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November 14, 2022
A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Due to an overwhelming response all appointment times for Open Call Auditions are now filled. It is very important to us that we see every actor who wishes to audition for The Wizard of Oz. Please sign up below for a spot on our WAITLIST:

1. Fill out Actor Information form HERE
2. Sign Up for the Waitlist HERE

From the team that almost brought you The Rocky Horror Show in 2019 (cancelled due to the Covid pandemic) comes a brand new vision for the multigenerational classic The Wizard of Oz… and YOU can be in it!  Full information below.

“I am dizzy with excitement and a good bit of terror to bring The Wizard of Oz to San Francisco and A.C.T.'s fabulous Toni Rembe Theater. The myth of Dorothy and her friends, and their big adventure, means something different to every single person you ask—whether it’s childhood nostalgia, queer survival, or an unhealthy obsession with flying monkeys. But to pull it off we must enlist (gulp) the brains, heart, and courage of the Bay Area—in collaboration with mega-geniuses David Zinn and Ada Westfall—to create an intimate, intergenerational, human-powered Wizard of Oz that is bursting with contradictions and big beating hearts—just like San Francisco itself.”

– Director Sam Pinkleton

Audition Information

WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

A.C.T. is looking for an ensemble of game, adventurous, openhearted performers ages 18+ for our upcoming Spring 2023 production of the musical The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros. 

The Wizard of Oz will be produced as part of A.C.T.’s mainstage season and will be performed at our historic, newly-renamed 1,000-seat Toni Rembe Theater in San Francisco’s Union Square. 

We are interested in auditionees of all ages (18+), ethnicities, body types, gender identities, and ability levels. 

You must be local and living in the San Francisco Bay Area to be considered for casting. 

No professional experience or union affiliation is required to audition. If cast, everyone will sign a union contract with AEA.

WHEN AND WHERE

Monday, November 14th, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, 1127 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103 

Note: Registration will be in the Strand lobby/waiting area. Please feel free to ask anyone wearing an A.C.T. T-shirt if you have questions about the Strand building/facilities, accessibility, or neighborhood. 

Each auditionee will be asked to sign up for an hour-long slot, which will start with a group warm-up and brief Q&A followed by private individual auditions with you and the Wizard of Oz team. 

Please arrive 15 minutes before your audition slot to fill out any paperwork. If you do not arrive by this time, you may be asked to join a later group. 

During this brief audition, be prepared to share part of a song that you absolutely love to sing or to demonstrate a talent or skill that you are proud of.

Some auditionees may be asked to attend callbacks on Saturday, November 19 at A.C.T.’s Studios at 30 Grant Ave, 8th Floor.

HOW TO SIGN UP

All slots for the OPEN CALL are currently filled, but we encourage you to sign up for the WAITLIST by submitting: 1 – this form, and 2 – your name to the WAITLIST.

OR you can sign up in person day-of, starting at 9:30 AM at The Strand Theater.

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE DATES

This is a PAID, FULL-TIME commitment. You must be available for all rehearsals and performances if you are cast in the production. 

Rehearsals will take place Apr 18–May 20, Tuesday–Saturday. Starting May 23, tech rehearsals and performances will take place Tuesday–Sunday and hours will vary.

Performances will take place June 1–June 25 (with a possible extension through Jul 2).

ABOUT THE SHOW

A.C.T. presents the classic musical, The Wizard of Oz, from Tony Award–nominated director/choreographer Sam Pinkleton (Soft Power and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). Do you remember the first time you saw L. Frank Baum’s classic tale come to life? You may recall the sweeping music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the beloved characters, and the enthralling journey of a young girl from a grayscale Kansas prairie to a world filled with color, danger, queerness, bad Halloween costumes, and magic. For decades this enchanting classic musical has been a part of some of the best moments of our lives. When you enter the Toni Rembe Theater to experience The Wizard of Oz, you’ll connect with rekindled memories—as well as the spark of unexpected surprises and twists!

CASTING BREAKDOWN

We are seeking an ensemble of game, adventurous, openhearted performers to play the following principals:

DOROTHY GALE - a teenage farm girl with her whole life ahead of her

GLINDA/AUNT EM - any age - a good witch

SCARECROW/HUNK - to play 60+ - looking for a brain

TINMAN/HICKORY - to play 60+ - looking for a heart

LION/ZEKE - to play 60+ - looking for courage

EMERALD CITY GUARD/UNCLE HENRY - any age - a real jerk

WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST/MISS GULCH - any age - a true villain, who has a BLAST terrifying our heroes and the audience themselves

We are seeking performers of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. All performers should be comfortable singing and moving, but do not by any means need to be trained singers or dancers. We are interested in people from a variety of performance backgrounds including drag, cabaret, puppetry, clown, rhythmic gymnastics, singer/songwriters, community activists, and the list goes on. Please feel free to showcase any of your special skills in your audition, if you wish.

Additionally, we are seeking three actors to embody, puppet and/or voice various roles including CITIZENS OF MUNCHKINLAND, CROWS, TREES, POPPIES, SNOWMEN, OZIANS, WINKIES, MONKEYS and JITTERBUGS:

  1. A confident, versatile, (and perhaps more than a bit unhinged) dancer/mover/physical performer. Fearless in their body and not afraid to tear shit up.
  2. A confident improviser/host, comfortable riffing within the context of a welcome speech and/or handling special guests. An innovator under pressure. Drag/variety performers and hosts encouraged.
  3. A fierce and versatile actor and strong singer, to play, among other things, the HEAD MONKEY. Puppetry experience a big plus.

VIDEO AUDITIONS

If you can’t audition in-person but are interested in the production, you are welcome to submit a video audition HERE. For video auditions, record a brief introduction including your name and some fun things about you, as well as your song of choice (under 2 minutes). 

Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo as a shareable link. Please make sure the link is viewable to “Anyone with the link” and send to lauraespino@castingcollective.org no later than Friday, November 11 at 5pm Pacific Time.

COVID SAFETY 

In compliance with AEA guidelines for in-person auditions, those attending auditions in person are required to provide one (1) of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination (defined as "more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine")
  • A negative PCR test result taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to entry into the audition venue
  • Two negative antigen test results (e.g., the first taken the night before and the second taken no less than 2 hours) prior to entry into the venue

Masks will be required except when actively auditioning, and all attendees will be asked to complete a symptom check upon arrival. For COVID safety reasons, we ask that you arrive no more than 20 minutes prior to your slot. We will have a COVID Safety Manager onsite in the waiting area throughout the day.

Please note that A.C.T. is a fully vaccinated workplace. All hired actors will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (including all eligible booster shots) prior to their first day of in-person work.

QUESTIONS?

Email Laura Espino at lauraespino@castingcollective.org
Email Katie Craddock at casting@act-sf.org

Team

Sam Pinkleton

Director/Choreographer

David Zinn

Set and Costume Designer

Ada Westfall

Music Supervisor, Orchestrations

Leigh Rondon-Davis

Associate Director

The Casting Collective

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