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The Sycamore Ridge Drama Club

AUDITIONS

We are so happy you are considering auditioning for
The Wizard of Oz at Sycamore Ridge. Auditions are open to all 4th-6th graders. Everyone must learn one of the two music cuts and present it to the audition panel. Auditions are during lunch and after school from 2:30-4:30 on Tuesday, September 5th. Just show up one of those times and perform your chosen audition cut. Everyone who auditions will be cast in the show.


CALLBACKS

A list of those needed to return for callbacks will be posted here sometime the evening of Tuesday, September 5th. Everyone called back should plan to stay the entire three hours.


FORMS

If you choose to audition, please fill out the audition form and student contract.
Parents or guardians need to sign the attached portion of the contract in order for their student to participate. See below.


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Audition Tracks: Choose ONE to perform



Your audition selection should be performance-ready. It is best to practice and memorize your selection. We will have the music tracks ready for you in the audition room. You just need to show up with your signed parent/student contract and audition form and sing the music cut.

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The Wizard of Oz Synopsis and Character Breakdown



Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life. The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.

In Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Apparently, Dorothy’s house has landed upon – and fatally stricken – the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine. The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz.

Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends, each of whom lacks a crucial characteristic: The Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion. Together the four new companions make their way towards Oz. The Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys swoop down, capturing Dorothy and Toto. After some quick planning and clever disguises, the four friends, triumphant, kill the Witch and take the Witch’s broom back to the Wizard.

The Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off, and Dorothy is left alone and crestfallen. Glinda appears and explains that Dorothy has always had the power to return home.
Back in Kansas Dorothy shares the tale of her miraculous journey, celebrating the joy and healing power of
home.


Dorothy Gale
Sweet and innocent but bold and confident. Must be able to memorize large amounts of dialogue and blocking very quickly with little rehearsal. Strong singer and dancer.

Aunt Em
Hard working farmer’s wife. Firm and no-nonsense but also warm and caring. Acting role with limited singing.

Uncle Henry
Owner of farm and Aunt Em’s husband. He loves Dorothy but it is clear his wife is in charge of Dorothy’s upbringing. Acting role.

Hunk/Scarecrow
One of the three farm hands. Both characters talk about being smart and having a brain. Strong singer and dancer. Please note: this role may be played by one or two actors depending on the director’s decision at the time of auditions.

Zeke/Lion
One of the three farm hands. Both characters want to be tough but his true fearful self comes out in scary situations. Strong singer and actor with good comedic timing. Please note: this role may be played by one or two actors depending on the director’s decision at the time of auditions.

Hickory/Tin Man
One of the three farm hands. Both characters are kind, sweet and nurturing. Strong singer and actor. Please note: this role may be played by one or two actors depending on the director’s decision at the time of auditions.

Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West
Cold hearted and cruel character must come through in this role as well as the ability to cackle with ease as the Witch does in the film. Very strong actor with big stage presence. Please note: this role may be played by one or two actors depending on the director’s decision at the time of auditions.

Toto
Loving and energetic. Must be able to bark with expression. Acting role.

Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz
Both characters are con men. Must be able to communicate both the salesman aspect and the strong and commanding Wizard voice. Strong actor who can memorize large amounts of dialogue quickly. Acting role. Please note: this role may be played by one or two actors depending on the director’s decision at the time of auditions.

Glinda
Good Witch of the North who guides Dorothy through her journey in Oz. Glinda’s graceful manner and kind spirit make her a mother figure for Dorothy and the Munchkins. Very strong singer and actor.

Munchkins
Various roles available including Mayor, Barrister, Coroner, Lollipop Guild, etc. Please note: these roles will be cast during production. We like to see how cast members perform and participate during rehearsals. Solo singing is required.

Jitterbugs
Featured dance ensemble who is sent by the Wicked Witch to thwart Dorothy’s attempts to make it to Emerald City. Please note: these roles will be cast during production. There will be a separate audition for this ensemble. Very strong dancers/movers who can also sing well.

Ozians

Various roles available.
Please note: these roles will be cast during production. We like to see how cast members perform and participate during rehearsals.

Doorman of Emerald City
Tough person who turns into a “softy” when confronted with Dorothy’s problem. This may be cast during production. Strong character actor.

Guard of Emerald City
Tough person who turns into a “softy” when confronted with Dorothy’s problem. This may be cast during production. Strong character actor.

Winged Monkeys Ensemble
Wicked Witch’s animal army. Must be evil and funny and move/dance well. Please note: these roles will be cast during production. There will be a separate audition for this ensemble. Strong movement/dance required.

Nikko the Leader of the Monkeys
Has a few lines and must be the leader of the monkeys in both spirit and ability. This role may be cast during production. Strong movement/dance required.

Winkie Guards of the Wicked Witch
Wicked Witch’s guards. Please note: these roles will be cast during production. There will be a separate audition for this ensemble. Strong singers who can march and move well as an ensemble.

Leader of the Winkies
Has a few lines and must be the leader in spirit and ability. This role may be cast during production. Strong singer who can march and move well.

Apple Trees (3)
Have a few lines each. These roles may be cast during production. Strong character actors who can project and be heard without amplification.

Optimistic Voices
Small ensemble of strong singers.
Please note: these roles will be cast during production. There will be a separate audition for this ensemble.


Our Sycamore Ridge Drama Club was highlighted in PTO Today Online Magazine! Click HERE to read the article and learn more about Drama Club. Many thanks to co-chairs Shelly Yeager, Pam Hunter and Jen Ernst for their hard work and dedication!