A Message from the Director

Dear Ozians,
CONGRATULATIONS to all of The Wizard of Oz cast and production team! We have made it past the half way mark and we now have 2 weeks off from attending formal rehearsals. However, Jenelle and Merrin will more than likely run a music and choreography call sometime during the holidays in order to keep the standard high…this will be announced on this page and on the Facebook page. Although there are no formal rehearsals scheduled, I have an expectation that all cast will continue to rehearse in their own time to ensure the production quality remains high and everyone is well prepared for when we return to our normal rehearsal schedule. Scripts will no longer be allowed in the performance space, so please use this time to go over your lines, music, harmonies and blocking. I say this because I truly believe our cast is exceptional and the quality I’m seeing at each rehearsal is incredible. Each and everyone of you are creating something very special and I sincerely appreciate your dedication, time, smiles and laughter and of course commitment! I am away in London from this Saturday until October 10th where I will continue my own professional development in theatre and performing arts and bring back knowledge to share and give. As soon as I am back we will be running the show over and over, perfecting scenes, choreography, vocals and dramatic elements to ensure you all look 150% on that stage! Your next rehearsal is Sunday 28th September where you will be photographed for the program. Your biography will be due by this date also – info about writing your biography will be posted here this week. Please ensure your check both the website and Facebook page for any added, extra rehearsals that Merrin or Jenelle hold – these are for your own benefit.
Once again, I am so very grateful for all that you’re putting in and you make rehearsing this technically massive show a dream!
I will miss seeing your enthusiasm and smiles for the next couple of weeks, however I will keep you updated from London!
Take care everyone and see you very soon!
Tyson

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Rehearsal Changes – Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th September

Fellow Ozians,
Please note the following changes to our rehearsal schedule for Monday 15th September and Wednesday 17th September, 2014:
MONDAY 15th (SCRIPTS DOWN)
6:00pm – 8:00pm in Annex – All Junior Ensemble – Merry Old Land of Oz
6:00pm sharp – 10:30pm in Hall – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Witch, Nikko, Tenneil, Ben May and Winkies. – Act 2 Scenes 5, 7, 8 Revision.
Act 2 Scenes 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Blocking and Direction – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Aunt Em, Witch, Winkies, Wizard, Oz Guard (Uncle Henry).
8:00pm – 10:30pm in Annex – All Senior Ensemble – Merry Old Land of Oz.
WEDNESDAY 17th
7:00pm – 10:30pm in Hall – All Principals and Senior Ensemble – Merry Old Land of Oz.
Meryl and Lyndel please bring your tap shoes to all Merry Old Land of Oz rehearsals.
This is our last week of rehearsals before our mid-producion vacation and we still have lots to do. Please ensure you are on time and I look forward to seeing you all next week!
You wil also receive information on writing and submitting your cast biography for the program.
Thanks again for all the hard work you’re putting in! It is much appreciated and the more work we do now, the more polished our show will look!
Cheers,
Tyson

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Tri-monthly meeting

Hi folks

Sorry for the late notice but there is a tri-monthly meeting at 7:30pm in the School of Arts foyer tomorrow evening (9 Sep)

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September Rehearsal Schedule

Ladies and Gentleman of the Company of The Wizard of Oz,
Please find attached a comprehensive Rehearsal Schedule commencing from September 3rd until September 29th. Please go through this schedule and reserve all dates that you are required. As this is such a complex show, we really do need to comply with this schedule and as you will see, we have a lot to get through. Punctuality at all rehearsals would be greatly appreciated and to avoid running over time. Each and everyone of our cast members brings something special and unique to this production and I look forward to working with you all. A rehearsal schedule for the month of October will follow in the next few weeks. Once again, thank you for your commitment and dedication to this production and of course your talent. Cheers!
Tyson – Director
The Wizard of Oz Rehearsal Schedule Ver 1 September 29 PDF

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Rehearsal Information: Wednesday 3 September, 2014

7:00pm – 7:30pm – Lion Scene – Lion ,Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow

7:30pm – 10:30pm – ACT 2 Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4. Wizard , Oz Guard , Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion.

Please be advised we have needed to change the rehearsal schedule due to Act 1 revision. The updated rehearsal schedule will be published today. 

Thanks everyone!!

Tyson 

 

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Rehearsal Information – Monday 1st September

Rehearsal Information: Monday 1st September, 2014.

Consolidation and Perfecting Rehearsal

6:00pm – 8:00pm – All Junior Ensemble and All Munchkins.
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Dorothy and Glinda – Munchkinland, Witch.

7:00pm – 8:30pm – ALL Senior Ensemble and Principals – Act One Revision.

8:30pm onwards – All Principals – entire Kansas sequence. Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion Scenes and Poppies.

We will work solidly tonight to ensure all direction, movement and blocking is at a high performance standard..please be prepared!

After a creative meeting this afternoon, we will finalise the entire rehearsal schedule for September and post it on this page and also the website. This will happen today.

Thank you all so much!

Looking forward to seeing you all tonight!

Cheers,
Tyson

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I’m green!

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Find the Wizard of Oz performer in this Southern Stars photo

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Sunday Rehearsal Information

Dear Ozians,

firstly I just wanted to say that I am continually impressed with what I am seeing at rehearsals! The enthusiasm and commitment that you’re displaying is very uplifting and reassuring! You are all aiming high and this is truly evident!! Commitment, dedication and preparation is the key to a successful, slick and professional show…I think you all have it!!!!

Just a freindly reminder that we have our first SUNDAY REHEARSAL this weekend (31/8/14). Please arrive no later than 1:45pm to ensure we start promptly at 2pm. We ask that you please warm up before you arrive and when you are waiting to begin.

We are planning to run ACT ONE this Sunday. It will of course be a little rough and we do understand, however we have been through every scene except the Poppy scene. So with this in mind, it is imperative that everyone attend and please revise your dialogue, blocking, choreography and vocal parts. I am wanting it to be a ‘Performed Rehearsal’ – meaning as full out as possible!

Once we have completed the run, we will then concentrate on finishing a few scenes and of course fixing any areas of concern.

- The Poppies Scene – Act One Scene 13 will be blocked and choreographed.
- The Finale will be learnt – please bring your recorders and scores so practice at home can happen.
- Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion scenes (including all crows and trees). Going over blocking, direction and music.
- Other areas that require revising.

As you can see we have a big day as the Junior Ensemble will be with us for the duration also.

This also includes all pit singers!

Happy practising and I thank you all so much! You are all a joy to work with and more importantly amazing, genuine and inspiring human beings! You all inspire me each week!!

See you all Sunday!

Cheers,
Tyson

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Rehearsal Update – Wednesday August 27th

Fellow Ozians,
Please note the following changes to our rehearsal schedule for Wednesday 27th August, 2014:
7:15pm – 8:30pm – ‘Jitterbug’ – Revising all choreography, whilst singing and blocking of entire scene including dialogue from principals at the beginning. All principals and ensemble in this scene will be required. Dancers, please bring your tap shoes.

8:30pm – Act One, Scenes 8 – 12 (Dorothy, Scarecrow, all crows, Tinman, all trees, Lion, Wicked Witch) – Revising all blocking and directions in detail with music. Then running all scenes together.

Act One, Scene 13 – ‘Poppies’ – Wicked Witch, Glinda, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion and Poppies (Bec, Cat, Zeke, Rahni, Maddie and Matt). Revisiting the scene with music from Merrin. Blocking and dramatic elements.

Please come prepared and revise the blocking of each scene prior to rehearsal.

Once again, I thank you all so much for your continued enthusiasm and dedication. You will all look magical when you hit the stage in November!!

Thank you!
Tyson

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