Wizard of Oz (RSC) Synopsis and Cast Descriptions

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. 
Includes the songs “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Jitterbug,” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz, “Poppies (Optimistic Voices)” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.” 

Performances will take place at Kit Carson Amphitheater in Escondido. July 12-27, 2019.

Character Descriptions

DOROTHY GALE: female, (Mezzo/Mix) Young Kansas girl, earnest, expressive, and strong-willed, in search of something more. Very strong singer who moves well. 

HUNK / SCARECROW: male, (Baritone) Plucky and clever in a pinch, even while lacking a brain. Strong actor with an honest quality. Excellent dancer – acrobatic skills a bonus. Strong baritone to F. 

HICKORY / TIN MAN: male, (Baritone/Tenor) Desperate for a heart. A kind-hearted romantic. Singing and dance required. Strong baritone / tenor to G. 

ZEKE / COWARDLY LION: male, (Baritone) A mix of bravado and cowardice. Should move well. Cuddly actor with excellent comic timing. Vocal range: Strong baritone to F. 

ALMIRA GULTCH / WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST: female. Character villain with an over-the-top stage presence. Excellent comic actress, has a killer cackle. Sings comically but doesn’t have to sound good. 

PROFESSOR MARVEL / THE WIZARD: male. Older father figure with an eccentric flair. Basic conjuring or sleight of hand a bonus. Non-Singing. 

GLINDA: female, (Soprano) Glinda is the Good Witch of the North. Benevolent and beloved. Strong singer. (May double as Aunt Em.)

AUNT EM: female. Aunt Em is demanding, but loves her niece. Non-singing. (May double as Glinda.)

UNCLE HENRY: male. Dorothy’s pleasant uncle. Non-singing. (May double as Emerald City Guard.)

EMERALD CITY GUARD: male, (Baritone) Strong comic actor, big presence. (May double as Uncle Henry.)

MUNCHKINS: boys and girls, (under 5ft tall). The little people of Munchkinland. Long oppressed, and happy to be freed, the Munchkins will (mostly) be played by children. Group singing and coordinated movement required. Dance experience a plus. There are some featured roles among the munchkins, such as The Coroner, The Lollipop Guild, and The Lullaby League. 

WINKIES / FLYING MONKEYS / OZIANS / ADULT MUNCHKINS: Boys and girls and teens. The chorus of the show, with featured speaking/vocal/dancing roles available. Singing and movement required.