Friday, July 31, 2009

Auditions for EDMT "Wizard of Oz"

Darla Wells photo from earlier production

From EDMT :

El Dorado Musical Theatre, of El Dorado Hills, kicks off the beginning of its eighth season with auditions for the fall musical production, "The Wizard of Oz," Saturday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m. Many parts are available since the company will fill two full casts from El Dorado Hills and surrounding communities. In addition, EDMT will be holding a second audition on Sunday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m., with the hope of attracting a third cast from the Granite Bay/Roseville area. Both auditions will be held at EDMT’s rehearsal facility located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park at 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite #4.

Pre-registration for auditions will take place online at beginning on Monday, August 17, at 8:00 p.m. and ending on Thursday, August 20 at midnight (or when space in the casts fill to capacity). The Wizard of Oz is open to performers between the ages of 6-20 years old.

As EDMT celebrates its 70th anniversary, we recognize the undisputed fact that “The Wizard of Oz” is, and will always be, one of the greatest musicals of all time. The story, written by L. Frank Baum, follows the adventures of Dorothy Gale of Kansas, who, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away to another land. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.

Featuring beloved songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “If I Only Had a Brain” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” this production will be magical and will include theatrical flying by ZFX Flying Illusions. Those playing the Wicked Witch, Ms. Gultch, Dorothy, Glinda, and the monkeys will be flown.

As an added treat, original munchkins from the 1939 MGM movie cast will be making appearances at the performances scheduled for November 6-22, 2009.

All who audition should dress to dance and be prepared to sing a song of up to one minute in length to either a background CD, a capella or with the piano accompanist. For more information about registration, roles, fees, or the new rehearsal location in Granite Bay, visit or call (916) 941-SING.

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