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L. Frank Baum’s classic novel comes to life in The Wizard of Oz. Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a host of whimsical characters: good witches, bad witches, animals that talk, scarecrows that walk, and things magical to behold. To find her way home, she must journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the mysterious and all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends, but must also brave many dangers, including the Wicked Witch of the West, who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers. To make it home safely, Dorothy must learn an important lesson: there’s no place like home.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

  • Dorothy Gale – Strong willed, caring, brave teenager.  She is looking for a way to escape her problems.  A loving and trusting soul.    

    • Gender: Female, Age 12+

    • Voice Type:  Mezzo

  • Scarecrow/Hank – A farmhand in the first scene.  Looking for a brain but much smarter than he seems.  Funny, flexible, energetic, and a good dancer.

    • Gender: Either Age 12+

    • Voice Type: Tenor/Baritone 

  • Tin Man/Hickory – A farmhand in the first scene.  Looking for a heart but truly a caring, gentle soul.  Needs to dance but not as agile.

    • Gender: Either Age 12+

    • Voice Type: Tenor/Baritone

  • Cowardly Lion/Zeke – A farmhand in the first scene.  Needs to move well.  Strong comic role has self-esteem issues.  Needs to dance and move around the stage well.

    • Gender: Either Age 12+

    • Voice Type: Tenor/Baritone

  • Glinda/Auntie Em – Strong character.  Kind and caring in both roles.  As Aunt Em, no nonsense person who keeps things in order at the farm.  As Glinda, treated like royalty.  

    • Gender: Either Age 12+

    • Voice Type: Mezzo Soprano

  • Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch – Non singing role as Miss Gulch, an unfeeling, nasty woman.  We don’t like her!  As the Wicked Witch, a mean green nasty machine!  She does have some comedic moments though.  Strong stage presence—she needs to get used to green makeup.

    • ​Gender: Either Age 12+

  • The Wizard/Professor Marvel – Non singing role.  A lovable con man with a sense of humor.  Need a flair for the dramatic, especially as the wizard.  Crafty, resourceful, and quick witted who deep down is a good man.

    • Gender: Either Age 12+​

  • Oz Guard/Uncle Henry – Initially a tough guard, but later becomes welcoming to Dorothy.  As Uncle Henry, a proud farmer with a sense of humor. Limited singing role.

    • Gender: Either Age 12+​

  • Ensemble – We are planning to cast 30-35 people in this show.  There are multiple roles that the ensemble will fill. 

    • Ages 3-7 may include Munchkins, Crows, Poppies, and Flying Monkeys.  Specific “munchkins” will be cast in Munchkinland as the Mayor, Coroner, Barrister, Lollipop Guild, and the Lullaby League.

    • Ages 8-18 may include  Munchkins, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Ozians, Winkies, Flying Monkeys, and Jitterbugs.  Specific “munchkins” will be cast in Munchkinland as the Mayor, Coroner, Barrister, Lollipop Guild, and the Lullaby League.

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