MOUNT VERNON — Yellow brick roads, flying monkeys, talking lions and magical ruby slippers. … It’s not a dream; it’s a place, and MTVarts, a nonprofit community theater organization, invites you to join them there. MTVarts is hosting open auditions on Saturday, April 6, for Frank L. Baum’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz.”

Those 14 and older can choose either the morning (10 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (2-4 p.m.) session. Plan to stay for the full two hours. Please come prepared with a short selection from any musical or the specific character requirements listed on the website. Auditioners will be performing a short choreography segment so wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for dance.

Auditions will be held at warehouse14 which is located at 14 E. Ohio Ave., at the corner of Blackberry Alley in downtown Mount Vernon. Please use the Ohio Avenue entrance.

Information on audition requirements and the link to pre-register can be found online at MTVarts.com. All those cast will be required to sign a waiver to work with a live animal and flying. ZFX Flying Effects from Louisville, Ky., has been hired to facilitate theatrical flight. Performance rights obtained from Tams-Witmark: A Concord Theatricals Company. Those auditioning should also be available for call backs Saturday, April 13.

Bruce Jacklin and his artistic team, including Music Director Diane Dingler, Choreographers Laura Webster, Kristen Gloege, and Eryn Hollobaugh expect rehearsals to run weeknights (Monday-Thursday) and Saturday mornings. Performances will take place at the newly remodeled Knox County Memorial Building Theater July 6-14.

Keeping with the nationwide popularity of “Wicked, the Musical,” the film “Oz The Great and Powerful” and numerous steampunk versions on the Syfy channel, the audience is hungry for something “new yet familiar” says Director Jacklin. “With all the traditional characters, film dialogue and the MGM score, we are designing some spectacular visual elements with the costumes, set pieces, choreography and lighting. While presenting something familiar, yet new, we never lose the fact that ‘there’s no place like home.’”

For more information, visit MTVarts.com or follow MTVarts on Facebook.

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