The Wizard of Oz AND Hello, Dolly!
by Woodlawn Theatre
Apr. 29 - Apr. 30 (2018)
- There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into the Woodlawn! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production with classic songs.
- The blockbuster Broadway hit Hello, Dolly! bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and "woman who arranges things," are certain to thrill and entertain our audience.
Auditions: The Wizard of Oz and Hello, Dolly!
Dates: April 29 & April 30 at 7 pm
Please note auditions for BOTH The Wizard of Oz and Hello, Dolly! will take place on the same days and times.
Dance auditions will begin promptly at 7 pm, singing auditions will follow. Actors should prepare 16-32 bars from a song appropriate to the style of the show. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. No tracked music or a cappella singing will be allowed. Individuals of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to audition for all roles. No need to sign up for an audition time, just show up a little before 7 pm. Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one. Auditions are only for ages 16 and up. Children's roles will be chosen from students enrolled in classes at the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts at a later date.
The Wizard of Oz
Director: Rick Sanchez
Choreographer: Michelle Pietri
Musical Director: Jaime Ramirez
Audition Character Breakdowns:
Dorothy Gale: (Mezzo/Mix) Low G to E. Very strong singer with full sound. Female Identified (16-25, must look young). A young girl from Kansas who must sing beautifully and dance/move well. She is innocent and naive, but at the same time strong-willed and determined. She loves her dog, Toto, more than anything in the world and feels he is the only friend she has in Kansas. She longs to escape from dreary Kansas to someplace else more exciting and beautiful and perhaps where she will be understood.
Scarecrow/Hunk: Strong Baritone up to F# (opt. Ab) with excellent musical timing. Male Identified (20s-30s) The most loyal of friends to Dorothy. He will do anything he can to protect her and thinks he does not have a brain when in fact he just doesn’t realize how clever he truly is. Must have great physicality and movement ability. Comedic personality.
Tinman/Hickory: Strong Baritone/Tenor to G. Male Identified (20s-30s) A man who wears his heart on his sleeve with good comedic timing and a wonderful storyteller. His heart was broken when the Wicked Witch placed a spell on him that mutilated his body. He believes he has no heart and therefore cannot love again, although he loves Dorothy immensely and protects her. Tapping and percussion a plus. Great physicality.
Cowardly Lion/Zeke: Excellent musical comic timing required. Vocal range: Strong baritone to F. Male Identified (20s-30s) A man who has a big roar but no bite- literally. He is gentle and easily scared but ferociously protective. He mistakes his lack of confidence for lack of courage. Anxious but not lacking that ability to be brave when someone he cares about needs him.
Auntie Em/Glinda: Mezzo/Soprano (Low G to C ) Strong singer with rich low range and a solid mix. Female Identified (Late 30s-60s) Hard working farmer’s wife and partner to Uncle Henry. As Aunt Em she is practical and good. Every day is another day to get through on the farm. Appears tough yet cares deeply about all on the farm. Glinda is the protector of Dorothy, her fairy godmother in some ways. She has a comedic sense to her and exudes pure good. Possible flight over the house so must not be scared of flying.
Uncle Henry/Ozian Guard: Male Identified (Late 30s-60s) Husband to Aunt Em and adoptive father to Dorothy. Salt of the earth good man who has a sweet spot for Dorothy. As the Ozian Guard, he is the most sympathetic to Dorothy as he is the one who arranges the meeting with the Wizard.
Wizard/Professor Marvel: Male Identified (40s-50s) Professor Marvel travels with a carnival and is an excellent scam artist/salesman who can make anyone believe anything that comes out of his mouth. As the Wizard he appears to be great and powerful but is actually nothing but smoke and mirrors. He has built a wall around himself and the Emerald City to try and keep things as copacetic as possible so that he doesn’t actually have to rule. He hides away afraid that anyone might actually discover he has no power at all, and he is incredibly selfish- sending a little girl and her friends to their death.
Wicked Witch of the West/Elmira Gulch: Female Identified (40s) Elmira Gulch is a lonely, cold-hearted woman who has nothing better to do in her life than make others miserable. Wicked Witch is evil and feels as if she has been scorned. Is a dictator of the Winkie Country and forces others to do her evil bidding. A spoiled child in many ways and has very little substance of any description to support her. There is a comedic styling to her.
Male and Female Ensemble: (ages 16 and up) A diverse mix of personalities that play Winkies, Ozians, Flying Monkeys, etc. Strong movement and physicality a must. Need strong versatile singers who are very comfortable singing in tight harmony.
Munchkins/Poppies: Will be cast from students currently enrolled in our APA youth program.
Toto: We will hold dog auditions at a later date.
Director/Choreographer: Christopher Rodriguez
Music Director: Josh Pepper
Audition Character Breakdowns:
Dolly Levi: Matchmaker, widow, meddler, opportunist, life-loving, commanding, strong stage presence. Stage age: 35-50. Vocal range: alto-soprano. Dance ability: some.
Horace Vandergelder: Well-known half-a-millionaire, widower, owns the Feed Store, gruff, set in his ways, authoritative. Stage age: 40-60. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: some.
Cornelius Hackl: Head clerk at the Feed Store, energetic, enthusiastic, and adventurous. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: strong.
Barnaby Tucker: Assistant to Cornelius at the Feed Store, naïve, energized, follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: baritone. Dance ability: strong.
Irene Molloy: Owns the Hat Shop, widow, beautiful, smart, fun-loving. Stage age: 30-35. Vocal range: soprano. Dance ability: strong.
Minnie Fay: Irene’s assistant, naïve, straight-laced, fresh, follower. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: mezzo-soprano. Dance ability: strong.
Ambrose Kemper: Struggling artist, good-natured, accommodating, wants to marry Ermengarde. Stage age: 19-23. Vocal range: tenor. Dance ability: strong.
Ermengarde: Horace’s niece, whining, high-strung, wants to marry Ambrose. Stage age: 17-20. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: strong. Ernestina: Accommodating, good-time girl. Stage age: 30-45. Vocal range: any. Dance ability: none.
Rudy: Maitre’d of the Harmonia Gardens, proper, commanding. Stage age: 40-60. Vocal range: bass. Dance ability: some.
Mrs. Rose: Street vendor (will be cast from the chorus). Stage age: 35-50. Dance ability: none. Miscellaneous character parts: will be cast from the chorus.
Waiters: Stage age: 18-58. Vocal range: even split of tenors/basses. Dance ability: strong.
Female Chorus Members: Stage age: 18-48. Vocal range: even split of sopranos and altos. Dance ability: strong.
Children: Will be cast from students currently enrolled in our APA youth program.