RLT is committed to building a theatre community that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
Actors from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to audition. Any performer may be considered for any role in which specific casting demands are not indicated by the playwright.
THE RLT PROCESS
Casting Committees: Each of our productions has its own team. Each team has its own casting committee, a group of people donating their time and talent to get the best cast possible for each show. According to the RLT by-laws, the Director and Producer for each show must sit on the casting committee. Beyond that, no single person can sit on two casting committees in the same season, so each time you audition you are seeing new people!
Family Members at Auditions: Since we are a family theatre, we often have family members auditioning and we love that. When someone on the casting committee has a family member auditioning, the casting committee member leaves the casting table to allow the rest of the casting committee to determine if the family member is a good fit for a role in the production.
Open Auditions versus Closed Auditions: Different directors make different choices for their audition processes. All RLT auditions are "open call," that means anyone can come and audition. You can register ahead or simply walk in the day of, and you are welcome! We love having new people and new talent walk across the stage! All of our auditions are "open" in that way. Sometimes a director wants to see one person at a time, without an audience. If that is the case, they will have "closed" auditions where the theatre is kept quiet and one person is allowed to enter at a time. Other times directors will choose to have "open" auditions where everyone can watch each other audition and family members are allowed to stay as well. Try to trust the director and be willing to give your best audition regardless of their style.
The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by
Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
THE WIZARD OF OZ is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals
on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com
Auditions: February 12-15, 2022 by appointment
Callbacks: February 16, 2022
Rehearsal Period: February 19, 2022 - May 5, 2022
Performance Dates: May 6-15, 2022
School Show Matinees: May 11, 2022
Location: The DeSoto Theater, 530 Broad St. Rome, GA
Directed by Mandy Maloney
Produced by Daphne Arthur
Musical Direction by James Willis
Choreography by Hannah Camacho
Auditions are open to actors age 6 and older.
Actors from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Thank you for your interest in The Wizard of Oz. We are excited to bring this beloved musical to the stage at RLT. A few notes about the audition process:
This is a multigenerational cast. Many of the roles and characters can be cast in various ways, meaning that ages and genders could be cast differently from the descriptions based on who we see in auditions. Please be clear on your audition form which character you would like to be considered for. If you have more than one character you would like to be considered for, please list them in order of preference. Please do not put down that you are happy to be considered for “any” if you really aren’t. Please choose to sing the song of the character you most want to be considered for knowing that you can and will be considered for others with the same piece. Much of the casting will be based on how the actors fit together as a group, therefore, you may be cast in a role for which you did not audition.
If you wish to be considered for the Witch or Wizard only, you do not have to sing. However, if you wish to be considered for anyone else, you will need to sing. So, if your first preference is the Witch or Wizard, but you are open to being a part of the cast if not selected for those roles, please choose a song from the list that is your second choice and sing that. You will be able to sing and then read the selected monologue for the Witch or Wizard.
For everyone’s health and safety, we are going to do our best to limit the amount of people auditioning at any one time by asking auditioners to sign up for a time slot. Please pay attention to each slot as certain actors will audition at certain times. We have made every attempt to offer enough times to suit various schedules with our audition time slots. Once you sign up, please make sure you come at the time you have selected.
Please note that there are limited Junior ensemble roles. Please also note that the ages listed are for simplicity in grouping and may not reflect final casting. A very tall 15 year old may very well end up with the adult ensemble just as a petite 16 year old may play with the junior ensemble. Height is a factor to be considered for various roles just as characterization and performance are, and the casting committee will take all aspects into account. Please audition with the song and time frame assigned for your age group, knowing that the casting committee will be able to see where each actor is best suited.
If you are auditioning as a featured dancer, you need only to come to the dance audition. You will be taught a short piece of choreography that you will perform. You will then sing your chosen song. There will be light choreography for most of the cast, but dance will only be a part of the featured dancer’s auditions.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Dorothy Gale: A young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas and delights in her dog Toto. After a cyclone whisks her away to the land of Oz, she must find her way home with the help of the friends she meets there. Dorothy must be strong willed, but likable and caring.
Vocal Range: Mezzo/Mix, Low-G to E. Confident singer with full sound.
Playing age is 13-18, audition age is 12-25
Audition Song: “Over the Rainbow”
Hunk/The Scarecrow: The Scarecrow joins Dorothy on her journey to see the Wizard. Despite his perceived lack of brains, Scarecrow is very intelligent and resourceful. He is also loveable, friendly and funny. His characterizations must depict a man without bones; therefore, he should be comfortable with energetic and flexible movement and be agile and light on his feet.
Vocal Range: Baritone up to F#
Audition age: 18+
Audition Song: “If I Only Had a Brain”
Hickory/Tin Man: The Tin Man joins Dorothy and Scarecrow on their journey to see the Wizard in the hope of gaining a heart. Despite his belief that he lacks the ability to love, he proves to be tender, emotional and caring. As he is made of Tin, his body language must be rigid and stiff.
Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor to G
Audition age: 18+
Audition Song: “If I Only Had a Heart”
Zeke/Cowardly Lion: The Lion joins the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Dorothy on their journey to see the Wizard in the hope of gaining some courage. Despite his belief that he lacks courage, the Lion proves to be brave throughout the group’s adventures. He is larger than life, very loveable and comedic. Agile and animal-like body language.
Vocal Range: Baritone to F.
Audition age: 25+
Audition Song: “If I Were King of the Forest”
Glinda the Good Witch/Auntie Em: The essence of loveliness and grace, Glinda is a mother figure to the Munchkins and Dorothy. She is well spoken, friendly and warm. As this actor will portray both Glinda and Auntie Em, it will be important to see the link between the two roles.
Vocal Range: Mezzo/Soprano (G to middle C)
Audition age: 35+
Audition Song: “Munchkin Musical Sequence/Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead”
Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch: A serious villain with a killer cackle. Characterization and body language will be key. Strong speaker with commanding presence. Non-singing role.
Audition age: 25+
Audition piece: Witch monologue
Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz: A very likable older man who is a bit of a rogue. Commanding presence. Non-singing role.
Audition age: 35+
Audition piece: Wizard monologue
Uncle Henry/Oz Guard: Honest, no-nonsense man who is very caring. Likable and comedic with a big presence. As the Oz Guard he is the first person to greet the travelers when they reach Oz and welcome them with a song.
Vocal Range: Baritone
Audition age: 35+
Audition Song: “Merry Old Land of Oz”
Junior Ensemble: Young actors can be considered for a variety of roles including Munchkins, Flying Monkeys, Poppies, Snowflakes, etc. Featured Munchkins with speaking/solos include Mayor, Coroner, Barrister, Ballerinas, Lollipop Guild, etc. Age and height will come into play and the casting committee will use their discretion as to how to cast actors for the best overall fit for the show. Especially seeking actors with good listening skills and patience and happy hearts. Some light movement by all.
Audition age: 6-15
Special skills: please note if your actor has gymnastic abilities or previous ballet experience in order to be considered for a flying monkey or ballerina. These skills are not required for casting.
Audition song: “Yellow Brick Road”
Adult Ensemble: Actors can be considered for a variety of roles including Citizens of Oz, apple trees, crows, Winkies, Jitterbugs and Ghosts. Ability to harmonize in a small group is a plus. Age and height will come into play and the casting committee will use their discretion as to how to cast actors for the best overall fit for the show. Light choreography by all.
Audition age: 16+
Audition song: Any song listed above- actor’s choice
Featured dancers: Actors that would like to be a featured dancer should attend a dance audition. Dancers can be cast as ensemble and can be considered for a variety of roles including Apple Trees, Crows, Jitterbugs, ghosts, snowflakes, the Tornado, citizens of Oz, Munchkins, etc. at the casting committee’s discretion. All dancers should sing as well as dance for their audition, however, priority will be given to dance ability if choosing to be considered as a featured dancer.
Audition age: 13+
Audition Song: Any song listed above- actor’s choice