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The Wizard of Oz -
Autumn Musical

Dorothy

 

Female, 15-18 years old

 

Young and sprightly girl, Dorothy lives with her aunt and uncle on the bleak Kansas prairie. She is energetic and  delights in her dog Toto. After a whirling cyclone lands her house in Oz, she embarks on a journey to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz how to return to Kansas. Along the way, she encounters a Scarecrow, a Tin-Man, and a Cowardly Lion, among others. Dorothy must be very likeable, a strong willed young lady who is also very caring.

 

American

 

Yes

 

G3 to E5, Mezz-Sop, very strong singer

 

Over the rainbow

 

 

 

Scarecrow/Hunk

 

Preferable Male, but could also be female, 30+ years old

 

Rescued by Dorothy from their dull life in a farmer's field, the Scarecrow's greatest wish is to procure brains  from the Wizard of Oz. Despite their perceived lack of brains, however, the Scarecrow is exceedingly intelligent and resourceful. This is important and must come across in characterization. They are also very lovable and friendly and funny. They are energetic and must be very flexible, body language and movement must depict a person without bones. They also play Hunk in the first scene and for this we must see some hints of the character they are going to become in Oz. If female will change name of character in Kanzas

 

American

 

Needs to be good mover and light on feet, bouncey, elastic, jelly legs etc

 

Strong Baritone C3 to G4

 

If I only had a brain

 

 

 

Tin Man/Hickory

 

Male, 30+ years old

 

Rescued by Dorothy after rusting in the forest, the Tin Woodman desires a heart from the Wizard of Oz. He used to be a real man but due to the Wicked Witch of the East's evil spell he became a man of tin without a heart. Despite his belief that he lacks emotion, he proves himself a most tender and emotional companion again this is important as the moral tells us at the end the three friends had what they seeked all along. So the Tinman must be very loveable and caring. He is made of Tin so his movement is very rigid and requires an actor to embrace this body language and movement. He also plays Hickory in the first scene and we should see signs of the Tinman’s caring ways in Hickory too.

 

American

 

Light Choreography, will be restricted due to costume

 

Strong Baritone C3 to F4

 

If I only had a heart

 

 

 

Lion/Zeke

 

Male, 30+ years old

 

The Lion encounters Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man in the forest. He claims to be a coward and wishes for the Wizard of Oz to give him courage. However, he proves himself courageous in many situations throughout the journey. The Cowardly Lion is the main comedy character in the show and as such must be a strong comedy performer with exceptional comedy timing, he must be very loveable. Characterisation and body language is very important to portray this larger than life character, an actor must be agile and able to move animal like. He also plays Zeke and in this portrays the character of the Lion.

 

American

 

Light Choreography, but must be able to characterise a lion….watch the film

 

Strong Baritone C3 to F4

 

If I only had the nerve

 

 

 

Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard

 

Male, 40+ years (but ideally 50+)

 

Dorothy’s Uncle. He is an honest hardworking man who owns a small farm. He is kind and also cares a great deal about Dorothy. Very likeable old man. He is soft and caring and knows the ways of the world.

As guard, quirky comic type character who is the first person to meet Dorothy and her companions whenthey reach the Emerald City. Good cameo role, strong comedy acting required.

 

American as Uncle Henry, but must be able to recharacterise as the city guard to be distinctly different.

 

No

 

Baritone B3 - E4

 

Merry Old Land of Oz

 

 

 

Aunt Em/Glinda (Good Witch)

 

Female, 40+ years old (but ideally 50+)

 

Glinda is the only "good witch" in Oz of any consequence. She knows the power of the Ruby Slippers but withholds this knowledge from Dorothy, in order to facilitate her psychological and emotional maturity. Glinda is a very pretty and over smiley fairy / good witch. She is exceptionally friendly and a mother or queen figure to the Munchkins. She speaks well and portrays a stance and presence of royalty. She also plays Aunt Em and it is important to see a link between the two roles.

 

American (as Aunt Em), Can be English (or well spoken American) as Glinda

 

No

 

D4 to G5

 

Munchkinland

 

 

 

Miss Glutch/Wicked Witch of west

 

Female 25 years +

 

The Witch's role is made much more prominent than in the original novel as she seeks revenge against Dorothy for killing her sister. This is an amazing and challenging part for a female actress. One of the greatest if not the greatest baddie of all time. A serious villain. She has no nice qualities and is evil through and through. She must be strong, with a good speaking voice. Characterization and body language huge here. She also plays Miss Gulch and it is important that we see a link between the two roles.

 

No preference

 

No dancing

 

No singing

 

 

 

Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz

 

Male 40+

 

The fortune teller who Dorothy meets when she runs away, he encourages her to return home. He is also the Wizard who helps her to return to Kansas from Oz. Strong cameo acting role. An older man would be preferred here. He is very likeable but a bit of a rogue as well, a strong commanding presence is needed in both parts.

 

Probably plumby English, but will follow how the actor wants to characterise the flamboyancy of the

Professor/Wizard

 

No dancing

 

No singing

 

 

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Principal Parts

Child Parts

There are various parts throughout the show including Munchkins! All the children will be likely to join the Munchkin village and there are a number of speaking and singing Munchkin parts for older children. They will also form part of the other chorus parts.

 

We are looking for:

 

Girls and Boys from 6 - 18 (not being too tall is an advantage!) 

 

Ability to do quirky, energetic, silly voices with basic singing ability and undertake light choreography.

Adult Chorus Parts

There are many smaller parts throughout the show for adult chorus including Adult Munchkins, Crows, Trees, Emerald City Residents, Winkies, Guards, etc...! Most of these parts will require a basic singing ability and the ability to undertake light choreography. However we do have some parts that do not sing or dance, so everyone is welcome to join in, in some way!

 

We are looking for:

 

Men and women of all ages!

Dancing Parts

We also have a number of parts that require stronger dancers, you will also join in with the general chorus outside of the choreographed dance numbers.

 

We are looking for:

 

Men, women and children of all ages, with a good dancing ability.

If you are interested in getting involved and trying out for any of these parts, you can register your interest here: