The Waupaca Community Theater will present L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wizard of Oz” as its 2012 summer musical production.
Auditions are slated for Saturday, April 28, at Waupaca High School.
Children in first through eighth grades should plan to attend group auditions from 9 a.m. to noon.
A short dance will be taught and children should be prepared to sing the first eight measures of “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.”
High school and adult auditions will be from 1-6 p.m. Those auditioning should come prepared with a short song or a dramatic reading if they are auditioning for a non-singing role.
Adults should also be prepared to learn a brief, simple choreographed dance and wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for movement. Callbacks for principal roles only will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca.
Principal female roles include Dorothy, Glinda, the Wicked Witch and Aunt Em. Principal male roles include Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Wizard, Emerald City Guard, Professor Marvel and Uncle Henry.
There is a need for a large chorus of adults and children to sing and dance as Munchkins, Emerald City Citizens, the Witch’s Winkie Guards, Tinman’s Apple Trees, Scarecrow’s Crooning Crows, Flying Monkeys and Forest Jitterbug dancers.
This particular production, due to the large number of children needed, will incorporate the Waupaca Children’s Theater for the summer of 2012.
Holly (Jackson) Saunders, in addition to directing “Annie” for the Waupaca Community Theater, has also been seen on stage in the local productions of “Into The Woods” and “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She is currently on the music theater faculty at Viterbo University in La Crosse.
The show will have six performances at the Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center on July 27-29 and Aug. 2-4.
The Waupaca Community Theater is part of the Waupaca Fine Arts Festival. For more information and updates, visit www.fineartsfestival.org.