THE WIZARD OF OZ

By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Backround Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestrations by Larry Wilcox

A Main Stage Production
Featuring performers ages 6 – 20.
Show appropriate for all audiences.

Performances
October 20 – 29, 2023
Harris Center at Folsom Lake College

Director: Debbie Wilson
Choreographer: Theresa Swain
Vocal Director: Jennifer Wittmayer
Costume Designer:
Karen McConnell 
Producer:
Chris Hobbs 

SHOW OVERVIEW
Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.

Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based on the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

THE WIZARD OF OZ
is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.
www.concordtheatricals.com

PERFORMER’S CALENDAR – CLICK HERE

AUDITION WORKSHOP
EDMT Founder and Artistic Director, Debbie Wilson, is teaching a workshop ideal for any performer new to the audition process between 6 years old through 20 years old who wants to audition for EDMT’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Participants will learn:

  • Exactly what to expect at the audition.
  • How to choose audition songs, and will receive appropriate audition songs that they can download and use.
  • How to drill your introduction, what to include, and why your introduction is so important!
  • Dance steps that are in The Wizard of Oz audition.
  • Plus, everyone will get a chance to do a full practice audition to gain experience.

Date:  Saturday, August 5th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Cost:  $50

  • Parents attend for FREE and are strongly encouraged to attend so they can assist their young performer. Only one parent per child registered may attend.

Audition Workshop will take place at EDMT, 4949 Windplay Drive, in El Dorado Hills, CA.

CAST OF CHARACTERS
Dorothy Gale
Aunt Em/Glinda
Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard
Zeke/Cowardly Lion
Hickory/Tinman
Hunk/Scarecrow
Miss Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West
Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz
Citizens of Munchkinland
Three Crows
Three Trees
Poppies
Snowmen
Ozians
Winkies
Flying Monkeys
Jitterbugs & Ghosts

MUSICAL NUMBERS
Over the Rainbow
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
Yellow Brick Road
If I Only Had a Brain
We’re Off to See the Wizard
If I Only Had a Heart
Lions, Tigers and Bears
If I Only Had the Nerve
Poppies
The Merry Old Land of Oz
If I Were King of the Forest
March of the Winkies
Jitterbug
Winkies March (Reprise)
Winkies March with Friends
Over the Rainbow
(Reprise)
Ding Dong! The Which Is Dead!
(Reprise)
Finale

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • 3 Total Absences for NON-MANDATORY rehearsal dates; including but not limited to vacation, school functions, illness, and family events.
  • Do not schedule vacation to use all 3 absences. You need to allow for sick days.
  • Arriving 30 minutes late or leaving 30 minutes early = one-half absence.
  • Note: Lead rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:00-6:15pm [Although ALL PERFORMERS are subject to being called on a Monday (see weekly newsletter for the call list)]
  • NO ABSENCES during Mandatory Rehearsals, Tech Rehearsals or Shows (October 9th – 29th).
  • School Shows* on October 26th and 27th (*Each cast will have a school show from approx. 8:00am-12:30pm. If a performer is double cast they will perform in both school shows. )
  • If you miss more than 3 absences or miss a mandatory rehearsal, tech rehearsal or show you will be removed from the show.

REGISTRATION
Online registration begins Tuesday, August 1st, at 8:00pm on this webpage and closes when full or on Wednesday, August 9th at 11:59pm whichever comes first. (If the cast is full you may choose to be placed on a waiting list.) Everyone registered will be in the show. Auditions are to determine who will perform specific roles.

  • No cast requests.
  • Please review the calendar thoroughly.
  • Do not register if you will miss more than three rehearsals.
  • Attendance Policy: 3 Total Absences; including but not limited to vacation, school functions, illness, and family events.
  • Do not schedule vacation to use all 3 absences. You need to allow for sick days.
  • Arriving 30 minutes late or leaving 30 minutes early = one-half absence.
  • Note: Lead rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:00-6:15pm [Although ALL PERFORMERS are subject to being called on a Monday (see weekly newsletter for the call list)]
  • NO ABSENCES during Mandatory Rehearsals, Tech Rehearsals or Shows (October 9th – 29th).
  • School Shows* on October 26th and 27th (*Each cast will have a school show from approx. 8:00am-12:30pm. If a performer is double cast they will perform in both school shows.)
  • If you miss more than 3 absences or miss a mandatory rehearsal, tech rehearsal or show you will be removed from the show.

LEARN THE AUDITION DANCE
Tuesday, August 8th, at 4:00pm at EDMT’s Rehearsal Facility. A video link of the audition dance will be emailed to all registrants for those who are unable to attend in-person or who want to use it to practice.

AUDITIONS
Tuesday, August 15th, starting at 4:00pm at EDMT’s Rehearsal Facility.

  • You may bring sheet music for the accompanist or use a digital music file for this vocal audition. We will send an email after registration with instructions on how to prepare sheet music and submit your digital music for auditions.
  • Upon arrival to auditions you will be measured for costumes and have a photo taken for the program.
  • Auditionees will be seated by number in a row of 10 chairs in the audition room. Parents are invited to watch. When your number is called, you will come forward, introduce yourself and your song, and then sing for up to one minute.
  • Next, 20 auditionees will perform the dance audition for the staff in groups of five. Some groups of auditionees will sing first and dance second, and others will dance first and sing second.
  • Finally, the Artistic Staff will announce the audition numbers of those who are being called back. Those called back will proceed immediately to the “Callback Table” to pick up any songs/scripts needed in preparation for the callback auditions on Monday.
  • Note: The door will be closed during each group’s auditions. No entering or exiting the room during that time.

CALLBACKS
Thursday, August 17th, starting at 4:00pm at EDMT’s Rehearsal Facility. Those called back will be asked to read lines from the script and sing the song(s) they were given at the “Callback Table” at auditions. They should also be prepared to dance if requested.

CAST LIST
The cast list will be posted on the EDMT website on Saturday, August 19th at 12:00pm.

PUBLICITY APPEARANCES
Cast members obtaining lead roles are expected to make themselves available for publicity events such as television appearances and newspaper interviews.

Auditions and Rehearsals will take place at EDMT, 4949 Windplay Drive, in El Dorado Hills, CA.

COST
$595 Tuition Fee (for each sibling, add $550)

Additional expenses may include the purchase of personal items such as shoes, changing garments, or makeup; and those which are completely optional, such as, a cast photo, souvenir mug or ornament, T-shirt, etc…

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
NO refunds of tuition will be made once the cast list is posted on the EDMT website, except in extenuating circumstances such as death in the family, or a medical injury, serious illness or surgery not known about prior to registration.

  • Registered cast members will receive a full refund of tuition, minus a $75.00 processing fee, if they remove themselves from the cast at least 48 hours prior to auditions.
  • Registered cast members will be charged one-half of tuition, in addition to a $75.00 processing fee, if they remove themselves between auditions and the day before cast list is posted.
  • To request a cancellation prior to the cast list being posted, send an email to edmt@edmt.info.  Make sure to include performer’s name, parent’s name and phone number, and reason for canceling.
  • NO refunds of tuition will be given to cast members removed from the cast by EDMT staff for behavioral reasons.

Note: Performers and their parents are aware that rehearsals require the performer to have the ability to focus for two-and-a-half hours, with one break.

REHEARSALS

  • Monday, August 21st, from 4:00pm-6:15pm is a lead read-through.
  • Monday, August 21st, from 4:00-5:00pm is a new performer orientation for those who are performing with EDMT for the first time or who have only been in a training show.
  • Tuesday, August 22nd, from 4:00-6:30pm is the first rehearsal for the entire cast.
  • Mondays from 4:00-6:15pm are usually lead-rehearsal days, but additional cast member may be called on Mondays. If a Monday rehearsal is missed it counts towards the 3 absences (see weekly newsletter for the call list)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm all cast member rehearsal.
  • Please review the calendar thoroughly.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • 3 Total Absences for NON-MANDATORY rehearsal dates; including but not limited to vacation, school functions, illness, and family events.
  • Do not schedule vacation to use all 3 absences. You need to allow for sick days.
  • Arriving 30 minutes late or leaving 30 minutes early = one-half absence.
  • Note: Lead rehearsals are on Mondays from 4:00-6:15pm [Although ALL PERFORMERS are subject to being called on a Monday (see weekly newsletter for the call list)]
  • NO ABSENCES during Mandatory Rehearsals, Tech Rehearsals or Shows (October 9th – 29th).
  • School Shows* on October 26th and 27th (*Each cast will have a school show from approx. 8:00am-12:30pm. If a performer is double cast they will perform in both school shows.)
  • If you miss more than 3 absences or miss a mandatory rehearsal, tech rehearsal or show you will be removed from the show.

Rehearsals will take place at EDMT, 4949 Windplay Drive, in El Dorado Hills, CA.

NEW PARENT MEETING
Parents of cast members NEW to EDMT or cast members who have only done an EDMT training show must attend the NEW PARENT MEETING on Monday, August 21st from 4:00-5:00pm, where you will receive important information critical to the success of your performer. This is during the time where your new performer will be called to a new performer orientation.

ALL PARENT MEETING
Parents of all cast members must attend the ALL PARENT MEETING on Thursday, August 31st from 5:00-6:30pm, where you will receive important information and needs specific to this show. At the end of this meeting is the primary opportunity to purchase collectibles (t-shirts, cast photos, ornaments, mugs, and show photos). We will process your credit card for your order at this time.

VOLUNTEER HOURS
Our volunteers are some of the most important people in our organization. Without our volunteers, our productions would not be possible. Volunteers are needed for rehearsals, poster blitz, set painting, costume and prop support, shows, load-in/load-out, etc.

  • Each family is required to complete at least 20 volunteer hours for this show.
  • If your family does not complete 20 volunteer hours, a $200 fee will be charged to your credit card on file.
  • Information regarding volunteer positions will be sent from our Parent Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole Koch.
  • If you drop a role during Mandatory Rehearsals, Tech Rehearsals or Shows, you will be charged $20 per occurrence.
  • When volunteering, DO NOT bring other kids. When volunteering for the other cast, DO NOT bring your performer(s).
  • If you sign-up as a Backstage Dresser, DO NOT send your spouse who did not receiving training.

PERFORMER RULES OF CONDUCT

  • We expect every participant to be courteous, respectful, and responsible while understanding that focus, dedication, and commitment are necessary to achieve the group’s goals.
  • We expect each participant to be punctual and prepared for rehearsal.  Prepared by knowing the material that was covered in the previous rehearsals, and also prepared by being well-groomed and dressed for movement (no jeans) and wearing dance footwear or tennis shoes.
  • We expect that everyone will take good care of the facility; both our rehearsal areas and our performance venues and equipment. That means cleaning up after yourself and taking your belongings home with you at the end of rehearsals/shows. Items left behind will be purged once a month.
  • There is a zero tolerance policy towards any substance abuse. Violations will result in immediate dismissal and appropriate authorities may be contacted.
  • Every EDMT participant should understand that their contributions towards a positive, healthy, and supportive environment are necessary for the group to be successful and to ensure that every El Dorado Musical Theatre production is the best it can be for each and every audience member as well as for each and every performer.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
EDMT awards available scholarships to individuals deemed most appropriate from the pool of applications. We offer work scholarships and need based scholarships that may be all or part of one tuition fee.

  • Parents or eligible performers are required to complete the 20 volunteer hours. (Scholarship recipients will not be eligible for another scholarship if volunteer hours are not completed.)
  • Award decisions will be made based on potential benefit to applicant, potential benefit to the show, and financial need.
  • Scholarship recipients must be in good standing with the company and commit to remain in the show regardless of whether or not a lead role is obtained.
  • A contract will be provided for a Work Scholarship to determine how many hours are required to volunteer per month, outside of the 20 volunteer hours per show.
  • The deadline for applications is Saturday, July 29th at 8:00pm. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients of scholarships will be notified by email no later than 8:00pm on Monday, July 31st. Link to EDMT Scholarship Application.

SHOW FAQs

Will siblings be placed together in the same cast?  Can we request to be in a cast with a friend?
Casts will be created by the artistic staff to meet the needs of the show.  Siblings will be in the same cast. There are NO CAST REQUESTS for this show.

Can parents observe rehearsals?
No. Only registered performers, rehearsal monitors and staff members may be on site while rehearsals are in progress. Rehearsal monitors should not be watching rehearsals, but should be managing the performers.

Can performers watch another cast’s rehearsal?
When only one cast is called to a rehearsal, performers from the other cast may not watch unless invited by the Artistic Director. If a parent is volunteering for the other cast, their performer is not permited to be at the rehearsal or in the facility unless approved by an EDMT staff member.

How will drop off and pick up work?
All performers should enter EDMT through the front door entrance and arrive no more than 10-15 minutes before their scheduled rehearsal time for check-in. After rehearsal, performers will exit EDMT through the front door. A Rehearsal Monitor will wait with the performers in front of the building until parents arrive. Please arrive on time to pick up your performer(s). Please exit your vehicle and come to the front door to pick up your child.

Who do I go to when I have a question?
Please direct all questions to the Show Coordinator or Producer, (Mrs.) Chris Hobbs. Please avoid disrupting rehearsals by going directly to the artistic staff.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For any additional questions or information about The Wizard of OZ, please contact Producer, Chris Hobbs, at chrishobbs@edmt.info or call the EDMT office at (916) 941-7464.

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