ACT Community

ACT Community is an annual theatre program which provides training and performance opportunities for multi-ethnic artists.  It operates to enhance the cultural and artistic awareness of the community by providing productions that illuminate diversity and a broad range of cultural experiences.  ACT Community strives to educate, enlighten, and entertain a diverse, multicultural audience by using local talent with the emphasis on providing exposure to under-served communities.  The 2019 ACT Community production will be The Wiz, featuring a mainly African-Canadian cast.  

THE WIZ AUDITION NOTICE

Seeking Actors, Dancers and singers from all cultural backgrounds to audition to be part of THE WIZ family.  No prior theatre experience needed.

Audition Dates:

Sunday, October 21 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Monday, October 22 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Rehearsals Start: November 18, 2018

Rehearsal days:  Sundays 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Mondays 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Wednesdays 6:30pm – 10:30pm (with additional days added in February and March before the start of the show)

Show Dates:

March 22, 23, 29, & 30 at 8:00pm
March 24 & 31 at 2:00pm
The Capitol Theatre Windsor

Show Synopsis:
"The Wiz" is a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious funky soul score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, "The Wiz" brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway

production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, and ultimately won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.

Audition Preparation

  • Artist Resume
  • Headshot
  • Prepare 2 songs (Motown, R&B, Musical Theatre), up to 32 bars, do NOT choose a song from The Wiz. We will ask for you to sing acapella, there will be no accompanist unless you’d like to provide your own.
  • Dance auditions will occur at call-backs
  • ALL ETHNICITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION

This is a community production being produced by a not-for-profit organization.  It is non-equity, and non-paid.

Please email info@actwindsor.com to book your audition time.

Character Breakdown

DOROTHY:   Range - mezzo soprano, G3-B5

Female.  Between the ages of 16 – 30 (must have a youthful look).  Dorothy has to be the youngest soul in the play. Bright eyed and bushy tailed.  Girlie and Frilly but totally a powerhouse. Would rather remain a child as long as possible instead of accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.

AUNT EM:  Range - mezzo soprano, G3-C5

Female.  30+.  Loving, caring but a bit Harsh at the same time.  Life has not been easy for her and promises little else.  Someone whose worked with her hands for most of her life and has decided her little piece of Kansas is enough. 

GLINDA:  Range - Alto, C4-Eb5

Female.  Age Flexible.  Good Witch of the South. Prettiest of all the witches. Very wise in the way of show-business.

EVILLENE:  Range - alto, Bb3-Db5

Female.  Age Flexible.  Wicked Witch of the West.  The Epitome of Empowerment. A Vocal powerhouse. As well as Evil incarnate. Can’t stand people. Especially pretty girls.

THE WIZ:  Range - C3-A4

Male or female.  20+. All powerful leader over the land of Oz.  Hides true nature behind the facade of a temperamental leader.  Outrageous and natural born Comic. Also, a complete trickster...Charming and dangerous.  Great Voice. 

LORD HIGH UNDERLING:  Range - non-singing

Male or female.  Age Flexible.  Weak coward; Evillene's number one.

WINGED MONKEY: Range - non-singing

Male or female.  Age Flexible.  Servant of the Wicked Witch of the West, summoned to do her bidding; the mere mention of him/her brings fear.

UNCLE HENRY:  Range - non-singing

Male 30+.  Dorothy's Uncle. Dutiful and Honest. Physically run down from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason towards Aunt Em.

 ADDAPERLE:  Range - mezzo-soprano, F3-C5

Female, Age Flexible.  Good Witch of the North. Has magic powers she refers to as "doing tricks." Her magic abilities don't always pan out as well as she would like them to.

SCARECROW: Range - tenor, D3-A4

Male, Age Flexible.  Strong dancer and a singing powerhouse.

Tired of being a scarecrow and the prospect of not going anywhere. Embarks on the journey to see The Wiz in hopes he can provide a brain.

TINMAN: Range - baritone, E3-A4

Male, Age Flexible.  Initially Stiff and robotic. A stone-cold fantastic Singer. Tap dancers welcome. Human at one time. Lost all his limbs to a cursed axe. Joins in the journey in hopes the Wiz will provide him a heart because “it isn’t enough to be good looking.”

 LION:  Range - baritone, G2-Bb4

Male, Age Flexible.  A Beast of a Singer. Travels around the jungle scaring people, but has “a yellow streak a mile wide.” Coward state stems from deeper mother issues and gets regular counseling from an owl. Joins in the journey to see the wiz to gain some courage.

GATEKEEPER:  range - non-singing

Male or Female.  Age flexible.  Guards the gate to the Emerald City.

ENSEMBLE: (Munchkins, Crows, Kalidahs, Poppies, Field Mice, Soldier Messenger, Emerald City Citizens). Must all be able to SING Soulfully and move well.  Those with acrobatic/tumbling abilities are encouraged to audition.  Lots of stamina and sense of humor.  The ensemble are the lifeblood of the show and must be strong physical performers. 

PIT SINGERS:  Male and Females.  Strong singers.  Gospel choir.

THE WIZ
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
“The Wiz” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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