Jr. Company Wizard of Oz
We are excited to share details of our Wizard of Oz production. Since March we have consulted with industry experts and have pulled together a team of professionals that have created a robust, fun, interactive online and offline experience. Our three-week production will lead to a broadcast performance of The Wizard of Oz dedicated and shown to our area’s first responders.
Performers capped at 20 will be working with a staff of ten including a professional director, choreographer, music director, film editor (who is also a professional musical director/vocal coach), broadcast executive, and professionally focused college interns including a costume designer, stage manager, and three acting coaches. Biographies below.
Each actor will receive a 30-minute private voice lesson before or during the first week of production. Additionally, each actor will be individually coached and interviewed so they can be featured online leading up to The Wizard of OZ broadcast.
Beyond developing each actor during the rehearsal and broadcast process, we have created a series of enhancement workshops that will strengthen the participant's skills.
Acting Technique - We will touch on different acting methods such as Stanislavski and Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture as we approach the incredibly creative characters in this timeless story. The students will explore how to dive into the text to find clues and how to physicalize their movements to help their characters come alive.
Prop Design - The students will get to work with a prop designer to see how to creatively build some of their own props for the show.
Set Design - Customizing individual space to enhance the production.
Professional Makeup - Working with a professional, the students will examine different types of make-up design, from corrective to creative. They will learn the skills to do their own make-up for their performance.
Choreography - The students will receive insight into the different approaches choreographers take to create movement and dance, how to decide what style of dance to utilize, and how those choices help or hinder in telling the overall story of the musical. Vocal Technique - Working with a professional voice coach, the students will get a one on one session focusing on the individual student’s needs and talents.
On-Camera - We will be training students (family members are welcome) on best practices while recording, including how to properly frame, light and check audio before submitting digital footage.
Interviewing Skills - Actors will learn on-camera interviewing and have the opportunity to work in teams with other performers and instructors to craft their messaging for their promotional video.
Additionally, participants will receive a production kit containing various items that will be used during the workshops and final broadcast. We will also be sending families a list of everyday items that will be needed as well.
Jr. Company will be utilizing Zoom and we have mastered the technology of creating breakout rooms where performers will work with scene partners, and receive one-on-one coaching from our instructors. Additionally, actors will be given assignments away from Zoom that include set and prop design, and additional creative projects.
Jr. Company will be in production Monday - Friday July 13-31st with rehearsals, workshops, and tapings running from 2:00-5:00.
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