By L. Frank Baum, With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard, Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Video Auditions Due June 3, 2020
Call backs: June 8 & 9, 2020 at 7:00pm
July 23 – 26 & July 30 – Aug 1, 2020
Director: Susan Yeager
“There’s no place like the theatre. There’s no place like the theatre.”
Yes! We will be having auditions for ALT’s summer production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Due to the COVID-19 craziness, we will be having video auditions with callbacks in person. You do not have to be a member of ALT to be involved in the production.
Download the audition packet below which includes the audition form and policy page which will need to be returned to us along with your audition video.
Everyone will need to sing a solo that best shows off your voice and record it on your phone. You can sing with a karaoke track of your song or with a family member playing the piano for you. Please no a cappella singing. You may also do a separate video of you reading one of the short cuttings if you’d like to be considered for a speaking role. Then email your videos and forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to send in your audition forms and videos is June 3, 2020. Callbacks will be June 8 & 9.
Auditions Packet – Wizard of Oz (Please Download All Files)
Cuttings – Pick one of the cuttings below to read. Click on the link to open it in a new window so you can print. There are very few monologues in this show so many of the cuttings below have multiple characters. You can have someone in your home read with you (but only you should be in the video). If you don’t have anyone to read with you, you may either read the other character parts too or just read the character lines you’re auditioning for and skip over the other character lines. For ensemble roles, pick any cutting you think will work best for you.
Auntie Em Miss Gulch Henry Dorothy pg13 to 15
This has many women’s parts. You can read the whole scene or just parts of it.
Professor Monologue Ensemble Men pg 20
The professor’s monologue, but good for men trying for ensemble roles.
Munchkins pg 28
The munchkins will mainly be children. This is part of the Munchkin song, but they don’t need to sing it, just read the highlighted section. Children can also audition by reading a short bit from one of their favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Scarecrow and Dorothy pg 34 to 35
Scarecrow’s first scene. You can read just his lines if you don’t have someone to read with.
Tin Man Dorothy Scarecrow pg 42 to 43
Tin Man’s first scene. You can read just his lines if you don’t have someone to read with.
Lion Monologue or Scene Scarecrow Dorothy pg 49 to 50
You can read either just the highlighted parts as a monologue or you can do the whole scene.
Susan Yeager will be returning to direct this summer musical for Ardmore Little Theatre. Susan has directed several shows for ALT, most recently “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Spamalot”, “9 to 5 the Musical”, “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Young Frankenstein”. Performances will be July 23 – 26, and July 30 – August 1, 2020 at the Goddard Center. All performances are at 7:00pm, except for the Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.
SYNOPSIS: This faithful adaptation of the novel by L. Frank Baum brings to the stage beloved songs and moments from the classic 1939 movie. A tornado carries young Dorothy Gale from her Kansas home to the magical Land of Oz where she encounters a host of whimsical characters: witches, talking animals, a scarecrow, lion and a tinman, plus other magical things. Seeking a way home, she follows the Yellow Brick Road to find the all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends and faces many perils. To reach home safely, Dorothy must learn an important lesson: there’s no place like home.
Characters (age ranges are just suggested):
Dorothy Gale (Lead): Female, 15-25, a strong singer who also moves well on stage; must not be allergic to dogs.
The Scarecrow/Hunk (Lead): Male, 18-50 Needs to be a strong singer/dancer with an “honest” quality, a sympathetic and optimistic friend, lovable and clumsy, must be an excellent dancer, acrobatic skills preferred.
The Tinman/Hickory (Lead): Male, 18-50, singer/strong dancer, charming and thoughtful, a kind-hearted romantic.
The Cowardly Lion/Zeke (Lead): Male, 18-50, singer who also moves well on stage, cuddly actor with excellent comic timing.
The Wicked Witch of the West/Almira Gulch (Lead): Female, 20-60, non-singing actor, vengeful, nasty and hungry for power.
Glinda/Aunt Em (Supporting): Female, 20-60, strong singer, “beautiful, benevolent and beloved,” a very maternal figure.
Uncle Henry (Supporting): Male, 35-70, a non-singing actor who plays Dorothy’s uncle and guardian, a good-hearted and plain-speaking man, hard-working Kansas farmer is an affectionate family man.
The Wizard of Oz/Professor Marvel (Supporting): Male, 30-70, a non-singing character role, he’s an older father figure with a theatrical, eccentric flair.
The Munchkins (Chorus / Ensemble): All Genders, 7-15, the little people of Munchkinland, long oppressed, they are happy to be freed by Dorothy, group singing and movement are required.
Featured Munchkins (Chorus / Ensemble): All Genders, 7-15, these are the “step-out” roles from the Munchkin ensemble: Mayor of Munchkin City, the Coroner, the Lollipop Guild and the Lullaby League.
Flying Monkeys (Chorus / Ensemble): The minions of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Flying Monkeys do not speak or sing but may be double-cast as Munchkins, strong movement skills preferred.
The Citizens of Oz (Chorus / Ensemble): an ensemble of strong singers and dancers.
The Winkies (Chorus / Ensemble): palace guards to the Wicked Witch of the West who will also double as Citizens of Oz.
Toto: a well behaved, house-broken small dog.