The RPL Homeschool Theatre Production Program provides full theatre production opportunities for homeschooled kids of all ages. The RPL Homeschool Theatre Program is open to all RPL Members. Read about Membership, here.
The Wizard of Songz is an exciting new musical being developed specifically for Read Play Love! We will be producing two homeschool productions of The Wizard of Songz - the Mainstage production and a Junior version!
About the Mainstage Production The Mainstage show is being developed specifically for Read Play Love, based on the book The Wizard of Oz, and incorporating music of all genres (from the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond) to tell the story and create fully-developed, dynamic characters.
About the Jr Version We also will be producing a junior version- an abbreviated version for kids who are younger and those who would benefit from shorter rehearsal time and a shorter length show with potentially more showcase opportunities. We will be adapting the show so that younger kids can work on specific characters and have their moment to be in lead roles…offering these homeschool kids a unique opportunity not typically available to young kiddos.
There are also roles for all ages in the Mainstage show, so your family has the option of auditioning for the Mainstage show, or the Jr. show. Your decision can be based on rehearsal schedule (see below) or on your family’s preference, as both experiences offer great benefits to the kids. If you have questions about which production is the right fit for your child, you are welcomed to reach out to us with your questions.
Production Dates and Details
Rehearsals are Mondays and Fridays, 3:30-5:30. Not everyone will be called all the time, and the rehearsal schedule will be set ahead of time. The first rehearsal is Friday January 15.
Some solo principle rehearsals will sometimes take place 3:00-3:30, varying week to week.
Dress/Tech rehearsals are:
Mon March 28 3:30-5:30
Friday April 1, 3:30-6:30
Monday April 4, 3:30-5:30
Wednesday April 6, 3:30-5:30
Friday April 8, 7pm
Saturday April 9, 7pm
Homeschool Matinee, Monday April 11, 2pm
Rehearsals are Mondays and Fridays, 2:00-2:50. 1 rehearsal per week through late March is the aim (the day of the week will depend on the role.) The first rehearsal is Friday January 15.
Dress rehearsals are:
Friday April 1, 1:00-3:00
Monday April 4, 1:00-3:00
Friday 8, 1:00-3:00
Saturday April 9, 3pm
Sunday April 10, 7 pm
Homeschool Matinee, Friday April 15, 2pm
Audition Information & Sign Up
Auditions are Friday January 8 at Read Play Love, starting at 1:00pm. Sign up for a timeslot and be prepared to arrive 15 mins earlier and stay for 1 hour beyond your timeslot, if necessary. Sign up for your Audition Slot on this form.
Video audition details: If you can't attend auditions on the 8th, a simple smartphone video is just fine - to transfer it to me, I recommend using http://wetransfer.com and send to email@example.com -- which is a free service and easy to upload a video. If you plan to send a video, please go ahead and fill out this form and select the option at the top of the form, for Video Audition. Though not required, even if you plan to audition live, you are welcome to also submit a video.
Some callbacks may be held on Monday, January 11, from 2:00-4:00. If you are requested for a callback, you will be notified by Saturday Jan 9.
Audition Material: Our preference is for you to learn one or two of the songs on the suggested song list. However, singing a song from the list is not required, and kids are welcome to sing any song of their choice.
If you would like to receive the suggested song list, with links to learn the songs, you can request it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
OR...not sure yet? Audition Interest Sign Up: If you might be interested in auditions, please fill out this online form at http://goo.gl/forms/FV3M2iWVlo so that we can communicate with you directly regarding schedule dates and suggestions to get the most out of the audition experience.
* All kids participating in the RPL Homeschool Theatre Program are current RPL Members. Monthly dues are still just $30/month for one child, and now for those with more than one child, $60/month covers the entire family—unlimited classes and kids! Read details about Read Play Love Membership below.
* There is a one time production fee of $30/child.
* Costume costs are the responsibility of parents, and vary per role, but parents work together to decide and make everything as easy and most importantly, cost-effective as possible, often using shared, donated, or secondhand materials to keep costs minimum.
Above all, this is a 100% a volunteer effort, with all the parents work together to support the production, volunteering in a variety of capacities. This allows us to put on the shows for much less than it costs parents elsewhere since these productions truly are collaborative efforts from the whole community!
RPL Membership information: Members get unlimited access to all RPL classes, lending privileges of our 10,000 book children’s library, play centers, the theatre company, and family events.
Monthly dues are still just $30/month for one child, and now for those with more than one child, $60/month covers the entire family—unlimited classes and kids! (Language classes $4 extra)
Roles to be Cast
The source material for the show we are writing is from the original novel by L. Frank Baum, rather than the MGM film. We are excited to develop some of these lesser-known characters with our own twists, to allow all of the actors a chance to shine!
Roles to be cast include:
The Gale Family Dorothy - the young girl who goes on a journey to find her way home after a cyclone transports her to Oz Aunt Em - a tired, misunderstood, woman who loves Dorothy but doesn't understand her 's spirit and spunk Uncle Henry - a hardworking man who provides for his family Toto the dog - Dorothy's canine companion throughout her adventures
Dorothy's Companions Scarecrow - Rescued by Dorothy, his greatest wish is to ask the Wizard for brains Tin Woodman - Dorothy's companion who desires a heart from the Wizard of Oz. Cowardly Lion - The Lion who believes he has no courage; like the other companions, he proves himself to already have that which he seeks.
The Witches The Wicked Witch of the East - the original owner of the magical silver slippers (in our production, she doesn't die in the cyclone but plays an important role in the dynamic among the 4 witches) The Wicked Witch of the West - the bitter antagonist who resents Dorothy and her companions and uses her wrath and fury to get rid of them, but comes to a powerful revelation at the end The Witch of of the North - The kind witch who is the first to welcome Dorothy into Munchkinland. Glinda, the Witch of the South - In the book, Glinda is the final helper that Dorothy meets, who helps Dorothy go home to Kansas.
Oz Characters The Wizard of Oz - The mystical sorcerer (who is actually just an everyday man, living an illusion) The Munchkins - small people who live in one village in Oz; the first creatures Dorothy encounters on her journey The Munchkin Maiden - the Munchkin once betrothed to the Tin Woodman Boq - the leader of the Munchkin Queen of the Field Mice - A tiny but proud queen who rescues the Lion from the field of deadly poppies The Green Girl - the beautiful young girl who helps Dorothy and welcomes her to Emerald City The China Princess - A girl made of China who wants to break free from the expectation of merely being pretty on the shelf Mr. Joker -A clown made of China, who learns to respect Dorothy even though she is different Gayelette - A beautiful and powerful princess and sorceress who made a clever deal with the Monkeys Quelala - Gayelette's betrothed, whose story of almost drowning in the river is the origination of the Golden Cap's magic The Winkies - The minions of the Wicked Witch of the West The Winged Monkeys -The flying monkeys who inhabit Oz and cause mischief The King of the Monkeys - the leader of the Monkeys