Audition Announcement!


The Ritz Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for our 2019 Season Fall Production – The Wiz

Director: Kyrus Keenan Westcott

Choreographer: Devon Sinclair

Audition Dates: Monday, August 12, 2019, appointments start at 6:00 p.m.

Callbacks As Needed By Invitation Only: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Show Dates: October 31 – November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24 – Possible Student Matinee November 20th at 10:00 a.m.

We are actively seeking submissions from people of color who are strong singers/dancers/actors (Ages 17 and up) for our 2019 Season Fall production of The Wiz. Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Those auditioning will be asked to sing 32 bars of a musical theatre song, from or in the style of the show. The song should show off character, facial expression, physicality & range. No acapella singing or backing tracks permitted. The dance call will be held at callbacks. Please note that we cannot cast anyone with Tech Week or Performance conflicts as we do not cast understudies. Anyone wishing to audition should forward their headshot and resume to: David Mooney-Todd, Casting Director of The Ritz Theatre Company, via email at (must have The Wiz Submission in the subject line.) no later than Friday, August 9, 2019.

** Please note – ALL roles are open and pay a very small stipend!


A beloved Broadway gem, THE WIZ infuses L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel, and soul music. With music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and a book by William F. Brown, this musical is the urbanized retelling of the classic story in the context of African-American culture.

Character List


Female. Bright eyed & alive as can be, would rather remain a child as long as possible instead of accepting the responsibilities of adulthood.


Male. Tired of being a scarecrow & the prospect of not going anywhere. Embarks on the journey to see The Wiz in hopes he can provide him a brain.


Male. Human at one time, Lost all his limbs to a curse axe. Joins in the journey in hopes The Wiz will provide him a heart because “it isn’t enough to be good looking.”


Male. Travels around the jungle scaring people but has ” a yellow streak a mile wide.” Coward state stems from deeper mother issues * gets regular counseling from an owl. Joins in the journey to see The Wiz in hope to gain some courage.


Male or Female. All powerful leader over the land of Oz. Hides his/her true nature behind the facade of a temperamental leader, when in actuality it’s just an enigma.


Female. Wicked Witch of the West, Low-down evil. Not a kind bone in her body nor a kind thought in her rotten mind.


Female. Good Witch of the North, Has magic powers she refers to as ” doing tricks.” Her magic abilities don’t always pan out as well as she’d like them to.


Female. Good Witch of the South, Prettiest of all the witches. The wisest of all her sister’s.


Female. Dorothy’s Aunt. Life has not been easy for her & promises little else. Harsh towards Dorothy at times but acts out of love.


Male. Dorothy’s Uncle. Physically run down from years of hard work on the farm. Often acts as the voice of reason towards his wife, Aunt Em.


Male and Female. Must have Intermediate to Advanced training- Must be able to perform on-site routine by the choreographer.


Male and Female. Playing various (and vital roles) of other characters that Dorothy and her friends meet during their journey. Must be strong singers and movers.


Male and Female. Must be familiar with Gospel-Like Styles/Harmonies/ & tones.