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.
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
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
Sunday 2nd June 11am at Yarrangabee Centre, Parade College
(All auditionees must attend both an individual singing & acting audition and the movement audition)
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.
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
Munchkins, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Oz Citizens, Flying Monkeys, Winkies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 start Sunday 9th June
Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30pm-10:30pm
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)
You will also be expected to be available for all shows as well as those final rehearsals in “Production Week”
Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th of September
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