The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts will present the beloved family musical adventure, “The Wizard of Oz,” during the fall semester as part of the opening of the university’s downtown campus. Performances will be presented Friday through Sunday, November 4-6 and 11-13, at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 14 beginning at 6 p.m. at the USF Downtown location at 431 W. Berry. Callbacks are Monday, August 15 beginning at 7 p.m. Actors are asked to prepare and memorize one verse of a musical theatre song in the style of the show that shows off voice, range and personality. Actors should also bring sheet music in the correct key, with all cuts and repetitions clearly marked; an accompanist will be provided. There will be a choreography audition for which appropriate clothing should be worn. Munchkin auditions, for children in grades 4-8, will take place on August 28 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact director Brad Beauchamp at bbeaux3.
Written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was the first American fantasy for children and one of the most-read children’s books. The 1939 film starring Judy Garland was nominated for six Academy Awards and won Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow." The film was reintroduced to the public with annual broadcasts that began in 1956, earning it the title "most-watched motion picture in history!"