Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum

Music and Lyrics by: Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg

Directed by: Ian Leonard

Vocal Direction by: Sheila Townsend

Choreography by: Jillian Toby Cummings

We are excited to announce that the next production will be co-produced by Los Altos Stage Company.  THE WIZARD OF OZ will perform July 18 through August 3, 2014.  Because of expected demand, there will be 14 performances instead of the usual 10.  This is a chance to be part of a more professional show featuring three professional actors as teaching artists.

Sheila Townsend, actress, conductor and vocal instructor. (Glinda)

Kimberly Kaye, a singer & dancer with extensive performing experience. (Wicked Witch)

Daniel P Wilson, professional actor, director & arts educator,  also the associate artistic director of Los Altos Stage Company.  (Wizard, Professor)

These teaching artists will also conduct master classes in their fields.  Youth actors will work on their performing and audition skills and apply them to a mock audition. Note that there are many of important parts in Wizard of Oz to be cast:  Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Lullaby League and many more.  There will be lots of singing and dancing for all characters.  

Audition Information

Audition will take place May 13 & 14 from 4-7pm at the Hillview Community Center, please write to losaltosyouththeatre@gmail.com to request an audition time:

May 13:  4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 or

May 14: 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30.

  • Casting ages 10-20
  • A few roles or production positions available for interns 21-30
  • Come prepared to move!
  • Prepare one minute of classic Broadway song
  • Call back will be May 17 (College students may audition this day by appointment.)

Rehearsals

June 2 - July 3 & July 7-10,  6-8:30pm, Hillview Multipurpose Room

Tech week July 13-17

Master classes will take place on Fridays. Sample Master Classes include:

Movement Techniques for the Actor

This Master class will explore movement from an actor’s perspective: understanding oneself in neutral, finding a character’s center, shifting where a character ‘moves from’, exploring things like walking/sitting as a character, as well as the technique of Animal Explorations – with varying levels of humanizing as a ‘secret’ methodology for unique character development and movement creation. It will also explore the use of props/costumes as character extensions and/or masks.

Getting What You Want (Onstage)

Prepping a monologue for an audition or tackling your script after landing the part may seem intimidating at first. You dive in, but no matter how angry/excited/sad you try to be, it all seems fake.  The problem is with trying to “be an emotion” instead of taking action.  It’s called acting for a reason! In this session, we’ll work on discovering what your character wants and how to use active verbs to get it.

Performance weekends

July -August 3 (14 performances)

Fees

Los Altos Residents: $289          All Others: $307

Scholarships available