ABOP are pleased to announce auditions for the Summer Youth Theatre Project where young people from Wiltshire and Dorset will work alongside our professional Creative Team, re-telling the sorry of Oz in a cool and unique musical theatre adaptation.
Please contact the office to arrange a slot. Soloists may be asked to audition twice.
Don’t worry if your child has never auditioned before, we will make the whole experience fun, there is nothing to be afraid of.
There is no fee payable to audition for the project.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE WILL RECORD SOME SECTIONS OF THE AUDITION SESSION....THIS HELPS WHEN A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN ARE AUDITIONING! This recording will remain the property of ABOP and is merely used as a reminder for staff.
At the Recall
We may need to see your child for a second audition, especially if they are auditioning for a leading role.You will be advised if this is necessary. After the recall we will then offer those successful a place in the show.
At The Rehearsals
If your child is selected to join the cast, they will rehearse here at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury. The latter is a five minutes walk from the Arts Centre. The rehearsal schedule will be sent to you via email and your child will receive their script/song file before the first rehearsal. *We regret that once committed to the show we will be unable to allow any absence during this time. Timings may on occasions vary slightly according to the participant’s role in the production, but you will be advised if times need to change a little.*If your child returns to school on the final dates of the project please email the office. In these circumstances only we will try to adjust timings to accommodate the school day.
Rehearsals: Tuesday 22nd August to Sunday 3rd September 2017 inclusive.
Youth Theatre rehearsals are considered “closed” rehearsals. Family and friends are asked to wait outside of the rehearsal area for children. This keeps our noise level and distractions to a minimum. All children will need to be signed in and out of all rehearsals. Children will not be released to anyone other than parents unless otherwise notified in writing, and in advance.
To enable each and every cast member to perform on stage, all participants must attend the technical and dress rehearsals. Children not attending will be unable to perform. No refund will be offered.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE ENSEMBLE YOU DO NOT NEED TO AUDITION SIMPLY CONTACT THE OFFICE TO CHECK PLACES ARE AVAILABLE. PLACES CANNOT BE RESERVED AND ARE OFFERED AT A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. DUE TO OVER SUBSCRIPTION FEES ARE DUE ONCE A PLACE HAS BEEN OFFERED.
1. Please be prepared to sing a song you are familiar with. This may be from The Wizard of Oz, or from another musical theatre show, a pop song or a classical piece. No more than 2 minutes long. You must sing acapella: unaccompanied without a backing track.
You may use song sheets. You do not have to sing from memory.
2. You will be asked to read a short piece of script. You MUST choose one of the options below. please scroll to the bottom of the page This does not have to be the option related to the role you prefer. Simply choose a piece which you will enjoy presenting. You do not have to perform this from memory.
1. Please be prepared to perform a short sequence of your own choice. No more than two minutes long. If you regularly attend dance classes your audition would be best suited to a modern, commercial, jazz or contemporary sequence.
You will be asked to dance without accompaniment.
Tap Dancers (Grade 3 or above)
Please be prepared to perform a short sequence, no more than 2 minutes, without music.
Glinda Good Witch (of the North)
Wicked Witch (of the East) killed when the house lands
Wicked Witch (of the West) killed at the end of the show
Wizard of Oz
People of Oz
King of the Flying Monkeys
Hello! I just popped out of the story you are about to see. I better get back inside before the Dreammakers find out I'm gone. Who are the Dreammakers? They're the ones who make the story happen. They're invisible. Not even the witches can see them. I hope you don't mind a story that has witches in it. (Dreammakers start to move) Look out! The Dreammakers are beginning to stir, and once they start making a story, there's no telling where it will end up. We all know how it begins, though. Don't we? You know what a tornado is? -- a great whirling wind that destroys everything in it's path. (Wind starts to blow) Dorothy had just fetched Toto out from under the bed when the tornado struck. The house whirled around two or three times and rose in the air. (Wind gets louder and the noise is unbearable) It was then that Dorothy, Toto, bed and everything else in the house were sucked out into the roaring wind. Higher and higher they went until they were at the very top of the tornado. (Tornado passes and it gets quieter) Hour after hour passed away, and slowly Dorothy got over wondering if she would be dashed to pieces when the bed fell again, and resolved to wait calmly and see what the future would bring.
She has the shoes, the silver shoes. The crows have come and told me so. This Dorothy must be a witch then, a little witch. How cute. How droll. How dead! this little witch will be when I am through with her. Then the shoes will be mine.
Eppe, Peppe, Kakke, Kow! I must get to know her now Eppe, Peppe, Kakke, Kee! The little girl I want to see. Eppe, Peppe, Kakke, Kie! It's time to use my magic eye.
(The WITCH appears to drop her eye from her head to her hand. She pulls an eye patch down over the empty socket and holds the eyeball at arms' length.)
Eye of mine I understand, I can see me from my hand.
Eye of mine up in the air,I can see from everywhere.
Go find Dorothy, little sphere, Little moonlit eye, my dear. Witch's eye, a telescope, Robbing Dorothy of all hope. Witch's eye, all-seeing ball, Dorothy helpless, weak and small.
(She throws the eye into the sky, WITCH laughs and exits.)
Oh no, that is a great mistake. Some witches in Oz are good. And others are very wicked. Indeed, you have killed the one who dwelt in the East. Now there is but one wicked witch in all the Land of Oz -- the one who lives in the West. She is sister to the one you killed. She was so old, that she quickly dried up in the sun. That is the end of her. But the silver shoes are yours, most noble sorceress, and you shall have them to wear. Now, you must go to the City of Emeralds. Perhaps the great Wizard of Oz who lives there will help you. You must walk. You cannot lose your way for the road to Oz is paved with yellow brick, but the journey will be long and the way is sometimes dark and terrible, but I will give you my kiss, and no one will dare to injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North. Goodbye, my dear. I wish you well.
(Throughout the story, the TINMAN uses the axe to illustrate the story.). But the Wicked Witch of the East didn't want her to marry me because she wanted the girl to do all her cooking and house work. When I went into the woods and began chopping, the axe slipped and cut off my left leg. It was horrible! Because a one legged man is not a very good woodchopper. But I said to myself, "Oh well. It's not me, it's just my leg." And I hopped over to a tinsmith who made me a brand new leg out of tin. But this must have angered the wicked witch because when I went to cut wood again, the axe slipped and cut off my right leg. But again I thought, "Oh well, it's not me, it's just my leg." And I had the Tinner make me a new one. So with my new legs, I returned to the forest. But the enchanted axe cut off my right arm, and then my left one. Each time I thought, "Oh well, it's not me, it's just my arm." And got a brand new one made of tin. So with my shiny new arms and legs I continued to work hard so that I might earn a fine house for the Munchkin girl. But then the enchanted axe slipped again and cut off my head. "Oh dear," I thought, "This will be the end of me." But luckily the tinsmith came along and said, "Don't worry, it's not you, it's just your head." And made the one that you see here, with eyes that work and a mouth that speaks almost as well as the old one. Well, I thought. I have beaten the wicked Witch at last because now when my axe slips, it will just bounce off my arms and legs and head. But I never realized how cruel my enemy could be. She caused the axe to slip one last time, and it passed straight into my body, cutting my heart into two pieces. At first I thought, "Oh well, it's not me, it's just my heart." And I got my friend the tinsmith to make a new one out of tin. But I was wrong. (Starts to cry) Because, without a heart, I no longer feel any love for the Munchkin girl.
Oh my goodness, oh my dear!
What has happened? What is here?
Ring the bell and sound the gong!
Tell me what is going on.
(a little Munchkin tries to explain)
Step back, son. You bother me.
Let a grown-up Munchkin see.
Don't go near it; it's a trick.
Only touch it with a stick.
It's a magic bed, I bet.
It's reasonable to be upset.
And since no one here has seen
How it got here, where it's been...
Then as the Mayor here, I say
That everyone should run away. (The MUNCHKINS scream and run away)
(Attached to a pole, scaring crows away)
Eeeeeaaaagh! Fly away, fly away! Get outta here, crows. Go on! Shoo! Go on, shoo! Heeeeaaaagh!
Heeeeaaaagh! (The SCARECROW shakes head and lips.) Blublublublublublub. Shoo! Go away!
Aw rats! I can't even scare an old crow. Go on, help yourself, crows. Eat all the corn you want for all I care. I hope you eat so much you can't even fly. I hope you eat so much you flop yourselves to pieces trying to get off the ground.
You're not a crow? Oh, that's all right then. Say, do you think you could lift me down off this pole?
It's easy. All I am is rags and straw. (Dorothy helps him down) Oh my, this is wonderful. Say, this walking isn't as easy as I thought it would be. Is this what they call running? (The SCARECROW goes flying off and runs into the fence)
ROOOOOOAAAAR! ROOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAR! (The LION springs on stage.)
ROOOOOOAAAAR! Give me food. Lion wants food. (He sees TOTO in the basket)
Mmmmmm. Lunch in a basket. (As the LION starts to bite TOTO, DOROTHY slaps him on the nose) WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh . . . . Whada ya do that for? Whada ya do that for? I didn't bite him. I only sniffed him. I'm hungry, and I thought he was your picnic lunch. (still sniffling) He is small. Now that I look at him, no one would think of biting such a little thing except a coward like me. I have always known I was a coward because whenever I meet another creature in the forest, my heart starts beating fast and I feel so scared that I begin roaring as loud as I can to make them run away. And they always do because they don't realize what a coward I aaaaaaaaaaam. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh
GUARDIAN OF THE GATES
And who might you be? So you've come to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, have you? And what makes you think he wants to see you? You can't just walk into the Emerald City like that and see the Wizard. This is a very important and famous place, filled with important and famous people. . . . . What? This is the important and famous Dorothy of Kansas who slew the Wicked Witch of the East with her magic bed. You don't say? Well, why didn't you say so.
I'm the Yellow Winkie General and I serve the Wicked Witch. I only do as I am told; I never lie or snitch. Winkies, ten hut.
Underneath our marching feet,
Crushing, smushing sounds so sweet. Pounded between sock and rock,
Nothing can survive the shock.
Massive, marching multitude,
We are rough and we are rude.
We will wear our fiercest frown,
And tramp and stamp and tamp them down.
I'm the Yellow Winkie General and I serve the Wicked Witch.
I have come to tell you that I never lie or snitch.
My Army will destroy you here forever once and all.
And now I call my soldiers forth with this, my bugle call.