Wizard of Oz Information

The CAST LIST will be posted Thursday , First rehearsal and meeting is Saturday January 20th



WIZARD OF OZ AUDITION INFORMATION

We are very excited that your child has chosen to audition for ”Wizard of Oz” Theater is a vibrant part of our culture and community and allows children the freedom to express themselves creatively while promoting individuality and developing self-confidence.  At AAMCT whether backstage or in the spotlight students are taught to use their talents to help each other, which enhances the company as a whole and ensures the high quality performances we have become known for. It is our goal to provide as many children as possible with an educational and high quality theatre experience in hopes of fostering a lifelong appreciation for music, theatre and the arts.


Audition Date

Auditions are Saturday, January 13th from 10:00 am – 3:00 by appointment at St. John's Community Center in Mokena. (Use the North entrance)  There are three separate time slots starting at 10:00am, 12:00 pm and 2:00pm.

Please call 708-479-0440 or email allaboutmusicmokena@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment for your child. Please note there has been a change in procedure from previous musicals. In order to register for a spot you must complete the audition form and turn in the registration fee.  There is a $25 audition registration fee that will be applied toward tuition if you are cast. If we are not able to cast you, the fee will be refunded. If you decided not to audition or participate the fee will not be refunded. We are planning to take as many students as possible but Wizard of Oz is an extremely popular show and we would like to make sure everyone is serious about participating. 


Audition Makeup Date

There will be a makeup audition date on Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00 pm with makeup call backs on Thursday evening, January 11th. Please call or email if you need the makeup date. You will follow all the procedures as if you were auditioning on Saturday.


What to Expect at Auditions

At auditions students will be taught a short dance combination, sing a portion of a song from the show off of the audition CD (available at all About Music with lyrics $5) from the show and read a selection for the character you are auditioning for, which can be found on the website by clicking the “Audition Lines PDF” button below.

 

Call backs will be held on Sunday, January 14th from approximately 12:00 to 5:00 pm and Monday, January 15th if needed. Not everyone will need to be seen for a callback.  The call back list will be posted on the website late Saturday night.


AUDITION WORKSHOPS 

Participants will learn more about the show, characters, and songs as well as perform different characters and receive audition tips during a mock audition.  The cost is $20 The Workshop enrollment form is a pdf at the bottom of this page and can be dropped off at AAMCT. Studio hours are Monday - Thursday 2:00 until 7:30 pm or you can put it in the mailbox at the street.  We keep the classes small so students can receive individual attention therefore your spot cannot be held until you have turned in the form and payment.


Workshop Dates & Times:

Monday 1/8 5:30 - 6:30 (FULL)

Tuesday 1/9  6:30 - 7:30 (FULL)

Wednesday 1/10 4:30 - 5:30pm  (1 SPOT AVAILABLE)

** An additional Class has been added on Thursday 1/11  6:00 - 7:00 !! **


Performances are Friday-Sunday April 6th-8th.  We anticipate double casting and each cast having 2 performances.  All shows are at the Lincoln-way Central Fine Arts Center in New Lenox.  We may double cast some or all of the characters, but each student will be in a minimum of two shows. 


Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and kids 12 and under when purchased in advance.  Seating is reserved and tickets are filled in the order received, group rates are available, please inquire. Tickets at the door are cash only, $15.


Enrollment Costs 

There is a $25 audition registration fee that will be applied toward tuition if you are cast. If we are not able to cast you, the fee will be refunded. If you do not show up at auditions or chose not to participate after the cast list is posted the participate the fee will not be refunded. We are planning to take as many students as possible but Wizard of Oz is an extremely popular show and we would like to make sure everyone is serious about participating. The tuition fee is $325 per student. ($300 after the audition registration fee is deducted. All payments are cash or check only) This helps to offset the cost of months of education and supervision during rehearsals as well as the child’s script, CD, costume, set construction and materials, props, royalties, publicity, rehearsal space rental and theater rental.   It does not include shoes, socks, tights or leotards.

  

Volunteer Info ~ As with any organization of this size all parents are required to volunteer.  A minimum of 5 hours per child is required or if it is more convenient you can pay the $50 buyout fee.  PLEASE NOTE:  We are still operating on the honor system and do not require the volunteer fee in advance like many other organizations.  However if you have not fulfilled your volunteer time from a previous play the full or partial buyout fee is due at audition sign-up. Please inquire if you are unsure as we keep a running list.


Assistance ~ We do not want to exclude anyone based on financial need.  Time payment options are available; please email allaboutmusicmokena@yahoo.com for more information in advance of your audition.    All financial arrangements must be made prior to auditions and fulfilled at least 3 weeks before the shows performances. There must be a down payment of some type made at the parent meeting. It is unfortunate we have had to add additional stipulations but it is more important to spend time working with the kids then asking for payments that have been agreed to in advance.


The mandatory parent meeting and costume measurements will be on Saturday,  January 20th at 10 am at St. John's Community Center. Volunteer forms and participation fees are due at this time, tee shirts, program ads, DVD orders and ticket forms may also be turned in.  We will have a brief meeting and the kids will be measured.  The first rehearsal is Saturday, January 20th.
 

Rehearsals, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as there are some changes here from past productions. Rehearsals are on Saturday, Thursday and Monday.  Everyone will have rehearsals on most Saturdays starting January 20th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, at St. John's Community Center. A lot of these rehearsals will be broken up into morning and afternoon depending on the number of students that are chosen for the cast.  But everyone will rehearse in the morning.  Everyone will also have some Thursday evening rehearsals from 6:00 to 8:00pm, at St. John's in Fellowship Hall. These will be divided by dance number so it's not every Thursday for everyone. 

All solo singing and speaking parts will also rehearse on some Monday evenings from 6:00 -8:00 pm at All About Music, this is also broken up by scene and song. In general the larger the role, the more rehearsal time is required, but everyone will rehearse on Saturday mornings.  There will also be two Sunday rehearsals and the dates will be available shortly.


Tech Week dates are Mon., Tues., Wed., Thur., April 2nd - 5th  from approximately 4:00 to 9:00pm  Attendance is mandatory if you cannot be at tech week you cannot be in the show.  If we have two casts the rehearsals will be split and each cast has two rehearsals.

The quality of the production depends on the cast as a whole, attendance is extremely important, students missing 2 unexcused rehearsals may have their parts reassigned or be removed from part or all of the show.  Just like any sport, the cast is a team and when members are missing you can't play a good game.  If you miss a rehearsal it is your responsibility to get together with the other cast members to learn what you missed.
 

We realize that's a lot of information so please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at auditions!


GENERAL AUDITION TIPS FOR ANY SHOW, ANYWHERE!

Be on time, be polite and courteous and follow directions.  First impressions count!

Dress in clothing and shoes you can dance and move around in comfortably. (No flip flops, pants that fall down, sleeves that cover hands) It’s a good idea to wear your hair up and out of your face.

Practice your lines and song so you know them very well.  Try performing them in front of a family member.

Don't say your lines too fast, it's not a race to see how fast you can finish.

Take a deep breath and project when you sing and speak, try to show the emotion of the part.

If you have a vocal/acting coach or drama/music teacher at school or church ask them for help.

Trying your hardest and giving your best effort is important. Try to have fun and show enthusiasm, we are all at auditions because we love theatre, and building confidence in actors and we want to have a great show too!

If you are not cast as your first choice in a show we strongly encourage you to take the part you are offered.  It will help you grow as a performer and you are sure to have fun and make new friends at AAMCT.

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