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Auditions for TCR The Wizard of Oz, August 20th and 21st

TCR Production

TCR announces auditions for TCR’s 2023 holiday production of The Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, with additional background music by Herbert Stothart.

Auditions will be held at Theatre Cedar Rapids Sunday, August 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and Monday, August 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Callbacks and a dance call will be held Tuesday, August 22nd from 6:00-10:00

Rehearsals will begin in mid-to-late September. Rehearsals will typically be held five days a week, including potential weekend days. Not all cast will be called to all rehearsals. We will have a “days off” outlined schedule to cast members no less than two weeks prior to the first rehearsal.

ABOUT AUDITIONS

Contact Courtny Rocarek (courtny.rocarek@theatrecr.org) with questions about auditions. If you cannot attend auditions on these dates we will accept a video audition. Email for more information. 

    • Audition Dates/Time: Sunday, August 20th from 11:00-2:00, and Monday, August 21st from 6:00-9:00. Callbacks (acting/singing) and a group dance/movement call will be held Tuesday, August 22nd from 6:00-10:00.
    • Fill out an AUDITION FORM HERE (REQUIRED)
    • Sign up for an AUDITION SLOT HERE (REQUIRED) 
    • On audition day: Arrive at the TCR lobby at least 10 minutes before your scheduled audition time and you will be directed to the audition space. You can leave after you are finished with your audition slot.
  • WHAT TO PREPARE
    • CHOOSE 1-2 AUDITION SONGS FROM THE SHOW. You may choose up to two tracks. Prepare a verse and chorus from each. If you are only interested in a non-singing role please prepare a song anyway! We will have the following backing tracks ready to play for you: https://bit.ly/wizardtracks. We will not have an accompanist present so please do not bring sheet music. You are welcome to play your own tracks from your device.

      Suggested tracks include: 

      • Over the Rainbow 
      • Jitterbug (for Dorothy) 
      • If I Only Had a Brain 
      • If I Only Had a Heart 
      • King of the Forest 
      • Poppies 
      • Wicked Witch is Dead: 2:22-2:56 min of the Munchkin Musical Sequence 
      • Jitterbug (for ensemble): 2:50-3:41 min 
      • Merry Old Land of Oz:  1:53-2:40 min
    • FOR ALL, focus on acting/connecting/expression! Perform for us like you’re performing in your living room for your cat/dog/hamster/etc. Perfection not expected!
  • Casting timeline After callbacks have been completed, we will be in contact with all auditioners about a timeline for the final cast announcements.

ABOUT TCR’S PRODUCTION of THE WIZARD OF OZ

The Wizard of Oz will be directed by Angie Toomsen, Choreographed by Megan Robinson, and Music Directed by Janelle Lauer, with scenic and lighting design by S. Benjamin Farrar, and costumes by Jess Helberg.

It’s the magic and wonder you know, newly refreshed for you by the imaginative minds and creative production team at TCR. Expect an exciting, lush, invigorating aesthetic that feels both warmly familiar and wildly new!

The Wizard of Oz will be presented in the TCR Auditorium, November 17th – December 18th, 2023. Performances take place Thu – Sat at 7:30 p.m., and Sun at 2:30 p.m. with potential added dates between Nov 17th and Dec 17th. 

THE WIZARD OF OZ ROLES AVAILABLE

The creative team seeks a diverse company of  actors, age 16+. Actors of all ethnicities will be equally considered for all roles and actors of color are encouraged to audition. All roles are open and 

THE OZ ENSEMBLE: 12-15 versatile dancers/singers/character actors who will step into iconic featured parts and fun, fantastical roles including: 

  • Citizens of Munchkinland (Barrister, Braggart, Fathers, Teachers, and…)
  • Mayor – (Range: Bb2-Eb3 or Bb3-Eb4)
  • Coroner – (Range: Bb2-A3 or Bb3-A4)
  • Fiddler – (Range: C3-C4 or C4-C5)
  • 3 Tots – (Range: Bb2-D4 or Bb3-D5)
  • 3 Tough Guys – (Range: Bb2-D4 or Bb3-D5)
  • Three Crows – trio (Range: B2-E4/B4)
  • Three Trees – trio (Range: B3-C5/E5)
  • Poppies – dancers
  • Snowmen – dancers
  • Ozians (Beauticians, Polishers, Manicurist, others)
  • Beauticians – female chorus
  • Polishers – male chorus
  • Manicurists – female chorus
  • Winkies
  • Winkie General – Leader of the Winkies (Range: B2-G3)
  • Flying Monkeys – dancers
  • Nikko – Commander of the Monkeys
  • Jitterbug – Lead Dancer
  • Jitterbugs & Ghosts – chorus/dancers

DOROTHY GALE – (Range: G3-C5 (opt. E5)

AUNT EM – Emily Gale / GLINDA – The Good Witch of the North (Range: G3-C5)

UNCLE HENRY – Henry Gale / EMERALD CITY GUARD (Range: Bb2-Eb4)

ZEKE – Farmhand / COWARDLY LION (Range: Bb2-F4)

HICKORY – Farmhand / TINMAN (Range: Bb2-G4)

HUNK – Farmhand / SCARECROW (Range: Bb2-F#4 (opt. Ab4)

MISS ALMIRA GULCH / THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST – non-singing role (but please prepare a song anyway!)

PROFESSOR CHESTER MARVEL / THE WIZARD OF OZ – non-singing role, (but please prepare a song anyway!)