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					          The W iza r d of O z

             Performance dates: March 27th, 28th, and 29th
                         Producer: Mr. Sorensen
                           Director: Mrs. Maher
                       Musical Director: Ms. Lambert
ENCLOSED IN THIS PACKET:
       1) Conflict Form
       2) Audition Sheet
       3) Permission Slip
       4) Audition Guidelines & Cast of Characters
Permission slips and audition forms are to be returned to Mr.
Sorensen outside room 131 (there is a folder hanging on the wall
outside the classroom) by Wednesday, November 14th.
Auditions are Monday 11/26, Tuesday 11/27, and Wednesday 11/28 from
2:45 - 4:30 pm. You MUST provide your own transportation home as the
late buses will have already left. You will be assigned a time slot, based on
the information on your audition sheet. The callback list will be posted in
the rotunda on Thursday, November 29th. Callbacks will be held after
school November 29th from 2:35 until 4:50pm. Make sure that if you are
called back you have a ride home as callbacks will also end after the late
busses have already left! NOTE: No parents are allowed to view auditions!
The cast list will be posted Monday, December 3rd on the easel in the
rotunda. Rehearsals begin on Thursday, January 3rd.
You will be asked to sign contracts at the first rehearsal. Rehearsals will be
posted on the website in two-week intervals. You must be available for all
dress/tech rehearsals (March 5th through March 26th) as well as
performances (March 27th through March 30th). NOTE: Our final
performance this year is on a SATURDAY!
                            CONFLICT FORM
Student Name: ___________________________
The Wizard of Oz rehearsals will begin on January 3rd, 2008 and run through the
end of the production on March 30th. Because this year’s show is longer than
last year’s show, and we have the same amount of rehearsal days available, we
will have to use more Friday rehearsals than in previous years. Print an X in
any dates on the calendar below that you know you will be away, or have
another commitment and will not be able to attend rehearsal after school.
Include sports, lessons, tutoring, doctor’s appointment, vacations, etc. Students
will only be allowed ONE un-excused absence during the early rehearsal process
– you will be removed from the cast upon your second unexcused absence. This
is your chance to let us know your conflicts so that they may be excused. Two
additional rehearsal notes:
    1. No absences of any kind will be permitted after March 1st, 2008.
    2. There will be no rehearsal during Winter Break, February 18th – 22nd.

             JANUARY                                     FEBRUARY
  S    M     T    W     T    F    S            S    M    T    W    T    F     S

             1    2    3     4    5                                     1     2

  6    7     8    9    10    11   12           3    4    5    6    7    8     9

 13    14   15    16   17    18   19           10   11   12   13   14   15   16

 20    21   22    23   24    25   26           17   18   19   20   21   22   23

 27    28   29    30   31                      24   25   26   27   28   29




                                       MARCH
                       S     M    T      W     T    F    S

                                                         1

                       2     3    4      5     6    7    8

                       9     10   11    12     13   14   15

                       16    17   18    19     20   21   22

                       23    24   25    26     27   28   29

                       30    31
                   AUDITION SHEET
FULL NAME

PARENTS NAME(S)

PARENT EMAIL ADDRESS

PHONE NUMBER

CELL PHONE NUMBER

GRADE                        TEAM

HOMEROOM

PLEASE INDICATE YOUR AUDITION DAY PREFERENCE: (1ST
CHOICE, 2ND CHOICE, 3RD CHOICE)
         MONDAY 11/26
         TUESDAY 11/27
         WEDNESDAY 11/28

ALL PARTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR:


LIST ANY EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE: (SINGING, DANCING,
ACTING)




     Additional INTEREST IN: (circle as many as applicable)
         CHORUS         DANCER         STAGE CREW
                       PERMISSION SLIP
PARENT/GUARDIAN:
I HAVE READ THROUGH THE AUDITION PACKET WITH MY
CHILD AND HAVE COMPLETED THE CONFLICT FORM. I GIVE
PERMISSION FOR MY SON/DAUGHTER (NAME OF STUDENT)
______________________________________ TO AUDITION FOR THE
MIDDLESEX MIDDLE SCHOOL PRODUCTION OF The Wizard of Oz.

I UNDERSTAND IF SELECTED AS PART OF THE CAST, MY CHILD
WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSALS,
DRESS/TECH REHEARSALS, AND PERFORMANCES.

________________________________
PARENT SIGNATURE

______________________________ (please print parent name)

PARENT HELP NEEDED!
Yes! I would like to help with (circle any that apply):
REHEARSAL HELPER           COSTUMES              PROPS
SET BUILDING           TICKETS/TICKETSALES                PROGRAMS
STAGE CREW                 LIGHT/SOUND

Parent Name:                     Email address

NOTE TO PARENTS:
IF YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE PRODUCTION STAFF DURING THE
REHEARSAL PROCESS PLEASE USE EMAIL. QUESTIONS SHOULD BE
DIRECTED TO THE FOLLOWING STAFF MEMBERS:
    REHEARSALS, ABSENCES, AND STAGE CREW TO THE
     PRODUCER: TSORENSEN@DARIENPS.ORG
    PROGRAMS & TICKETS: TBA
    QUESTIONS ABOUT SCENE WORK & CHARACTER
     DEVELOPMENT: HMAHER@DARIENPS.ORG
    MUSIC AND CHORAL QUESTIONS: KLAMBERT@DARIENPS.ORG
               AUDITION GUIDELINES &
                           CAST OF CHARACTERS
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE AUDTION: Students must prepare to sing a song from any
musical other than the Wizard of Oz. Those students who are called back will be taught numbers
from the show. We want students to prepare a song that they are MOST comfortable singing.
Students MUST have copies of the sheet music for our accompanist. Remember the following two
rules:
  1. Students can NOT sing a capella for their auditions. We need to see that each student can
      sing along with an accompanist.
  2. Students can NOT audition in pairs or any other group sizes. Students will audition on an
      individual basis.

Students looking for sheet music for the audition should check the following websites:

                          www.Musicnotes.com          www.SheetMusicPlus.com

These links are also available on the MMS drama page as well.

Character Name                                         Singing Range
Dorothy                                                Low Alto to High Soprano
Aunt Em
Uncle Henry
Hunk & Scarecrow                                       Tenor
Hickory & Tinman                                       Tenor
Zeke & Lion                                            Baritone
Miss Gultch & Wicked Witch of the West
Professor Marvel & The Wizard of Oz
The Gatekeeper                                         Tenor
Glinda                                                 Mezzo Soprano

                         Small Choral Groups & Individual Munchkins
           Three Crows (Boys Trio)                            Munchkin Mayor
           Three Trees (Girls Trio)                          Three Tough Guys
         The Beauticians (Girls Group)                          Three Tots
            Polishers (Boys Group)                            Munchkin Fiddler
         The Manicurists (Girls Group)                       Munchkin Coroner

Song list                                  Character
Over The Rainbow                         Dorothy

Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead!            Glinda, Dorothy, The Munchkins

Yellow Brick Road                        The Munchkins

If I Only Had a Brain                    Scarecrow, Dorothy, The Crows

We’re Off to See the Wizard              Dorothy and Scarecrow (Duet)

If I Only Had a Heart                    Tinman, Dorothy, The Trees

We’re Off to See the Wizard (Part 2)     Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman (Trio)

Lions, Tigers, and Bears                 Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman

If I Only Had the Nerve                  Lion, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman

We’re Off to See the Wizard (Part 3)     Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion (Quartet)

The Merry Old Land of Oz                 Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Gatekeeper, Ozians

If I Were King of the Forest             Lion w/ Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman
Character Traits
The following information is provided as background to get a better understanding of the
principle characters in the show and help prepare for auditions and callbacks.

Dorothy Gale (mezzo/soprano): A girl frustrated with her sheltered life.
Auntie Em (non-singing): - a stern yet loving mother-figure; Dorothy's guiding light
Ms. Gulch (non-singing): a cranky old woman with a distaste for Dorothy
Zeke, Hickory and Hunk (non-singing): farmhands and trusted acquaintances of
Dorothy; they become The Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow once Dorothy
lands in Oz; We may choose to split these roles - TBA
Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz (non-singing): a blowhard - pretends to be
knowledgeable and powerful to cover up his insecurities
Glinda (soprano): The Good Witch of the North – Dorothy’s guiding light through Oz.
The Wicked Witch of the West (non-singing): Seeks vengeance on Dorothy who she
believes killed her sister, the Wicked witch of the East.
Uncle Henry (non-singing): Father figure to Dorothy and farm owner.

Helpful insights into the characters and historical relevance:
Dorothy, the heroine, symbolizes mid-America at its best -- honest and open-hearted.
Uprooted by a tornado, she is enticed to follow a yellow brick road to the fantasy-land of
Oz. The Scarecrow she meets symbolizes the Western farmer who thinks he has no brain
but turns out to be more capable and intelligent than he realizes. The Tin Woodsman who
joins them represents the American worker whose grinding labors have left him, at least
for a time, rusted and heartless. And the Cowardly Lion who tags along depicts a late 19th
century political figure who finally gathers the courage to do the “right thing”.

				
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