Auditions


Magical Starlight Theatre invites you to be part of something new and exciting on the community theatre stage!

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Follow a distraught Dorothy Gale as she is swept away on an adventure over the rainbow. Dorothy begins a journey down the Yellow Brick Road to get back home. With a new group of friends, ruby slippers, and her brains, heart, and courage in tow, not even a Wicked Witch can keep her from discovering the magical power of home.

We will hold auditions for The Wizard of Oz, our January 2020 Production, on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Avenue at the northwest corner of Eagle and Jackson Streets in Naperville (enter from upper level). Lead and supporting roles are available for all ages, as well as a strong ensemble of all ages. Auditions for youth under age 16 will be from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and auditions for actors 16 and older will be 2:30-4:00 p.m. both days. Youth must be in fourth grade or higher. Call backs, if necessary, will be held on Monday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Youth and adults are asked to prepare an up-tempo song highlighting their vocal range and versatility approximately one minute long. All auditioning should bring sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. There will be a general movement audition and cold reading from the script. Finally, there will be a dance audition; come prepared to move. All auditioning only need to come to one of the two days of auditions – no time slot reservation is required. Auditionees will be grouped as you arrive and register. Once your group has concluded music, reading, and choreography auditions you will be excused. Check out the FAQ at the bottom of this page for more details.

Rehearsals will generally be scheduled for Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings, and Thursday evenings. Please bring all conflicts for rehearsals, tech week, and performances to auditions. Rehearsal schedule is based on cast member availability that is provided at auditions. Not all cast members are required for all rehearsals before January. ALL ACTORS are expected for ALL January 2020 rehearsals and performances. Eight performances will be presented: January 10-12 and 17-19, 2020. Performances are presented at Naperville Central High School Auditorium. Friday performances are 7:30 pm, Saturday performances are 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm, and Sunday performances 1:30 pm.

Tentative Rehearsal Dates (subject to change)
Please bring conflicts for all highlighted dates.

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Character Descriptions

Magical Starlight Theatre is looking for storytellers with strong emotional and physical commitment to the characters. As such, all auditioning actors are asked to participate in each part of the audition process including singing and movement. All actors cast in this production will be expected to sing and some may be asked to play multiple roles
We are looking for storytellers with strong emotional, and physical commitment to the characters.

Character Description Stage Appearance / Gender Vocal Range / Other Notes
Dorothy Gale Young girl from Kansas. Straightforward, loyal, protective, a dreamer. (Comfortable with dog.) 15-18 years old, Female Mezzo Soprano
Hunk/Scarecrow Farm Hand – Know it all, clumsy. Scarecrow – energetic, clever, loyal & caring. Strong physical movement and strong comedic timing. 18+, Male Baritone
Hickory / Tin Man Farm Hand – jovial, friendly Tin Man – kind hearted, hopeless romantic, polite & gentlemanly. 18+, Male Strong Baritone
Zeke / Cowardly Lion Farm Hand – big talker, but a softie Lion – bravado and cowardice, endearing. Strong comic timing. 18+, Male Strong Baritone
Emily Gale Dorothy’s aunt, motherly caring, no nonsense, honest hard worker. Adult, Female
Henry Gale Dorothy’s uncle, taskmaster, kind, fair, proud, wry sense of humor Adult, male
Miss Almira Gultch Local busybody – prudish, sharp, self- righteous, and mean. Adult, Female (Possible double as Wicked Witch)
Wicked Witch of the West Vengeful villain, angry & ruthless. strong stage presence, comedic timing, killer cackle Adult, Female (Possible double as Miss Gultch)
Professor Marvel / The Wizard Professor Marvel – Eccentric con man, good hearted The Wizard – resourceful, theatrical Adult, Male
Glinda the Good Witch Benevolent fairy godmother. Graceful, optimistic. Adult, Female Mezzo Soprano
Emerald City Guard Earnest, exuberant and welcoming. Adult, Male Baritone
Munchkins Childlike inhabitants of Munchkinland, joyous, wonderment
The Mayor – Pompous
The Coroner – Scientific & confident
The Barrister – Nit Picky
City Fathers – Official
Lollipop Guild – Industrious & tough
Lullaby League – Sweet & Serene
Youth, Male & Females
Crows Nemesis of the Scarecrow Youth, Male Strong singers and dancers
Trees Enchanted friends of Tin Man Youth Female Strong singers
Jitterbugs Wicked witch army of insects to dissuade Dorothy & Friends Dancers, Male & Female
Ozians Citizens of Emerald City – enthusiastic, naïve, kind, Bright, helpful, & efficient All Ages, Male & Female
The Winkies Guards at Wicked Witch palace – stoic, orderly, and dim witted
Winkie General – matter of fact, simple
18+, Male
Flying Monkeys Wicked Witch Henchmen – obedient, strong physical movement
Nikko – Commander of the monkeys – witch’s collaborator
Youth, Male or Female

If you have additional questions not answered below, email: info@MagicalStarlight.org.

Frequently Ask Questions

Do I need to come on both days of auditions?
No. You only need to come on either Saturday or Sunday, not both days.
Do I need to schedule an audition time?
Magical Starlight Theatre does not schedule audition time slots. Everyone auditions on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where do I go to audition?
Auditions are held on the upper level of the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center located at 305 Jackson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540. Upon arriving, proceed to registration located in the “Community Hall” room (also on the upper level) – signs will be posted to help guide you.
How old do I have to be to audition?
Magical Starlight Theatre casts youth and adults of all ages; however, youth auditionees are required to be enrolled in 4th grade or above at the time of the audition.
How long will this audition take?
Auditions will take at least one hour – we strive to allow each and every auditionee an equal opportunity to audition their best. Depending on the number of people that show up, there could be a wait of about 36-60 minutes before being called into the audition.
What will I have to do for the audition?

Auditionees will be taken in small groups.  After music/dialog/acting exercise, the group will immediate move to the choreography audition room.

    • Each auditionee will sing approximately 32 measures of the song they have prepared.
      • An accompanist is provided.
      • Recordings and personal accompanists are not permitted.
      • Auditionees may be stopped before finishing if the staff has heard what they need.
    • The Music Director may ask auditionees to sing a scale to determine their range.
    • Auditionees will participate in reading a cutting from the script.
      • Script cuttings will be available to peruse in the registration room.
      • Auditionees may be asked to read additional cuttings of the director’s choice.
    • Auditionees may be asked to participate in a brief acting exercise with others.
    • Auditionees will then learn and perform a brief piece of choreography as a group.
    • The choreographer may ask you to stay, if s/he would like to see more.
Do I need my own music?
Each auditionee is asked to bring their sheet music. An accompanist will be provided for you. NO recorded music or outside accompanist is permitted.
Do you have to sing a song from the musical?
It’s suggested, but not necessary.
Do you have to speak with an accent?
If the role you are auditioning for has an accent, it’s suggested, but not necessary.
Will there be tap shoes required for auditions?
No but if called back for tap please bring tap shoes to demonstrate mastery level.
Can a parent(s) watch their child’s audition?
No
If I have a conflict during my age groups scheduled audition time, may I still audition?
Yes, you may.
Is there a cost if I am cast in the show?
There is no registration or production fee. You will be expected to provide the designated footwear, undergarments, and personal make-up that your character requires
Will I have to provide my own costume?
Depending on your character, there may be basic components to your costume that you would need to provide. For example: black pants and character shoes.
Will there be callbacks?
It depends on who auditions and if the director deems necessary.
If there are callbacks, when would I be notified?
No later than 11 pm on Sunday.
If I am not called back, does that mean I am not in the show?
No. Many roles are cast based on the first audition. Not all roles are called back.
When will I know if I am cast in the show.
If you are cast, you will be called by the end of the day Monday; no later than 10 pm.
How can I find out the cast list?
The cast list will be posted on www.magicalstarlight.org website by noon on Tuesday after callbacks. The cast list will also be posted on the Riverwalk Community Center front doors.
In general, when are rehearsals?
Sundays: 12 – 6 pm, Tuesdays 7 – 10 pm, Thursdays 7 – 10 pm
There are other dates as well.
Will I have to attend all rehearsals?
Your attendance is required at all rehearsals that your character is called for and that you have NOT communicated an existing conflict.