Sunday, May 18
4 to 7 p.m.
Monday, May 19
4 to 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Wizard of Oz
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
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.
Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas – like so many girls her age – dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day, a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination!
This stage adaptation includes all the beloved songs from the classic 1939 MGM movie musical — Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve, We're Off to See The Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road) and The Merry Old Land of Oz.
This show requires a large ensemble of male and female performers.
Because this show is a Young Actor Series production, casting will be limited to males and females between the ages of 7 and 23 only.
CLICK HERE to read descriptions of the show's characters.
These auditions will be scheduled by appointment only. Please pick a day to audition — either May 18 or 19 — and then please CLICK HERE to book your audition appointment online.
Please prepare 32 bars of music from a musical-theater song in the style of the songs from the show. You can also choose a song from the show, but this is not required.
Those auditioning must bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.
You may be asked to read from the script. CLICK HERE to read the audition "sides" (scenes from the script).
At the audition, you should plan to stay for about 30 minutes.
Please bring your calendar with you. You will need to declare in advance any conflicts with any rehearsal. This includes vacations, trips, sports, lessons, work, etc. Conflict dates will not be accepted after the show has been cast. There are no excused absences during the show's "tech week" (which begins Sunday, July 20 and continues daily through the final dress rehearsal on Thursday, July 24).
Weathervane Playhouse is a volunteer-based theater and the parents and/or families of the cast members are required to participate behind the scenes. Each family is asked to volunteer to work at two performances and at one technical rehearsal. Those with two children participating will be asked to volunteer to work at four performances and at one technical rehearsal.
ABOUT THE SHOW'S CHARACTERS
DOROTHY GALE (approximate age range: 15 to 18) — A strong female singer who also moves well on stage. Person cast must NOT be allergic to dogs! (Vocal range: G below middle C to F with a strong "legit" sound).
THE SCARECROW/HUNK — Male or female who is also a strong singer/dancer with an "honest" quality. A sympathetic and optimistic friend. Lovable and clumsy. Must be an excellent dancer. Acrobatic skills preferred. Must NOT be allergic to dogs! (Vocal range: strong to an F.)
THE TINMAN/HICKORY — Male singer/strong dancer. Charming and thoughtful, a kind-hearted romantic. (Vocal range: strong baritone to G.)
THE COWARDLY LION/ZEKE — Male singer who also moves well on stage. Cuddly actor with excellent comic timing. (Vocal range: strong baritone to F.)
THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST/ALMIRA GULCH — A non-singing female actor. Vengeful, nasty and hungry for power.
GLINDA/AUNT EM — Strong female singer. "Beautiful, benevolent and beloved." A very maternal figure. (Vocal range: strong soprano to A sharp.)
UNCLE HENRY — A non-singing male actor who plays Dorothy's uncle and guardian. A good-hearted and plain-speaking man. This hard-working Kansas farmer is an affectionate family man.
THE WIZARD OF OZ/PROFESSOR MARVEL — A non-singing male character role, he's an older father figure with a theatrical, eccentric flair.
THE MUNCHKINS — These are the little people of Munchkinland. Long oppressed, they are happy to be freed by Dorothy. Group singing and movement are required for all munchkins.
FEATURED MUNCHKINS — These are the "step-out" roles from the Munchkin ensemble: Mayor of Munchkin City, the Coroner, the Lollipop Guild and the Lullaby League.
THE FLYING MONKEYS — The minions of the Wicked Witch of the West, the Flying Monkeys do not speak or sing but will most likely be double-cast as Munchkins. Acrobatic skills preferred.
THE CITIZENS OF OZ — An ensemble of strong singers and dancers.
THE WINKIES — 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.
ABOUT THE REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will start on Monday, June 2.
Rehearsals will take place five days a week — Sundays through Thursdays.
For the first week — June 2 to 5 — rehearsals will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.
Beginning June 9, rehearsals will take place on these same days but from 3 to 5 p.m.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES
The Wizard of Oz will play for 15 performances on Weathervane's Founders Theater stage between July 25 to Aug. 10, 2014.
Here is the complete performance schedule:
Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 29 at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE SHOW'S DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
SARAH BAILEY this past December celebrated her eleventh consecutive year as the director of Weathervane’s annual Young Actor Series production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also most recently directed and choreographed Honk! and The Music Man for Weathervane Playhouse. In 2012, she directed Weathervane’s Young Actor Series production of Annie. Her other Weathervane directorial credits include 2011’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, 2010’s Seussical, 2009’s Madeline and the Gypsies, 2008’s Go, Dog. Go! and 2006’s Madeline’s Rescue. As a performer on the Weathervane stage, she played Trix (the aviatrix) in The Drowsy Chaperone. Her other Weathervane performance credits include Sister Margaretta in 2006’s The Sound of Music and Sister Amnesia in 2004’s Nunsense (for which she won a Chanticleer Award, the Playhouse’s version of the Tony Award!). She has taught Weathervane youth-theater classes for nearly a decade and she is a frequent performer with The Not-Ready-for-Mainstage Players at the Playhouse’s annual Chanticleer Awards ceremony. Since September 2010, as Weathervane’s Education Outreach Coordinator, she has also assisted the Playhouse’s education department in coordinating the hiring and training of the many teachers who staff the Playhouse’s participation in Akron After School (on-site, after-school theater-education classes at dozens of Akron Public Schools facilities). She received her bachelor’s in music from Ohio Northern University and her master’s in music and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She has sung at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic and was a grand finalist in Guangdong, China, International Vocal Competition and has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Her favorite roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette and a Cherubino in Le Nozze de Figaro. Her grandest roles, however, remain mother to three daughters — Isabelle, Sophia and Cecilia — and wife to husband Kyle, with whom she shares a home in Cuyahoga Falls.
ABOUT THE SHOW'S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
DANE C.T. LEASURE spent last summer serving as the assistant director for Weathervane's production of Honk! He is currently a graduate student at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, pursuing a Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts (MLitt/MFA) in Shakespeare and Performance. He has acted and directed around Northeast Ohio and has worked as an understudy for the American Shakespeare Center. He has worked on and off the stage at Weathervane Playhouse, performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Sum of Us. He has worked for Weathervane's education department teaching classes both on site and for the Akron After School program, and he performed with the education-outreach troupe in Furry Tails with a Twist and Two Swords, a Bag of Marbles and a PB&J. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. CLICK HERE to visit his Web site!
ABOUT THE SHOW'S MUSICAL DIRECTOR
SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON is a graduate of Kent State University School of Music and was a Blossom Music Scholar with the Cleveland Orchestra. A graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, Harvard Divinity School and Oxford University, Sharon is a minister, lawyer and musician. She is the founder and director of Faith Musicals, a faith-based musical company that produces eight original musicals for the benefit of local and national charities. For Weathervane Playhouse, she served as the musical director for last summer’s Honk! and The Music Man; 2012's Annie; the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 2011; and Seussical in 2010.
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