Nottingham Lakeside Arts to bring soul to “Wizard of Oz” production.

wizNottingham Lakeside Arts will be holding open castings this Wednesday and Saturday for a 1970s inspired version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

The original musical, which starred Judy Garland, is to be based on the Northern Soul club movement. “The Wiz” (as it is titled) will feature 70s funk and soul music, at the Lakeside Arts venue.

The “timeless story” as described by Director Martin Berry, is to be an “ultra stylish version” of the original Hollywood musical, but will still include all your favourite characters; the Tinman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion, as well as the Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy.

Martin, who has previously directed at Lakeside productions such as ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, has also directed shows in London’s West End, including ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and ‘The Handmaids Tale’ with the English National Opera.

For his production of ‘The Wiz’ he is hoping to recruit local talent to make up the cast.

“We are really excited to find yet another talented local cast to bring this timeless tale to life with us. Our previous casts have included drama school graduates, working actors and future professionals, as well as teachers, IT technicians, students, retirees and many more.”

If you think you have what it takes to be a soulful-seventies Dorothy or smooth-moving Tinman, and you are aged 16 or over, open auditions will take place at Nottingham Lakeside Arts tomorrow (Wednesday 25th February) at 6pm, and Saturday 28th February at 2pm.

Auditionees will be required to take part in a dance workshop, and sing a song of their choice. Successful candidates must be available weekends and Wednesday evenings between April and June, to rehearse the show which will run from July 13th to the 25th.

To register for an audition, email and state your contact details and which date you intend to audition.


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