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Saturday, January 17, 2015


The Durban University of Technology starts the year with a musical flurry – staging the iconic Lionel Bart evergreen, Oliver!, based on the Charles Dickens classical story.

Oliver! is a delicious feel-good tale of young Oliver Twist and a host of colourful and eccentric characters. It is also a significant social commentary looking at the miserable life of a vulnerable young orphan living in Dickensian London.

DUT’s Drama and Production Studies Department will host auditions for boy sopranos age 7 to 13 with acting skills and the ability to perform.

The second phase of auditions will take place on January 19 from 09h00 at DUT’s Drama Department. Parking is at Gate 6. The audition piece is Food, Glorious Food which can be sent to auditionees on request, but another song which can show the range of the voice is also acceptable.

On the day of the audition, further arrangements such as rehearsal times and transport will be discussed.

The boys will be trained for the performance musically by Madlen Tzankova and for staging by Pamela Tancsik plus stage manager and theatre manager. An indemnity letter needs to be signed when agreement has been confirmed to participate in the production.

Oliver! is family-friendly and boasts a host of much-loved songs: Food Glorious Food; Oliver!; Consider Yourself; You’ve got to Pick a Pocket or Two; As Long as He Needs Me; I’d Do Anything and Oom-Pah-Pah. It has had a myriad incarnations with West End and Broadway versions, film versions and countless school and amateur renditions.

The cast will be a combination of DUT students and young children who made it through open auditions. It will be directed by Dr Pamela Tancsik and musical director is Madlen Tzankova.

Oliver! will be staged from March 22 to 28 at the newly-refurbished Courtyard Theatre.

For more information about the audition process, contact Pamela Tancsik on 082 403 1707 or e mail