Auditions for Little Mountain Community Theatre’s inaugural main stage production of The Wizard of Oz have been slated for early next week, and theatre lovers ages 10 to 110 are encouraged to follow the yellow brick road and be a part of the fun.
The auditions will be held June 2 and 3 at 5 p.m. in the Lemont High School Performing Arts Center, 800 Porter Street, Lemont. Performances will take place July 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and July 20 at 2 p.m. in the LHS PAC.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for community members near and far, of all ages and abilities to experience the fun of performing on stage,” said Sandy Doebert, President of the LMCT Board of Directors. “Entire families, even multiple generations, can enjoy this show as both performers and audience members! There's something for everyone!”
Audition details and required paperwork are available at www.littlemountaintheatre.org under the Coming Soon tab. Those auditioning will be asked to prepare a brief excerpt from the script and perform 16 to 32 measures of a Broadway-style song. During the audition they will be taught a brief dance sequence to perform in groups.
Later in June the group will hold auditions for the part of Dorothy’s furry friend Toto. Details coming soon.
Doebert said the LHS Performing Arts Center provides the perfect setting for the show we all know and love.
“The evil witch will frighten us and the good witch will remind us that there is no place like home,” she said. “The show will be brought to life by the wonders of the theatre technology available, the professional staff that will create and produce it, and of course amazing local talent!”
If being in the spotlight is not your thing, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with LMCT programs as a volunteer or sponsor. Check out the website under Get Involved for more information.
The Wizard of Oz is one of three programs LMCT is offering during the summer of 2014.
Other programs include an Acting Workshop for children entering grades 2 through 7 to be held June 16 through 27 at the LHS PAC. The workshop will culminate with a final performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. for a live audience. The workshop is currently filled, but waiting list applications are being accepted.
Also planned is a weeklong Super Hero Camp for individuals with special needs in partnership with an organization called Artful IMPACT! The camp will be held July 7 through 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the LHS PAC. Participants will spend the week focusing on the specific powers or traits of a super hero by rotating through workshops such as Stunt Double, Light Saber Duel, and Kapow! The Comic Book Experience. They will also get the chance to fly like Superman and scale the walls like Spiderman and Catwoman. Cost is $300. Registration deadline for this camp is June 15 with applications accepted via mail through Artful IMPACT! Details and required paperwork can be found online at the LMCT website under the Education tab.
LMCT was founded in late 2013 by a group of dedicated residents and experienced theatre professionals with a mission to educate individuals of all ages and abilities, to entertain audiences, and to enrich Lemont and the surrounding communities with the presence of live theatre. The group’s name comes from the translation of the French words Le Mont which mean “the mountain”.