Wizard cast wanted

According to Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz "there's no place like home" and Hawera Repertory Society will be bringing her sentiments alive on stage in 2013.

Their midyear production will be a stage version of The Wizard of Oz. Russ Standing will be directing an adaptation that was originally presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988 and closely follows the film.

The 1939 film was considered innovative because of its songs, special effects and revolutionary use of the new Technicolor.

The songs included are: Over the Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had the Nerve, We're Off To See the Wizard (Follow the Yellow Brick Road), The Jitterbug and The Merry Old Land of Oz.

The cast required includes Dorothy Gale and the dual roles of Aunt Em/Glinda Good Witch of the North; Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard; farmhand Zeke/Cowardly Lion; farmhand Hickory/ Tinman; farmhand Hunk/Scarecrow; Miss Almira Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West and Professor Chester Marvel/Wizard of Oz.

An ensemble is required for the roles of Citizens of Munchkinland and Citizens of Emerald City.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, at Repertory House, 59 Collins St, Hawera. Children's auditions are from 2pm to 4pm; adults from 7pm to 9pm (or by appointment).

For audition information contact Russ Standing 06 278 4609 or russellss@xtra.co.nz or visit for more information hawerarep.org

Taranaki Daily News