, four-month intensive musical theatre training camp (acting, singing and dancing techniques) offered at no cost for 40 young people, 9-16 years, in Worcester and Metrowest. The program leads to participation in four performances of the musical OLIVER!, April 23-25 (2010), at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. Auditions will be held, by appointment, Oct. 10-12, on campus.

The 40 young people selected for Assumption’s TheaterWorks Program will prepare for the roles of the workhouse kids, orphans and street urchins in the musical OLIVER! Participants selected will be expected to commit to a training schedule, beginning Jan. 19, that includes Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4-7 p.m., and Sundays from noon-5 p.m.

The production’s teaching/coaching staff includes Brian Tivnan, Assumption College theatre instructor, who will direct and produce OLIVER!; choreographer Jennifer Agbay and musical director Fred Frabotta. A vocal coach also will be added to work individually with the participants. Four Assumption student interns will help manage and work with the program participants.

The musical OLIVER! is based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, the story of a mistreated orphan who escapes the hard life of a London workhouse and joins a gang of loveable pickpockets, run by the infamous Mr. Fagin. OLIVER! Includes the musical classics Food, Glorious Food; I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself and As Long As He Needs Me, among others.

Auditions for the TheaterWorks Program are Oct. 10-13, by appointment, at Assumption College. For more information or to make an audition appointment, contact Brian Tivnan at or call 508-767-7410.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews