Auditions for an upcoming performance of "The Wiz" will be held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre next week.
Directors are seeking "diverse talent" for the multicultural Broadway musical, which will run Sept. 15–Oct. 1.
The CTC will host auditions Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center. Actors are also encouraged to attend an open community audition Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the South Chattanooga Community Center.
Auditions are open for ages 10 and up, and actors should be prepared to read from the script, perform light dance movements and sing at least 16 bars of a prepared piece. Singers can perform a capella or accompanied by a CD.
"The Wiz" won seven Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 1975. Described as a "super soul musical," the story is an "urbanized retelling" of the classic children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It follows Dorothy on her journey to the Land of Oz, arriving on a "road paved in rock, gospel and soul."
Most leading roles call for black, mixed-race or ethnically ambiguous performers. However, everyone is welcome to audition.
"We have an opportunity with 'The Wiz' to welcome newcomers to the Theatre Centre who may never have appeared on our stage or sat in our audience," CTC Executive Director Todd Olson said in a prepared statement. "The Theatre Centre is a community theater, and we want to open our doors to residents from all corners of the community so that the enriching theatrical experiences we produce have a wide reach."
Watch a performance of "Ease on Down the Road" from "The Wiz" below:
Rehearsals will begin July 16 under the direction of Jazzanooga co-founder Shane R. Morrow.
The cast includes 42 parts, 11 principals, four pit singers and 14 singers/dancers in the chorus. The total cast can include 50 to 70 people.
A list of parts is available here.
More information is available at TheatreCentre.com or by calling 423-268-8538.