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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Wizard of Oz

"The Wizard of Oz," featuring the Scarecrow, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Tinman, is coming to Northwest Missouri State University Monday, Nov. 29. Tickets for the show are available to the general public beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Nov. 1, 2010

Tickets available Tuesday for 'The Wizard of Oz'; children's auditions Friday


MARYVILLE, Mo. - "The Wizard of Oz," one of the greatest family musicals of all time, is twisting onto the Northwest Missouri State University campus, Monday, Nov. 29. Tickets for the show are available to the general public beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2.

"This is the quintessential family show," Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott said. "We've grown up with 'The Wizard of Oz.' We know the songs, we know the characters, and if you and your family have never attended a performing arts experience, this is one to come to."

A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, "The Wizard of Oz" will blow its audience away from the moment the tornado touches down. The story transports the audience to a dazzling art deco Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends - the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow - in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $25 for adult orchestra, $23 for adult balcony, $15 for student orchestra and $13 for student balcony. Northwest student tickets are $10 for orchestra and $8 for balcony.

Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 660.562.1212. Tickets may also be purchased at the Student Services Desk, located on the first floor of the Administration Building, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Audition information

Adding a unique component to the show, local children have an opportunity to be cast in the show as munchkins and winkies. Twelve local children and one alternate will be cast to perform the roles.

Auditions will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Charles Johnson Theatre. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and all children must be checked-in by 5:45 p.m. to participate in auditions. A casting announcement will be made the same night at the conclusion of auditions.

To be eligible, children must be 8 to 13 years old, stand no taller than 5 feet and weigh no more than 100 pounds. All children auditioning must provide an official form of identification verifying their birth date at check-in; there will be no exceptions. All children auditioning will be weighed and measured on site to ensure they meet the height and weight requirements deemed by the national touring company.

Children should come dressed in comfortable dance or exercise clothing and clean dance or tennis shoes. Children will be taught a short dance routine and music piece on site and will audition using those pieces. Auditions will be closed to the public.

Children should be skilled singers and dancers engaged in an ongoing course of study in acting, music or dance, show enthusiasm and have a lot of stage presence. All music that is sung in unison as munchkins; there are no harmony parts. Songs performed as winkies are lip-synched.

Children also should be familiar with " Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead."

Children must also be able to fulfill the obligations and time commitments for a live-stage theatrical production. If selected, children must attend the following rehearsals; there will be no exceptions:

Cast members also will be asked to miss a partial day of school beginning at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, for rehearsals, blocking and fittings.

For costumes children must provide their own black or white t-shirt and black tights. Parents also should note "The Wizard of Oz" performance does contain both pyrotechnics and strobe lights.

Auditions, rehearsals and all related training will be provided by and supervised by Whitney Wallace of Miss Whitney's Elite Dance and assisted by Vanessa Parsons of Maryville Young Players.

Any questions related to "The Wizard of Oz" audition process may be directed to Angel McAdams Prescott at 660-562-1226 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468