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Wizard of Oz auditions set to begin in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Following the success of last year’s musical production of “Annie,” Fort Kent Community High School educator and director Doug Clapp has selected another popular musical to bring to the stage, and he’s seeking actors of all ages to participate.

Auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” begin this week, with Clapp and vocal coach Samantha Boutot looking for people to fill the central roles, such as Dorothy, the Lion, Scarecrow, Tinman, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Oz himself. There also will be roles for multiple flying monkeys and singing trees.

The role of Toto may already be cast. Valley Rivers Middle School educator Kara Beal has a small Yorkie-poo dog whose name happens to be “Oz.” Beal has agreed to give Oz a chance to perform in the play. Last year’s performance of Annie also involved a live dog taking to the stage without incident.

Children in second-grade and up as well as adult community members are welcome to audition.  

“We’re expecting a really big cast.” Clapp said.

Tri-district band teacher Taylor Martin is helping out with the play and is working to have his Madawaska High School band perform the instrumentals to several of the songs.

“We’re so excited to do that,” Boutot said. “Even if it’s only a few pieces, it’s just going to be awesome.”

Clapp also has enlisted the help of experienced director and drama teacher Joe Zubrick, who will assist with the technical aspects of flying some of the children around the stage.

Wizard of Oz auditions for elementary students in grades 2-6 were scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in room 211 at Fort Kent Community High School. Middle school aged students will audition on Thursday at the same time and place, and high school students and adults, are welcome to audition at 6 p.m. next Monday, Sept. 17, at CHS.

“If you can’t make it to one of the auditions come to one of the others,” Clapp said. “We want to give everybody a chance.”

Performances of The Wizard of Oz will be on Dec. 6, 7, and 8.

“We expect it to be equally as successful as Annie,” Boutot said.

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