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Actors Guild of Parkersburg holding ‘Oz’ auditions

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will hold auditions for “The Wizard of Oz (Young Performers Edition)” 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Actors Guild theater on Market Street.

Auditions are open to students in the 4th through 10th grades. While the youth program typically caps involvement at 9th grade, it is being extended to 10th graders who missed the chance to work on a show in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The show will run Jan. 21 through Feb. 5.

Audition materials will be provided at the auditions.

Those auditioning are asked to enter at the rear stage door and go up the stairs to the rehearsal hall. Masks must be worn.

Lead and supporting roles include:

Dorothy Gale: Sweet, innocent young lady with a streak of boldness. Must be a strong vocalist and a good dancer.

Toto: Dorothy’s beloved dog and constant companion. Toto will be an actor (male or female) dressed as a dog. Requires extensive make-up, energy and exuberant body language. Limiting singing role (group parts), but must be able to emote with expression.

Aunt Em: typical hard-working farmer’s wife who is firm and no-nonsense, but also warm and caring. Sings reprise of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as a duet with Dorothy. Mainly an acting role requiring ability to show both strong and softer sides.

Uncle Henry: Dorothy’s adoring uncle and farm owner, but lets his wife Em stay in charge. Non-singing role has only a few lines and requires a good character actor.

Hunk (Scarecrow): Clumsy among the three farmhands on Dorothy’s farm. Both characters talk about being smart and having a brain.

The audience should see connections between characters through body language and speech. Requires extensive make-up, excellent body control, match pitch and good rhythm. The two roles may be split between two actors or cast as female.

Hickory (Tin Man): Kind, sweet and nurturing of the farmhands. Tin Man has no heart, but is caring. Requires extensive make-up, good physical control, match pitch and pleasant singing voice. The two roles may be split between two actors or cast as a female.

Zeke (Cowardly Lion): The third farmhand who lacks courage. Acts tough, but his true fearful self comes out in any scary situation. Requires extensive make-up, good comedic timing, strong character voice, physical control and matching pitch. The two roles may be split between two actors or cast as a female.

Miss Gulch (Wicked Witch of the West): Well-off, cold-hearted Gale neighbor, who hates Toto. The non-singing role requires extensive make-up, intense dramatic commitment, strong stage presence, vocal control and ability to succeed with classic witch’s cackle.

Professor Marvel (Wizard): A travelling salesman who lives by telling fortunes. A bit of a con man, but with a good heart. This non-singing role requires versatility to demonstrate a strong and commanding Oz, yet show the soft and caring side. Also requires memorization of large chunks of dialogue.

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: She is the mother figure for the Munchkins and Dorothy, whom she guides through Oz. Delicate and ditzy, the role requires a lovely singing voice and sweet speaking tone.

In addition, there are numerous singing and speaking roles in the show, as well as dance numbers. The staff will also be looking for youth interested in backstage and technical positions.

The show is sponsored by WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

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