A Rose with Starry Eyes











  • The part of Nancy is an alto, G3-G5. It is also a rather major part to play, since she has a lot of line and is included in many songs.
  • Basic Character History: Nancy is a late teen or in her early 20s, having been corrupted by Fagin at the age of 6. She lives with her abusive thief of a boyfriends, Sikes, who she stays with because she loves him. She doesn’t want to go to the trial because she claims she’s afraid people will find out about her, but goes anyways (probably because her BF Sikes threatened her). While Oliver is still captured by the gang, Nancy tries to help him by arranging to return him to Mr. Brownlow on a bridge at midnight if he brings no police. Sikes secretly follows her and beats her to death on the spot.
  • Deeper Character History: Despite her job as a thief & prostitute, Nancy treats Oliver in a motherly way; the original “tart with a heart of gold”. Dickens wrote her to illustrate his view that people, no matter how tainted by society they were, could still retain a sense of good. (Shown when she risks her life to help Oliver.) It might also prove interesting to highlight her attachment to her obviously abusive boyfriend; a mixture of lack of self-hatred and faith in him.
  • Accent is a key part to the character; she has an East London accent, which should also carry through in the songs that she sings as a way of showing that she’s a working class girl who can’t escape her roots, even while singing.
  • For my specific audition, I need to sing 16 bars of a song in my key (I’m an alto, so choose an alto song). I am torn between The Alto’s Lament and The Stepsister’s Lament. …What can I say? I guess I just must have a talent for lamenting! 😉 EDIT: I have decided upon the Stepsister’s Lament. I’m a bit afraid to ask mom where it is, but it’s that or buy it.
  • I looked online and the theatre I’ll be auditioning for is a community theatre, so less pressure there. (Or maybe more? I’m up against adults who’ll actually know what they’re doing!) But in the end, even a part in the chorus will help build my resume.

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…Ok, I’m not even going to lie. I’m driving myself crazy trying to figure out tomorrow. Everyone’s going to sleep right now so I can’t exactly practice singing NOW! And… I feel like this audition will actually prove my worth, since the crazy bitch who casts the h.s. plays obviously biased. Plus, I’m going through kind of a lot of trouble to prep for an audition that’s tomorrow! I have like, literally a day to prepare. And I tell myself I’ll be fine with anything, but will I? What type of chances do I even have?! I can probably be passable. The part I want is alto, so that’s good. They’re unbiased, unlike my h.s. Plus, that horoscope thing gave me some confidence; the day before an audition is just in the nick of time! (For a reason, perhaps…?) If nothing else, an audition is a step in the right direction towards de-mystifying the process! Of course, I have a less impressive resume, am not a knockout singer, and I’m unfamiliar with my competition. I might get something, though… Maybe even something good!



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