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Auditions for summer production of 'The Wizard of Oz' scheduled April 20-21

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND -- Auditions have been scheduled for the Southeastern Louisiana University Opera/Music Theatre Workshop’s June 22-23 production of “The Wizard of Oz.

     Workshop director Charles Effler said auditions will be held in the Music Annex, room A163 (choral room), on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.

     He said the show offers a lead role for a young girl plus a number of leading roles, supporting roles and chorus parts for children and adults.

     On both dates, children entering grades 3-8 in fall 2007 will audition from 3-6 p.m.; auditions for adults, high school students and university students will be held from 7-8:30 p.m.

     “Southeastern’s production will offer the north shore community an opportunity to participate in a fully staged production with orchestra, professionally designed sets, lights and costumes and with professional leadership at every level,” Effler said.

     New Orleans director/choreographer Alton Geno, who staged the recent Southeastern summer productions of “The Music Man,” will again join Southeastern faculty and staff to create “The Wizard of Oz.”

     Effler said Southeastern’s production will cast an extended “Munchkin” chorus and a Jitterbug dance chorus to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to participate.

     Three performances of The Wizard of Oz” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 22 and 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. on June 23 at Southeastern’s historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.

     “’The Wizard of Oz,’” Effler said, “is known all over the world through the Oz books and the movie starring Judy Garland. St. Louis Municipal Theatre created the stage version of the show based on the movie in the early 1940s after the runaway success of the film, released in 1939.”

     The Department of Music and Dramatic Arts Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will produce “The Wizard of Oz” with the support from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the additional support of North Oaks Health System, Guaranty Savings Bank, Encore Development Corporation, Ed and Peggy Hoover, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Louisiana State Arts Council, Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Decentralized Arts Funding Program.

     For more information about auditions or to make a tax deductible contribution to the production, contact Effler at 985-549-2249, or SLU 10815, Hammond, LA 70402.

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