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The Wizard of Oz

September 26 – October 5, 2019
Rivergum Theatre, Parade College Bundoora

Synopsis

L. Frank Baum’s classic novel comes to life in The Wizard of Oz. This faithful adaptation by the Royal Shakespeare Company features all the most beloved songs and moments from the 1939 classic film, brought to life onstage. Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a host of whimsical characters: good witches, bad witches, animals that talk, scarecrows that walk, and things magical to behold. To find her way home, she must journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the mysterious and all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends, but must also brave many dangers, including the Wicked Witch of the West, who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers. To make it home safely, Dorothy must learn an important lesson: there’s no place like home.

Production Team

Director: Joseph Simms
Music Director: Melissa Karakaltsas
Choreographer: Louisa D’Ortenzio
Assistant Director: Adam Richardson

Assistant Choreographer: Demi Mangione

Production Manager: Bianca Jones
Production Liaison: Adam Turner 

Audition Information

Singing & Acting Auditions

Monday 27th May 7:30pm to 10:00pm at Yarrangabee Centre, Parade College

Tuesday 28th May 7:30pm to 10:00pm at Yarrangabee Centre, Parade College

Wednesday 29th May 7:30pm to 10:00pm at Banksia Room, Parade College

Movement Audition and Call-backs

Sunday 2nd June 11am at Yarrangabee Centre, Parade College

(All auditionees must attend both an individual singing & acting audition and the movement audition)

Character Breakdown - Available Roles

Lead Roles

Dorothy: (Mezzo Soprano. G3 – C5 (E5)) Young Kansas girl, earnest, expressive, and strong-willed, in search of something more. Very strong singer who moves well.

Scarecrow/Hunk: (Tenor. Bb2 – F#4 (Ab4)) Plucky and clever in a pinch, even while lacking a brain. Strong actor with an honest quality. Excellent dancer – acrobatic skills a bonus.

Tinman/Hickory: (Tenor. Bb2 – G4) Desperate for a heart. A kind-hearted romantic. Singing and dance required.

Lion/Zeke: (Baritone. Bb2 – F4) A mix of bravado and cowardice. Should move well. Cuddly actor with excellent comic timing.

Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz: (Non-Singing) Older father figure with an eccentric flair. Basic conjuring or sleight of hand a bonus.

Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of The West (Non-Singing) Character villain with an over-the-top stage presence. Excellent comic actress, has a killer cackle.

Glinda: (Mezzo Soprano. G3 – C5) The Good Witch of the North. Benevolent and beloved. Strong singer.

Voice types that differ from those above will be considered.

 

Featured Ensemble

Aunt Em: Demanding, but loves her niece

Uncle Henry: Dorothy’s pleasant uncle

Guard: Strong comic actor, big presence

Nikko: The head of the Wicked Witch’s Flying Monkeys

Featured Dancers

Ensemble

Munchkins, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Oz Citizens, Flying Monkeys, Winkies

Audition Expectations

Singing

Adults

To audition for a lead role, please prepare two songs: one in the musical style of the show and one that demonstrates your ability to portray a character. To audition for the ensemble only, please prepare one song, preferably in the musical style of the show. You may not be required to sing the entire piece, so consider an appropriate place to begin singing. Please bring sheet music in the correct key if you wish to sing with the accompanist. If you would like to audition with a backing track, a speaker will be provided; however, you may like to consider bringing your own equipment in the event your track is unplayable through our equipment.

Children (Under 12)

Prepare one song being a character piece showing emotion and style of character auditioning for.  No songs from the show preferred. You may be asked to do scales/vocal exercises to gauge your range. Please memorise the songs. We may not listen to the entirety of your song, but please remember this is in no way a reflection on your vocals. We will have just heard everything we need to. Please bring sheet music in the correct key if you wish to sing with the accompanist. If you would like to audition with a backing track, a speaker will be provided; however, you may like to consider bringing your own equipment in the event your track is unplayable through our equipment.

If a “Child” (Under 12) wishes to audition for a Lead Role – Please read the “Adult” audition information to ensure you fulfill all requirements. 

Acting

If auditioning for a lead, you will given a small passage to read. This is to allow us to get an idea of your acting ability and characterisation. You will not be required to memorize lines for this audition.

Movement

During the Singing Audition, each person auditioning for one of either Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman or the Lion will be required to complete a short movement audition.

Each auditionee will also be required to attend the movement audition in which you will undergo various travel and traffic movement to view your timing and spatial awareness.

A more advanced dance sequence will be taught to interested candidates once the movement audition has been completed.

Call-backs

If you are required for a call-back, you will be notified on Thursday the 30th of May by phone, with the call-back requirements and information via email.

Cast Requirements

Membership

If successful in gaining a place in this production, you will be required to pay $100 in Production Fees. Payment plans can be organised with the Production Manager if required. This fee covers membership, insurance, rehearsal materials and refreshments.

Requirements

Each Adult will be required to hold either a valid Working With Children Check, or a VIT. The WWCC is free as a volunteer. Instructions will be given once cast.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals start Sunday 9th June

Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30pm-10:30pm

Sundays 12pm-5pm

Mandatory all-day rehearsals (required as per schedule)

Sunday 7th July 2019, 11am-6pm

Sunday 11th August 2019, 11am-6pm

All rehearsals will be held at Parade College (Rooms may vary)

Show Season

You will also be expected to be available for all shows as well as those final rehearsals in “Production Week”

Production Week

Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th of September

Performances

Friday 27th September 2019, 7:30pm

Saturday 28th September 2019, 7:30pm

Sunday 29th September 2019, 5:00pm

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 7:30pm

Thursday 3rd October 2019, 7:30pm

Friday 4th October 2019, 7:30pm

Saturday 5th October 2019, 2:00pm

Saturday 5th October 2019, 7:30pm

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