Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, often dreams of what may lie over the rainbow. One day a tornado hits her home town and carries her away to Munchkinland - at the end of the rainbow.
The Munchkins fete Dorothy as a heroine. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas and seeks the help of the kind Sorceress of the North. Only the great Wizard of Oz, says the Sorceress, can help Dorothy get back to Kansas.
Dorothy persuades three friends to accompany her on the trip to the Emerald City to see the Wizard. They are Scarecrow, who lacks a brain, he thinks; the Tin Woodman, who has no heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who would like to have some courage.
The Wicked Witch of the West vows vengeance on Dorothy and does all she can to stop the friends getting to the Emerald City. But they do reach it, and manage to see the Wizard. He will only help them, he says, if they kill the Wicked Witch of the West, an apparently impossible task. They do succeed, they get all their wishes and the Wizard accompanies Dorothy to Kansas.
We are looking for men, women and children who love to sing and dance and generally have fun while presenting a high quality performance for which KCP has a long-standing reputation. In total, we need about 15 each men, women and children of varying ages, voice ranges and appearances. Cast members will be expected to sing well, to act and to take part in the choreography. Those auditioning for the role of Dorothy should be approximately 13 to 16 years old, while children hoping to be in the chorus should be 9-15 years old. There are lead roles for adult males (Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Professor, Wizard) and females (Aunt Em, a bad witch and a good one). Other adults, along with those children who are not Dorothy, would form the chorus, with the odd one-liner or solo song line. At times, they would be Munchkins, townspeople, guards, poppies, flying monkeys and so on.
People auditioning for adult lead roles, and for Dorothy should prepare a theatre-style song which shows your voice range and ability. You may also be asked to do a cold read along with another candidate. There will be a group choreography element to the audition.
People (adults and children) auditioning for chorus roles will be seen in groups. We will teach you a song and a simple movement sequence. There is no need to prepare anything.
AUDITION TIMES............For adult leads and Dorothy...Friday night, September 30
For chorus children (not Dorothys) ...Saturday morning, October 1st
For Adult chorus… Saturday afternoon, October 1st
Performances.....Wed, Feb 8 and Wed Feb 15...daytime shows for schools (double casting may be needed)
February 9,10,11 at 7:00 p.m. February 11,12 at 2:00 p.m. February 16, 17,18 at 7:00 p.m., February 18,19 at 2:00 p.m.
Rehearsals.........Read through...Wednesday night...October 12...7-10
.........beginning October 16, until November 13...two per week...Wednesday 7-10 and Sunday 6-9 .........beginning November 14...three per week...Monday and Wednesday 7-10 and Sunday 1-5 .........last session before Christmas....Wednesday, December 21
.........first session in New Year...Sunday, January 8
Move to theatre.....Friday, February 3 (no cast except helpers)
Set-up/Tech day...Saturday, February 4 (no cast)
Tech day..............Sunday, February 5 (cast required noon to 9:00 p.m.)
Dress Rehearsals ...Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7...start at 6:30 p.m. School shows........Wednesday mornings February 8 and 15 ...start at 10:00 a.m. Opening Night......Thursday, February 9...7:00 p.m.