The Wizard of Oz

By Nick Schweitzer

Directed by Steve Noll

Dorothy is whisked away on a waterspout from a Wisconsin Dells waterpark to the wonderful Land of Oz! There, she meets all the beloved characters from the Oz books and films, with a few little twists: in typical panto style, several men dress as women – but think Monty Python here, NOT "La Cage aux Folles" – some women dress as men, some people dress as animals, and the critters who fly have a decidedly Wisconsin connection...The show is loaded with silly song parodies, slapstick humor, and corny jokes. Cheering for the heroes and booing for the baddies is strongly encouraged in this family-friendly theatrical treat!

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: December 16-30, 2016

Performance Times:
Friday-Saturday, December 16-17 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, December 18 @ 2pm
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, December 21-22-23 @ 7:00pm
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, December 28-29-30 @ 7:00pm

Ticket Prices: Adults: $20 Kids under 12: $10 Students/Seniors: $18 Special $15 adult tickets for shows on 12/18, 12/21, and 12/28

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Where: Bartell Theater, 113 East Mifflin Street.
When: 7:00pm each night

Although this is not a "proper" musical, there will be songs performed (to be chosen by the cast). Actors with singing skills are especially encouraged to audition.

At auditions, actors will read from the script and then be asked to participate in an improv scene. Some dancing may be needed, so dress to move and bring water. Singing will not be needed at initial auditions, but may be part of callbacks. Strong improv skills are especially critical for this show and will weigh heavily in casting.

Roles Available:
•Aunt Lena – played by a male, strong Scandinavian accent, must read over 40
•Uncle Ole – played by a female, strong Scandinavian accent, must read over 40
•Dorothy – Played by a female, must read teenage
•Toto, the dog – played by a male, must be a large physical presence
•Good Witch of Up North – female character played by male or female actor
•The Scarecrow
•The Tin Man
•The Cowardly Lion
•The Wizard – male character played by male or female actor
•The Wicked Witch of the Wild West – female character played by male or female actor, strong singing voice
•The China Doll – may be doubled with another part
•4–6 Ensemble to play Munchkins, flying badgers, crows, residents of Oz, etc. Must be able to dance and move, and do chorus singing

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN, and will be cast race- and gender-blind.

While this will be a family-friendly show, no one under the age of 18 will be cast.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-October; week one will be table work where actors will be asked to develop character ideas, script changes, add jokes and music, etc. The final script is fluid and all actors will work on enhancing the author's work, with his participation.

For questions about the script or the production, contact director Steve Noll ( or check the audition notice on Facebook.

Please be prepared to provide all conflicts from Oct. 3–Dec. 30, 2016.