By James Grob, firstname.lastname@example.org
The roles have been cast.
Olivia Wolfe will be Dorothy.
Ruby Peterson, Jeff Kellogg and Mike Lembke will be the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion.
And Sherri Niles just might knock your socks off as the Wicked Witch.
Over 60 individuals of all ages — some newcomers to the stage, others seasoned theatre performers — came to auditions for the Stony Point Players’ upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, and the longtime Charles City-based theatre group announced those who earned principal and supporting roles this week.
Scarlett Woodard edged out some tough competition from Boomer Lundberg to earn the role of Toto, Dorothy’s dog, one of the production’s most coveted roles.
Rehearsals will start for the main characters next week. The players had a read-through this past Monday, and many were measured for costumes.
Performance dates for The Wizard of Oz will be June 30 and July 1 and 2 at the North Grand Building and Auditorium.
Two nights of auditions were held at the Charles City High School choir room earlier this month. Some who couldn’t be there auditioned with the directors privately, and there was even one actor who auditioned from thousands of miles away, via internet video.
It’s been about five years since the Stony Point Players have put on a show. Named for Stony Point Road, the location of a barn where the group performed in 1968, the Stony Point Players have been a community theater group in Charles City since the 1960s. In 1967, the group converted a hayloft on Highway 18 into a stage and acted there until the space was condemned by fire inspectors. After that, the Players moved from place to place, using a social hall, company auditorium, the Charles Theartre and the middle school stage as locations for their productions.
Now the Players will be back in action at North Grand. The familiar stage musical is based on the 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It starred Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
In addition to the principal and supporting roles, about a dozen actors have been cast to play the roles of Trees, Crows, Winkies and Jitterbugs; and more than 40 third and fourth graders have been cast to play the roles of Munchkins.
The show will feature a student chorus of about 25 singers and an adult chorus of more than 15. Jessica Hyde, Sue Davis and Barb Wohlers will lend their voices as pit singers.
Musical Director Derek Sturtevant is currently assembling the live orchestra. Melanie Johanningmeier will be piano accompanist.
The Wizard of Oz is being directed by Michelle Grob. Ryan Wolfe is student director.
THE WIZARD OF OZ CAST
DOROTHY — Olivia Wolfe
SCARECROW — Ruby Peterson
TIN MAN — Jeff Kellogg
COWARDLY LION — Mike Lembke
GLINDA, THE GOOD WITCH— Lynn Bauer
WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST — Sherri Niles
TOTO — Scarlett Woodard
AUNTIE EM — Yvonne Kisch
UNCLE HENRY — Chris Baldus
ZEKE — James Severin
HICKORY — Stu Coulson
HUNK — Bill Wolfe
MISS GULCH — Marcia DeVore
PROFESSOR MARVEL — Justin DeVore
EMERALD CITY GUARD — Erik Gordon
WINKIE GUARD — John Perez
THE WIZARD OF OZ — James Grob