Wizard of Oz Auditions
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is now casting for its 2020 – 2021 season, starting with a production of Wizard of Oz. CTC is currently seeking student actors, ages 10 – 18 to audition for this production. More details are below.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Walz and the state of Minnesota have made it mandatory to shut down businesses, restaurants, and other institutions for the safety and health of the public. With this in mind, CTC will not be doing any in-person auditions for this production and will be taking video submissions ONLY.
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.
CTC is seeking to cast student actors in the following roles:
• Flying Monkeys
• Citizens of Emerald City
• Wicked Witch’s Guards
Wizard of Oz Run Dates
• First Rehearsal: September 29, 2020
• First Preview: November 3, 2020
• OPENING: November 6, 2020
• CLOSING: January 3, 2021
• Auditions: Video submissions will be accepted through Monday, May 4th at 5:00pm (newly extended).
• Callbacks: TBD
WHAT TO PREPARE
As a reminder, we are ONLY taking video submissions for this audition during this time. This will mean that all of your audition information will be submitted online. We will be taking ALL auditions via our Airtable form.
To sign-up to audition for Wizard of Oz with CTC, please click on our Airtable link here and fill out an audition form:
In the Airtable sign-up, you will need to upload the following materials in order to confirm your audition:
1. Auditions Form | Download Here
1. Conflicts Form | Download Here
3. Headshot and resume (PDF preferred)
4. Basic contact information (via Airtable form)
The Airtable sign-up will have specific questions that are set-up to show you where to place certain information and how to upload these documents.
In the initial audition video, you will need to prepare, practice, and submit all of the following:
In the link below, you will find the song, “Merry Old Land of Oz.” You will also find a score, recording of the song to practice, and an mp3 track for piano accompaniment.
* PLEASE use the piano accompaniment for your official audition video, specific to the song.
Below is a YouTube link to some choreography lead by Linda Talcott Lee.
PLEASE take a moment, review the choreography, and perform this for your audition video. Make sure there is room in your audition space to move around for this choreography. The song that backtracks this dance is the same recording for Merry Old Land of Oz.
How Would You Record This Audition?
To make sure each student actor puts their best work into this audition, we want to minimize the confusion of any steps needed to submit your audition. When you prepare your audition video, we would like to provide the following in this order:
1. Slate (Tell us your name, age, and grade level you will be in when Wizard of Oz is running.)
2. Song (Sing the song straight through with the piano accompaniment.)
3. Dance (Please perform the choreography using the “Merry Old Land of Oz” recording.)
When you have done all of these items, please bring all of these pieces into one video link. You can use YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, or a upload medium of your choice. PLEASE NOTE. If you use Google Drive, please make sure the link has permissions to be opened to view before submitting your application.
IMPORTANT NOTE. If you are having difficulty accessing or using technology as you are preparing this audition, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to meet your needs, so you are able to submit an audition video for this production.
The deadline to sign-up and submit your application is due on May 4th, at 5:00pm (newly extended). After this point, we will no longer accept any more video submission for this audition. But do not get discouraged! If the deadline has passed, we will have more auditions in the near future for student actors. Please check our website as well as more places in which future auditions will be posted.
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CTC GENERAL CASTING STATEMENT
Children’s Theatre Company is actively recruiting and seeking performers from under-represented communities including, but not limited to, people of color, performers with disabilities, and LGBTQ performers for all casting, recognizing the value and importance of reflecting the diversity of our audience on stage.
All Adult and Youth auditions for Childrens Theatre Company shows are listed here and on MinnesotaPlaylist.com. CTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We advocate for diversity throughout the organization and strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups.
Auditions for adult Equity and non-Equity actors are held periodically throughout the year. Preparation is needed and based on the specific needs of each production. Adult actor positions are paid.
Auditions for youths (student actors) between the ages of 8 and 18 are held at various times during the year depending on the needs of each production. Typically, we hold auditions anywhere from 6-9 months in advance of the production’s first rehearsal. Our auditions for student actors are usually group-style format. Each audition notice will detail the specifics of who we are looking for, what the actor will do (e.g. sing, dance, monologues, etc.) and how to schedule an audition. All auditions are by appointment only. The student actor positions are unpaid.
Some Theatre Arts Training classes and camps require an audition before enrolling.