The Academy of The Company Theatre (A.C.T.) announces auditions for youth actors ages 8 to 18 for their upcoming production of The Wiz, on Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23rd from 3:45 to 6:00 pm at The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. The Wiz’s music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, with a book by William F. Brown. The production is directed by Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman with music direction by Melissa Carubia and choreography by Sally Ashton Forrest.
A soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum’s beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz combines fairy-tale glamour with street smarts to make this classic fantasy story sparkle for today. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, The Wiz ingeniously mixes rock, gospel, soul, and jazz, and features hits like “Ease on Down the Road,” “A Brand New Day,” and “Home.” With an urban sensibility and a diverse cast, you are sure to fall in love with The Wizard of Oz in a whole new way!
Actors should plan to attend both days of auditions, which includes learning a song, movement, and character work. Students of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Not all audition candidates will be cast. Students interested in both our productions of Puffs and The Wiz are encouraged to do so, as the teams will work around the dual schedule if needed.
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.
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.
UNCLE HENRY: Male, (Range: Non-Singing)
Dorothy’s Uncle. Physically run down from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason towards Aunt Em.
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.
YELLOW BRICK ROAD (Four Actors): Male or Female, (Range: Flexible, F4-Db5/F3-Db4)
Four dancing actors combine to create the Yellow Brick Road. Metaphorically represents the road Dorothy travels down, encouraging her along the way.
SCARECROW: Male, (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.
TIN MAN: Male, (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: Male, (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 counseling from an owl. Joins in the journey to see the wiz to gain some courage.
GATEKEEPER: Male, (Range: Non-Singing)
Guards the gate to the Emerald City.
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.
EVILLENE: Female, (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.
LORD HIGH UNDERLING: Male, (Range: Non-Singing)
Weak coward. Evillene’s number one.
WINGED MONKEY: Male, (Range: Non-Singing)
Servant of the Wicked Witch of the West. Summoned to do her bidding. The mere mention of him brings fear.
GLINDA: Female, (Range: Alto, C4-Eb5)
Good Witch of the South. Prettiest of all the witches. Very wise in the way of show-business.
ENSEMBLE: TOTO – a dog, PIT SINGERS, TORNADO, MUNCHKINS, CROWS, KALIDAHS, POPPIES, FIELD MICE, EMERALD CITY CITIZENS, SOLDIER MESSENGER
Classes rehearsing the production are held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays during the production season, beginning January 27th. A complete production week schedule will be available at auditions.
A non-refundable audition fee of $20 is payable upon arrival. Tuition for the classes and production is $450 per student. Some financial assistance is available. Tuition is due following the casting announcement. A headshot is helpful but not required, and students should come dressed for movement. A completed emergency form must accompany audition candidates, available here or upon arrival.
The Wiz performs from April 17 through 26, from Friday through Sunday, matinee and evening shows are available. Tickets are $20 for children, $25 for adults, available at www.companytheatre.com.
The Academy of The Company Theatre’s mission is to build creativity and self-confidence in students through the performing and visual arts in a challenging, fun, and supportive environment.
For more information about auditions, please call or email the Director of Education Melissa Carubia at (339) 469-1776 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about A.C.T.’s after school classes and workshops, The Company Theatre, or to order tickets, visit www.companytheatre.com, or follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.