Auditions

Show

The Wizard of Oz (RSC Version)

Rehearsal Dates: 

Wednesday, May 29 - Sunday, June 9, 2019 

Performances Dates: 

Monday, June 10 - Sunday, June 16, 2019 (seven performances)

Location:

The Wizard of Oz will be performed on the Cohen Community Stage at Starlight Theatre. 
Auditions will be held in Berger Studio at Starlight Theatre. Park in the “Zebra Lot” located on the east side of the theatre and enter through Gate 8. 

Starlight Production Staff:

Executive Producer – Rich Baker
Director – Philip Wm. McKinley
Musical Director – Anthony Edwards
Choreographer – Paula Lynn
Director of Production – Kent Andel
Company Manager – Caroline Gibel


ADULT AUDITIONS – EQUITY PRINCIPAL AND EQUITY CHORUS CALL

Adult Auditions (18+)
Saturday, January 12, 2019 (no appointment necessary)

9:30 a.m.   – ECC-Chorus Dance Call registration begins
10 a.m.      – All learn Dance together
10:30 a.m. – Dance Call Block 1
11 a.m.      – Dance Call Block 2
11:30 p.m. – Singing Callbacks from Dance*
1 p.m.        – Equity Principal registration begins
1:30 p.m.   – Equity Principal Auditions*
6 p.m.        – Estimated conclusion of Auditions

Sunday, January 13, 2019 (Adult EPA and ECC Reading Callbacks - invite only)

11 a.m.      – Invited Callback from Saturday auditions 
12:30 a.m. – Estimated conclusion of callbacks

Equity Agreement: 

MSUA (Musical Stock Unit Attractions)
By agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, Equity members must be given audition priority over non-union talent. Non-union talent will be seen if time allows after all Equity members. Starlight Theatre is actively seeking a multi-cultural cast and utilizes non- traditional casting in its productions when ethnicity is not germane to the role or overall production. 

Preparation:

  • Bring a résumé and headshot
  • Dancers should wear jazz/character shoes
  • Music: Requesting 16 bars of a Broadway song. Songs from the show are welcomed. Bring sheet music in your key; accompanist will not transpose.

THE WIZARD OF OZ CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

DOROTHY GALE


female, part is mid-adolescent [plays age 13/14], with a warm belt voice.  She’s a mid-western farm girl, raised by her aunt and uncle; the story is her ‘coming of age’ parable to learn life’s values.  Will consider singing actors who are in their late teens or early 20s. Note that this is a very physical role, involving aerial/flying.  Star talent will also be considered.

MISS GULCH/WICKED WITCH


female, plays age 40s-plus; strong character actress, who can effect malevolence tinged with humor. MISS GULCH is a snarly, prim spinster school teacher; the WICKED WITCH is a grand cackling insidious witch. While this is principally an acting role, adjustment may be made to involve singing and/or dancing, if warranted for the performer cast.  Note that this is a very physical role, involving aerial/flying.  Star talent will also be considered.

AUNT EM/GLINDA


female, plays age 40s; versatile attractive singing actress, with good soprano voice. AUNT EM is a plain Kansas farm woman; GLINDA, the Good Witch of the North, is beautiful, sweet and benevolent (and slightly grand). Note that this is a very physical role, involving aerial/flying. 

PROF.MARVEL/WIZARD OF OZ


male, age 50s-plus; character actor with warmth, style and versatility, plus a sense of comic humor.  PROF. MARVEL is a slightly worn-out carnival showman; a good kind man (not seedy), he still has some style; the WIZARD OF OZ is somewhat similar, grander and at the same time more naïve, feigning stern omnipotence to cover up his true natural mild vulnerability; he is wise and caring, nevertheless.  Star talent will also be considered. 

UNCLE HENRY/GUARD/WINKIE CAPTAIN


male, age 40s-plus; character actor with a strong singing voice.  UNCLE HENRY is a weathered Kansas farmer; the GUARD/WINKIE CAPTAIN somewhat stoic.  Prefer a somewhat lean look; tall height (6’) advantageous.

HUNK/SCARECROW


male, age 30-plus; limber character dancer with good singing voice.  HUNK is a slightly goofy farmhand; SCARECROW is well-intended, somewhat child-like in that he only sees what’s immediately in front of him, in that moment.

HICKORY/TIN WOODMAN


male, age 30-plus; character dancer with warm singing voice.  HICKORY is the reliable unquestioning farmhand; TIN WOODMAN is stalwart, straightforward, and conservative.

ZEKE/COWARDLY LION


male, age 30s-plus; character actor/singer, with comic flair.  ZEKE the farmhand is a goof-off, can be a clown; COWARDLY LION is a grand blustering show-off who is really timid underneath; this is a ‘costumed’ (lion suit) character.

Ensemble


for Ensemble/Specialty, adult singers and dancers who are short in height [under 5’ tall] to play MUNCHKINS and/or WINGED MONKEYS

Any further Questions?  Please email auditions@kcstarlight.com.


TEEN ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS FOR BLUE STAR AWARDS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Ages 15-18 at time of audition
Sunday, January 13, 2019 (no appointment necessary)

12 p.m.      – Teen Ensemble Registration Begins
12:30 p.m. – All Learn Dance Together
1 p.m.        – Dance Call Block 1
1:30 p.m.   – Dance Call Block 2
2 p.m.        – Singing callbacks from Dance Call
3 p.m.        – Estimated conclusion of day

REQUIREMENTS/ PREPARATION, BOTH GIRLS & BOYS

  • ADVANCED DANCE SKILLS REQUIRED
  • Résumé and photograph required (a recent school photo, family photo or headshot). The résumés and photographs will NOT be returned.
  • You must be age 15-18 on audition day. Seniors who graduate class of 2019 may audition.
  • Bring jazz/character shoes.
  • Bring marked sheet music and be prepared to sing 16 bars of a Broadway song if calledback. Songs from the show are welcomed.
  • No recorded accompaniment allowed. The pianist will not transpose music.
  • All Participants must attend a 2018-2019 Blue Star Awards participating high school or be part of a 2018-2019 Starlight Education program.

Basehor-Linwood High School
Belton High School
Benton High School
Bishop Miege High School
Blue Springs High School
Blue Springs South High School
Blue Valley High School
Blue Valley North High School
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Central High School
Excelsior Springs High School
Fort Osage High School
Grain Valley High School
Grandview High School
Kearney High School
Lansing High School
Lawson High School

Leavenworth High School
Lee’s Summit High School
Lee’s Summit North High School
Lee’s Summit West High School
Liberty High School
Liberty North High School
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Oak Park High School
Odessa High School
Olathe East High School
Olathe North High School
Olathe South High School
Olathe West High School
Park Hill High School
Park Hill South High School
Piper High School
Platte County High School

Raymore-Peculiar High School
Raytown High School
Raytown South High School
Rockhurst High School
Ruskin High School
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Shawnee Mission East High School
Shawnee Mission Northwest
High School
Shawnee Mission South
High School
Shawnee Mission West High School
Spring Hill High School
St. Teresa’s Academy
Staley High School
Winnetonka High School


Don’t attend a Blue Star Awards participating school? You may still qualify to audition if you have participated in one of Starlight’s other Education programs:

  • Starlight STARS or Starlight STARS of Tomorrow
  • Starlight's Camps or Master Classes
  • Vincent Legacy Scholarship

YOUTH ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS 

Ages 6-14 at time of audition
Friday, January 11, 2019 (under 5’ tall preferred but not required - no appointment necessary)

3:30 p.m.   – Youth Ensemble Registration begins
4 p.m.        – All learn Dance together
4:30 p.m.   – Dance Call
5:30 p.m.   – Singing Call ("Over the Rainbow")
7 p.m.        – Estimated conclusion of day

REQUIREMENTS/ PREPARATION, BOTH GIRLS & BOYS 

  • Résumé and photograph required (a recent school photo, family photo or headshot). The résumés and photographs will NOT be returned.
  • You must be age 6-14 on audition day.
  • Bring jazz/character shoes or comfortable sneakers.
  • Each auditioner will be asked to sing part of the first 16 measures of “Over the Rainbow.” Lyrics below:
    • SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW WAY UP HIGH 
      THERE’S A LAND THAT I HEARD OF ONCE IN A LULLABY 
      SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW SKIES ARE BLUE 
      AND THE DREAMS THAT YOU DARE TO DREAM REALLY DO COME TRUE

Questions? Please email auditions@kcstarlight.com

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