Ovation West Theatre Company announces auditions for ADULT and YOUNG ACTORS and PUPPETEERS for THE WIZARD OF OZ
(The Royal Shakespeare Company version)
Read more about how to audition for our March / April musical theatre production!
Based on the book 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/Orchestrations by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the RSC
Stage Direction by Tim Kennedy
Assistant Stage Direction by Colleen Lee
Musical Direction by Jordan Ortman
Puppetry Designed and Taught by Katy Williams
Adults (17 yrs old and older): Please prepare a ballad or up-tempo from the Traditional Musical Theater era (1920s – 1950s). Please also bring a contrasting piece (i.e. if you chose a ballad for your first piece, your second piece should be an up-tempo from the same era) in case we want to hear a second piece. Please have sheet music for the provided pianist for both songs. Both songs should be under 3 minutes. We are not requesting a monologue, but definitely want to see your acting through your songs.
Children (6-16): Please prepare one musical theater song to sing from any style. Please bring sheet music of that song in the appropriate key for the pianist to accompany the auditioner.
DOROTHY GALE – female presenting, age range: 16 – 25, vocal range: G3-C5 (opt. E5))
AUNT EM – Emily Gale / GLINDA – The Good Witch of the North – female presenting, age range: 30-60, vocal range: G3-C5
UNCLE HENRY – Henry Gale / EMERALD CITY GUARD – male presenting, age range: 30-60, vocal range: Bb2-Eb4
ZEKE – Farmhand / COWARDLY LION – any gender, age range 20-60, vocal range: Bb2-F4
HICKORY – Farmhand / TINMAN – male presenting, age range 20-60, vocal range: Bb2-G4
HUNK – Farmhand / SCARECROW – any gender, age range 20-60, vocal range: Bb2-F#4 (opt. Ab4)
MISS ALMIRA GULCH / THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST – female presenting, age range 30-80, no solo singing, but may be asked to sing with ensemble
PROFESSOR CHESTER MARVEL / THE WIZARD OF OZ – male presenting, age range 30-80, no solo singing, but may be asked to sing with ensemble
TOTO PUPPETEER – any gender, age range 14-60, no solo singing but may be asked to sing with ensemble, puppetry experience not necessary as will be trained, will need to be very flexible and able to be on the ground for periods of time.
Adult Ensemble will all sing and play the roles of: Puppeteers, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Snowmen, Ozians, Winkies, Flying Monkies, Jitterbugs, and Ghosts
Children’s Ensemble will all sing and play the roles of: Citizens of Munchkinland, Puppeteers, Ozians, Flying Monkies, Jitterbugs
Statement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Ovation West Theatre is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, antiracist, and equitable theater environment that is representative of the wider Colorado community. Ovation West Theatre is committed to creating a culture of respect and support for all individuals through our auditions processes, rehearsals, and performances, as well as in our theatrical content, among our board of directors, production teams, volunteers, and patrons. We abide by the Colorado Theatre Standards. Actors of all genders from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
AUDITION SIGN UP: Click here to sign up for an audition slot, or you can email Production/Stage Manager Alex Woosley at Alex@ovationwest.org for an audition time and additional details.
EQUITY: Sorry, AEA contracts are not available for this production
STIPEND: Up to $400 per actor, commensurate with role responsibilities
Auditions Dates: Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2023 6:00pm – 9:30 pm at Evergreen Christian Church at 27772 Iris Dr., Evergreen CO, 80439, with overflow auditions held on Monday, December 4, 2023 if needed.
Callbacks will be held at the same location on Monday, December 11, 2023 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
*If you are not available on December 3, we will try to accommodate your audition on a different day or via video submission. Please contact us to determine the best option.
Rehearsal and Show Information: Rehearsals will take place mainly at Center Stage Theater at 27608 Fireweed Drive in Evergreen from January 20 – March 14 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings and afternoons. There will be a few rehearsals on Friday and Sunday evenings as well.
Performances are March 15th – April 7th on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Saturday matinee at 1:00 on March 30th. No performance on Easter Sunday, March 31st.