‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions to be held Dec. 28-29


Aloha Performing Arts Co. is dusting off the Yellow Brick Road in preparation for its upcoming revival of “The Wizard of Oz.” The company will hold auditions for the ever popular musical on Friday, Dec. 28, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2:30 p.m. A third invitational call-back audition will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, if needed.

All audition sessions will be held at the APAC Loft, which is across the street and a block south of Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, on the second floor of the building containing King’s Daughters Thrift Shop. Access is via Basque’s Way, the small lane just south of the building, beside Kiernan’s Music Store. Entry to the Loft is above and behind, and parking is scarce, so parking on the street or in the public lot north of the building is recommended.

APAC is seeking approximately 35 volunteer actor/singer/dancers for the production, which will be performed at the Aloha Theatre Feb. 15 through March 10. No stage experience is required, and newcomers are encouraged to audition.

All roles are available, and include Dorothy, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, and a large chorus which will portray Munchkins, Poppies, Crows, Citizens of Oz, Winkies, Flying Monkeys, and various other supporting roles, including a few which are non-singing. Many crew positions are also available.

Prospective crew members are welcome to attend auditions and fill out a form to show interest. Cast and crew members must commit to the entire rehearsal and performance schedule.

“The Wizard of Oz” is a family friendly show, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation, which is a salute to the 1939 Hollywood film, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

APAC’s production will be directed by Jerry Tracy, with music direction by Joel Gimpel, vocal direction by Marinella Savarese, and choreography by Lee Vinson. Those auditioning need attend only one of the audition sessions. They should dress comfortably, wear closed shoes, and be prepared to learn a short dance combination and sing part of a prepared song.

An accompanist will be provided. If the song is from the show, sheet music will be available; other songs are welcome, but sheet music in the appropriate key must be provided for the pianist. For the acting portion of the audition, each prospective cast member will be asked to deliver a one-to-two-minute prepared reading.

Memorization is appreciated, but not required, and the piece can be from any source: a poem, some Bible verses, a short newspaper or magazine article, or a selection from a favorite book or play. Those under age 18 will need to have a parent or guardian’s signature. Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the announced audition times. Registration and audition forms are available online at AlohaTheatre.com For more information, call 322-9924.

 

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