Open auditions for Cincinnati’s children’s theater production of THE WIZ JR announced.

Cincinnati Children’s Theater is holding online auctions for a brand new adaptation of THE WIZ JR., Which opens at the Taft Theater in April 2022.

This audition is open to all people, ages and talents. Whether you see yourself as a beginner who only sings in the shower and dances in the kitchen, or has performed with them before, everyone is welcome on their stage. Show them what you have to do with TCT’s modern narration of this beloved classic story.

This production is directed by Zhailon Levingston, who is currently directing CHICKEN & BISCUITS on Broadway and has worked on productions for HADESTOWN and TINA: THE Tina Turner MUSICAL.

TCT is the oldest children’s theater in the country. All roles are paid positions.

Cincinnati Children’s Theater believes that the stories on their stages and the work they do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities they serve. They believe that inclusive work cultures trigger wide-ranging, exploratory discussions and learning. Therefore, they strongly welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, religions, skills and ages to apply as they continue their commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

Auditions are only possible via online submission. The submission deadline is Friday, October 8th.

To submit your audition and learn more, please visit:

You MUST register online and include a YouTube link (marked as not listed) in the registration. Upload a video singing a THE WIZ song or a THE WIZ style song. Your song should be at least 30 seconds long, but no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR VIDEO AUDITION. If you need to cancel or make changes, please follow the link in your registration email. Multiple slots for a single actor will be canceled. You have to register for a certain period of time which is only used for internal purposes. DO NOT REPORT TO TCT PERSONALLY.

If you are considered for a particular position, you may be asked to return and attend a personal, social distancing callback. They will reach out directly to any auditors we’d like to call back. Callbacks will take place on Saturday October 9th and Sunday October 10th.

THE WIZ Adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Additional material from Tina Tippit. Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Copyright 1975, 1979, 2006, 2010.

This 60 minute version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by Cincinnati Children’s Theater, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist.


Book: William F. Brown

Music & Text: Charlie Smalls

Additional material: Tina Tippit

Adaptation: Deondra Kamau means

Directed by Zhailon Levingston

The Wiz is a popular Broadway gem and imbues L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures across the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, modern musical.

Rehearsals: February 28 – March 26, 2022 Mon-Thu: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tech at the Taft Theater: March 30th – April 1st, 2022
(Day / evening time)

Performances: April 2-11, 2022

Morning and afternoon performances during school hours. Morning, afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday.

AUNT EM: Feminine identification, Dorothy’s aunt. Life has not made it easy for her and otherwise makes little promises. Sometimes tough on Dorothy, but acts out of love.

DOROTHY: Feminine identification, sparkling eyes and as alive as possible. Prefer to stay a child for as long as possible instead of taking on the responsibility of being an adult.

UNCLE HENRY: Male identification, Dorothy’s uncle. Physically shabby from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason to Aunt Em.

ADDAPERLE: Any gender, any age, good witch of the north. Has magical powers they call “performing tricks”. Their magical abilities do not always unfold as they would like.

SCARECROW: Any gender, any age, tired of being a scarecrow and the prospect of nowhere to go. Goes on a journey to see The Wiz in hopes that they can provide a brain.

TIN MAN: Any gender, any age, one person at a time. Lost all of her limbs to a cursed ax. Participates in the journey in the hope that The Wiz will give them a heart because “looking good is not enough”.

LION: Any gender, any age, travels the jungle and scares people, but has “a yellow stripe that is a mile wide”. The cowardice state comes from deeper mother problems and gets. Take the trip to The Wiz for some courage.

THE WIZ: Any gender, any age, almighty leader over the land of Oz. Hides their true nature behind the facade of a spirited leader. Your real identity is a mystery.

EVILLENE: Any gender, any age, wicked witch of the west. Low evil. No kind bone in her body, no kind thought in her rotten mind.

GLINDA: Any gender, any age, good witch of the south. The most beautiful of all witches. Very wise in show business.

ENSEMBLE: A group of adults, teens, and children who play a wide variety of characters and features, including Munchkins, Citizens of Oz, Gatekeepers, Lord High Underling, Winged Monkeys, and lead roles. I am looking for extremely strong and versatile dancers, singers, actors. Tumbling and tapping ability a HUGE plus.

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