Auditions for ‘Oliver’ conducted Sunday at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley |

Auditions for ‘Oliver’ conducted Sunday at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley

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After wrapping a successful 35th season at Sand Harbor State Park, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is skipping their winter break to partner with the Nevada Shakespeare Company in the holiday production of “Oliver!”

Slated for Dec. 9 at the Resort at Squaw Creek, this marks the first ever Christmas show for the Festival and builds upon the collaboration formed with Nevada Shakespeare Company this year to increase educational outreach to youth throughout the region.

Auditions for Oliver! are Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m. in the main grand room of the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley. The lodge is located at 1901 Chamonix Place, behind the old Squaw Valley Fire Station and in front of Olympic Village Inn.

The auditions will fill 50-60 openings in the cast, for children ages 5 to 18, and provide an opportunity for kids to learn from professional actors in the community. The group auditions will be in the form of a workshop in three parts including acting, dancing and singing, with no advance preparation necessary. Instrumentalists can audition for the orchestra from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and should be prepared to perform a short extract from a recent performance, as well as sight read a piece from the show.

The audition fee is $20 and scholarships are available.

Oliver! the musical is an adaptation of the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, and tells the tale of a workhouse boy who runs away and is befriended by a band of villains, only to be arrested and eventually saved from the streets by wealthy aristocrat Mr. Brownlow. Knowing secrets of the pick-pocketing business, Oliver becomes the target of a kidnapping, but once again finds his way to Brownlow and eventually to a home and family of his own.

“Oliver! is a great selection for a holiday production, sharing what is good in the human spirit,” said Catherine Atack, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

For more information or to RSVP for the auditions, e-mail or call Joe Atack at (775) 240-6148.

For more information about the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor, call 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697) or visit

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