Children’s Auditions for THE WIZARD OF OZ on Saturday, July 8

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 20, 2017

Local youth will have the opportunity to work alongside professional actors when the Roxy Regional Theatre holds children’s auditions for Munchkins and other ensemble characters in THE WIZARD OF OZ on Saturday, July 8, at noon.

Children ages 8 and up should come prepared with “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” and be dressed to move in comfortable clothing and shoes, as the audition will also include a dance portion. All auditionees will sing through the song with the recorded track prior to individual auditions. To avoid distractions, parents will be asked to wait in the lobby during the auditions.

Performances run September 8 through September 30. Although THE WIZARD OF OZ will play weekday matinees for school groups, those children who are cast will only need to be present for the evening performances. Children’s rehearsals will begin Thursday, July 20, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.

A tentative rehearsal and performance schedule, along with sheet music and reference track for “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” can be found online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org/auditions.

Houses were packed to capacity, Broadway World called it “one of the year’s most unforgettable performances,” and audiences have been begging for more ever since.

Back by popular demand following 2014’s limited run upstairs in the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace, now Executive Director Ryan Bowie reprises his tour de force performance of John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking award-winning musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in a production completely re-imagined for the mainstage, June 30 – July 15.

Following in the footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, Andrew Rannells, Darren Criss and John Cameron Mitchell himself, Bowie stars as “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

In this rocking ride with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, Hedwig’s outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch,” featuring Matthew McNeill on piano, Jarrod Jackson on guitar, John Waddle on bass, and Thad Wallus on drums. Sara Fetgatter, last seen on the Roxy Regional Theatre stage as Linda in The Wedding Singer, returns as Hedwig’s husband and back-up singer, Yitzhak.

Aiming to tear down conventional boundaries while addressing such themes as gender identity and the quest for love, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has ever felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile. Due to language and adult content, this production is recommended for mature audiences only.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is made possible in part through the generous support of Larry & Barbara Goolsby and Melinda Kelly-Major.

Performances run June 30 through July 15 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm.

Friday, June 30, is the traditional pay-what-you-can preview of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. All tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm that evening for a $5 minimum donation.

Tickets are $25 and may be reserved online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain). Military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Wednesday and Thursday performances during the run.

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