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Southern Announces Open Auditions for ‘Wizard of Oz’

Follow the Yellow Brick Road this summer to Oz!

Auditions will be held for Southern WV Community & Technical College’s summer production of “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursday, March 21st (5-8 pm) for children 8-12-years old. Auditions will also be held on Saturday, March 23rd (1–5 pm) for ages 13 and up. Auditions will be at Chapmanville Regional High School.

No experience is needed. You must be at least eight years old to audition for this show.

Be prepared to sing one minute of any song. Please bring an instrumental track to sing along with. Scripts will be provided at auditions to read from.

Those auditioning are encouraged to arrive at the start of the auditions to learn a short dance. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
You can go ahead and fill out your audition form online now at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfIMQbZy2Qdz-H-eAahplMfKrwhn-yLyese1ns4sFM7IweSQ/viewform?embedded=true”

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved book featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.

Classic hits “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” and the iconic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” have made this beloved score a family favorite since it debuted in 1939.

Performances of The Wizard of Oz will take place July 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st in the newly upgraded Savas Kostas Performing Arts Center.

“This is a true community show that will bring together all ages for a big stage production that will take audiences on a magical journey,” Director Bill France said. “This show has a special place in the hearts of young and old alike.”

If you have questions about the auditions, please text (304) 688-6842 or email available…

DOROTHY GALE: female, (Mezzo/Mix) Young Kansas girl, earnest, expressive, and strong-willed, in search of something more. Very strong singer who moves well.

HUNK / SCARECROW: male, (Baritone) Plucky and clever in a pinch, even while lacking a brain. Strong actor with an honest quality. Excellent dancer – acrobatic skills are a bonus. Strong baritone to F.

HICKORY / TIN MAN: male, (Baritone/Tenor) Desperate for a heart. A kind-hearted romantic. Singing and dancing are required. Strong baritone/tenor to G.

ZEKE / COWARDLY LION: male, (Baritone) A mix of bravado and cowardice. He should move well. A cuddly actor with excellent comic timing. Vocal range: Strong baritone to F.

ALMIRA GULTCH / WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST: female. Character villain with an over-the-top stage presence. An excellent character actress with a killer cackle. Non-singing.

PROFESSOR MARVEL / THE WIZARD: male. Older father figure with an eccentric flair. Basic conjuring or sleight of hand is a bonus. Non-Singing.

GLINDA: female, (Sorano) Glinda is the Good Witch of the North. Benevolent and beloved. Strong singer.

AUNT EM: older female. Aunt Em is demanding but loves her niece. Non-singing.

UNCLE HENRY: older male. Dorothy’s pleasant uncle. Non-singing.

EMERALD CITY GUARD: male, (Baritone) Strong comic actor, big presence.

MAYOR OF MUNCHKINLAND: Leader of the Munchkins. Featured performer in Munchkinland.

BARRISTER: Featured performer in Munchkinland.

CORONER: Featured performer in Munchkinland.

MUNCHKINS: boys and girls, (under 5ft tall). The little people of Munchkinland. Long oppressed, and happy to be freed, the Munchkins will (mostly) be played by children. Group singing and coordinated
movement are required. Dance experience is a plus. There are some featured roles among the munchkins, such as The Lollipop Guild, and The Lullaby League.

NIKKO: Head of the Flying Monkeys.

HEAD WINKIE GUARD: Leader of the Witch’s army.

TREES: Three featured performers. Each sings and acts during the Tinman scene.

CROWS: Three featured performers. Each sings and acts during the Scarecrow scene.

WINKIES: Members of the Witch’s army.

FLYING MONKEYS: Servants of the Wicked Witch.

OZIANS: Residents of the Land of Oz. They sing and dance in Merry Old Land of Oz.

JITTERBUGS: Dancers during the Haunted Forest Scene.

Southern students can also be on the production crew for community service hours. Contact Bill France at (304) 688-6842 for more information.