All members of the company must be able to move well and the principal roles – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, The Wiz, Addaperle and Evillene – need to be good dancers have strong singing voices. Singing is also important for Glinda and Aunt Em. We will be holding auditions on Sunday 21st January 2018 for every role listed above plus The Gatekeeper. Other roles such as Uncle Henry, Lord High Underling and The Leader of the winged monkeys, will be cast from the company where possible. Auditionees do not have to learn the lib but they must be very familiar with it and be prepared to work on different sections with different people during the process.
Dorothy – playing age 16-22. Innocent young girl from Kansas who dreams about getting out and going on an adventure before realising that there is no place like home! We’re looking for a sassier Dorothy than we see in The Wizard of Oz, someone who is innocent but can look after herself. Needs to be a triple threat performer and not necessarily what we have always seen in a traditional Dorothy. Audition Details: Libretto – Scene 2 to 4 pages 22-35 – omitting songs. Also, scene 6 page 38 – 39 leading into the song. Vocal – “Be A Lion” to bar 110 DOROTHY: Female, Range: Mezzo Soprano, G3-B5) Bright eyed and alive as can be. Would rather remain a child as long as possible instead of accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.
Scarecrow – playing age 18+. Once again, a little sassier than the norm and has to be able to look as though his movement is out of control when it is anything but! Again, a triple threat performer is needed for this difficult role. We are open to different ages of performer 18+. Audition Details: Libretto – Scene 2 to 4 pages 22-35 – including song. Vocal – “Born On The Day Before Yesterday”. SCARECROW: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Tenor, D3-A4) Tired of being a scarecrow and the prospect of not going anywhere. Embarks on the journey to see The Wiz in hopes he can provide a brain.
Tinman – playing age 25+. Description is as above however a strong and stiff physicality is needed for the start of his journey. Playing age is a little older than Scarecrow as we feel he shows his fraternal side towards Dorothy on numerous occasions. Audition Details: Libretto – Scene 3 to 4 pages 27-35 – including song. Vocal – “Slide Some Oil To Me” . TIN MAN: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Baritone, E3-A4) Human at one time. Lost all his limbs to a cursed axe. Joins in the journey in hopes the Wiz will provide him a heart because “it isn’t enough to be good looking.”
Lion – playing age 30+. Needs to be an excellent comedic actor who can show his vulnerable side as well as his eventual courage. We need someone who is going to be happy to experiment with his physicality in order to develop the role in rehearsal. Needs to be outgoing and a bold performer. Audition Details: Libretto – Scene 4 bottom of page 33-35 – omitting songs. Also scene 6 page 38 – 39 Vocal – “Mean Ole Lion”. LION: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Baritone, G2-Bb4) Travels around the jungle scaring people but has “a yellow streak a mile wide.” Coward state stems from deeper mother issues and gets regular counselling from an owl. Joins in the journey to see the wiz to gain some courage.
Aunt Em – playing age 40s/early 50s. Seems very hard on Dorothy however shows how much she adores her through the advice given in her song ‘The feeling we once had.’ Will also double as company throughout the show. Audition Details: Libretto – page 9-10. Vocal – “The Feeling We Once Had”. AUNT EM: Female. (Range: Mezzo Soprano, G3-C5) Dorothy’s Aunt. Life has not been easy for her and promises little else. Harsh towards Dorothy at times but acts out of love.
The Wiz – playing age 40 to 60. Somehow has become the leader of Oz and isn’t prepared to let it go easily. Needs to be able to sing and move very well as some excellent, funk style songs and needs to bring out his arrogance in these. In the end his identity is revealed, and we see he is just like everybody else. May double with Uncle Henry. Audition Details: Libretto – pages 48-54. Vocal – “Meet The Wizard”. THE WIZ: Male. (Range: Tenor, C3-A4) All powerful leader over the land of Oz. Hides his true nature behind the façade of a temperamental leader. His true identity is an enigma.
Addaperle – playing age 40 to 60. Good witch of the north. Great character role. Needs to be an excellent comedic actor who can sing and perhaps do a few magic tricks. Slightly crazy, maybe an old hippy type who is chaotic and fun! Audition Details: Libretto – pages 14-16. Vocal – “He’s The Wiz”. ADDAPERLE: Female (Range: Mezzo Soprano, F3-C5) Good Witch of the North. Has magic powers she refers to as “doing tricks.” Her magic abilities don’t always pan out as well as she would like them to.
Evillene – playing age 50-60. Pure evil! Needs to be a good physical actor who can also develop changes in her voice. Great character actor needed. Audition Details: Libretto – pages 55-61. Vocal – “No Bad News” (to bar 85). EVILLENE: Female, Age Flexible (Range: Alto, Bb3-Db5) Wicked Witch of the West. Low-down evil. Not a kind bone in her body nor kind thought in her rotten mind.
Glinda – Playing age 35-50. Small, but important role at the end of the piece. Must understand how to make an entrance!! May be a part of the company too. Audition Details: Libretto – pages 86-87. Vocal – “Believing [reprise]”. GLINDA: Female,(Range: Alto, C4-Eb5) Good Witch of the South. Prettiest of all the witches. Very wise in the way of show-business.
Gatekeeper – playing age 25+. Small but important role. Very much a jobs worth of the highest order. Shows his true worth as he is tricked when our heroes return from Killing Evillene. Audition Details: Libretto – pages 43-44. GATEKEEPER: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Non-Singing) Guards the gate to the Emerald City.
We are also looking for performers to be a part of the company who will be able to take on smaller roles. The Munchkins and Citizens of Oz will be of all ages from 8 upwards so we can make families.
[Descriptions in blue italics are from the ‘Samuel French’ libretto guide]