Online bookings are now CLOSED.

Please email the office at npos@xtra.co.nz for an appointment time.

Production Team

Director:  Carolyn Murphy
Musical Director:  Christopher Luke
Choreographer:  Alannah Matthews
Production Manager:  Andy Spindler

Audition Dates

29 November – 1 December 2019

Audition Venue

New Plymouth Operatic Rooms
76 King Street, New Plymouth

Audition Information

WICKED tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz.

Long before Dorothy blew into town, there were two other girls kicking up a storm in the land of Oz. Galinda; blonde ambitious and very popular, and green-skinned Elphaba; neglected and misunderstood.

WICKED tells the story of these two mis-matched friends and how they become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED serves as a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, but turns the story on its head.

Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, it explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba.

The two main characters meet at University. By a misunderstanding, they end up as roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to care for each other and influence the other choices. These choices and their personal convictions take them on wildly different journeys.

The story pays homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing our understanding of it forever.

A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked explores contemporary moral dilemmas such as tolerance and prejudice, and political themes including media manipulation and government corruption.

It seamlessly integrates these modern socio-political themes with contemporary music and references to the Wizard of Oz to leave the audience spellbound.

WICKED effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.

Commitment to the Show

NPOS strives for the highest standard possible in our productions and this requires a substantial commitment from those involved, not just to attend rehearsals but to also spend the necessary time away from rehearsals revising music, lines and choreography.

By accepting a place in this production, cast members are committing to attend rehearsals as well as publicity appearances, photo shoots or media calls as required.

Prior Commitments

On the Audition Registration Form, there is a terms and conditions section that must be read carefully and accepted completed prior to auditioning.

Please list any commitments that may result in a disruption to the rehearsal or performance schedule.

Non-attendance at rehearsals is not permissible unless prior approval has been given.

Commitments not listed and approved prior to the first rehearsal may result in re-casting.

Membership & Social Media

All cast members are required to be financial members of New Plymouth Operatic for 2020.

All cast are required to agree and adhere to a social media policy.

All cast are required to complete a health & safety & medical questionnaire for your own safety during the WICKED season. This information will be treated in strictest confidence and will be destroyed following the production.

Online Registration is now CLOSED

Please email the office at npos@xtra.co.nz for an appointment time

Registration

Please ensure you complete the audition registration form and book an audition time using the online registration form.

Alternatively, download the Audition Pack including the registration form.

All auditionees are requested to provide a mug-shot photo attached to your audition registration form prior to audition day.

All auditions for cast will be on an unpaid/volunteer basis.

Eligibility

Minimum age for participation is 16 years at the time of Opening Night (18 June 2020). There are no children characters or roles in WICKED.

Pre-Audition Information Evening

Monday 28 October (Labour Day) at 5:30pm.
This informative evening takes place at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms, 76 King Street, New Plymouth.

Pre-Audition Dance/Movement Workshops

(Principal & Ensemble roles only)
It is strongly recommended you attend one or more of the dance/movement workshops. The dance routine which is required at your audition will be taught at these workshops.

Please wear suitable attire to both workshop and the audition.

You may wear dance shoes or sneakers. Sandals, socks or bare feet are NOT to be worn under any circumstances.

Video clips of the movement are now available online for reference.

Dance/Movement Workshops Schedule

Sunday 10 November at 7:30pm
Thursday 14 November at 7:00pm
Sunday 17 November at 4:00pm

All dance/movement workshops will take place upstairs at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms, 76 King Street, New Plymouth.

Principal Vocal Auditions

If you are auditioning for a Principal role, individual audition times will be allocated in 10 minute blocks.

Vocal auditions will be held on Friday 29 November and Saturday 30 November, upstairs at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms.

Book your audition now.

Principal Dance/Movement Auditions

If you are auditioning for a Principal role, you are required to attend a dance/movement audition.

Please note: The roles of Madame Morrible & Nessarose are not required for the dance/movement audition.

The dance/movement audition will be in the form of a 1hr group workshop with other Principal auditionees. It will be held on Sunday 1 December from 4pm-5pm, upstairs at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms.

Please wear suitable attire to the audition.

You may wear dance shoes or sneakers. Sandals, socks or bare feet are NOT to be worn under any circumstances.

Ensemble Vocal & Dance/Movement Auditions

Ensemble will be auditioned together in groups with the Backing Vocalist auditionees, in 30 minute blocks. The vocal audition requirements will be completed first, directly followed by a dance/movement audition.

Everyone auditioning for an on-stage role is required to stay for the dance/movement audition.

Ensemble auditions will be held on Friday 29 November and Saturday 30 November, upstairs at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms.

Book your audition now.

Please wear suitable attire to the audition.

You may wear dance shoes or sneakers. Sandals, socks or bare feet are NOT to be worn under any circumstances.

Backing Vocalist Auditions

Backing Vocalists will be auditioned together in groups with the Ensemble auditionees, in 30 minute blocks.

Backing vocalists are NOT required to stay for the dance/movement audition.

Backing vocalist auditions will be held on Friday 29 November and Saturday 30 November, upstairs at the New Plymouth Operatic Rooms.

Book your audition now.

Audition Day

The Audition Panel will be made up of the Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and a Board representative of NPOS.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your audition, allowing time for administration and adequate preparation.

Do not be offended if we don’t get you to sing all of your prepared vocals – it doesn’t mean you are not being considered.

Backing tracks, as per audition material, will be used for all WICKED auditions.

You CANNOT sing unaccompanied.

Auditions may be videoed by the Audition Panel for reference during the casting process. After the auditions these will be deleted.

Call Backs

Call backs will be held by appointment (if required).

Cast Announcement

Auditionees will be notified by email of the outcome of their audition as soon as possible following casting.

A full cast announcement will be subsequently made on the New Plymouth Operatic website and via our media channels.

First Rehearsal

Sunday 19 January 2020 at 5:00pm.
The first get together will be held on for introductions, rehearsal schedule, distribution of scripts and scores, costume measurements and general organisation.

Rehearsals

Monday & Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm
Sunday afternoon/evenings from 4-7pm

Rehearsals will be held at New Plymouth Operatic Rooms, 76 King St, New Plymouth. As we get closer to Opening Night, additional rehearsals may be scheduled. It must be understood that, at times, the rehearsal schedule will be subject to change.

Below represents the full performance schedule

All successful cast must ensure they are available for all of the below performances. The society expects the majority, if not all performances will be staged, even if all are not available for sale initially.

WICKED will be performed at the TSB Showplace, New Plymouth.

There are no performances scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Thursday 18 June 7:30pm
Friday 19 June 7:30pm
Saturday 20 June 7:30pm
Sunday 21 June 3:00pm
Wednesday 24 June 7:30pm
Thursday 25 June 7:30pm
Friday 26 June 7:30pm
Saturday 27 June 2:00pm
Saturday 27 June 7:30pm
Sunday 28 June 3:00pm
Wednesday 01 July 7:30pm
Thursday 02 July 7:30pm
Friday 03 July 7:30pm
Saturday 04 July 2:00pm
Saturday 04 July 7:30pm
Sunday 05 July 3:00pm
Wednesday 08 July 7.30pm
Thursday 09 July 7:30pm
Friday 10 July 7:30pm
Saturday 11 July 7:30pm

ACT ONE

No One Mourns the Wicked – Glinda & Citizens of Oz
Dear Old Shiz – Students
The Wizard and I – Madame Horrible, Elphaba
What is the Feeling? – Galinda, Elphaba & Students
Something Bad – Dr Dillamond & Elphaba
Dancing Through Life – Fiyero, Galinda, Boq, Nessarose, Elphaba & Students
Popular – Galinda
I’m Not That Girl – Elphaba
One Short Day – Elphaba, Galinda & Denizens of the Emerald City
A Sentimental Man – The Wizard
Defying Gravity – Elphaba, Galinda, Guards & Citizens of Oz

ACT TWO

No One Mourns the Wicked (Reprise) – Citizens of Oz
Thank Goodness – Glinda, Madame Morrible & Citizens of Oz
The Wicked Witch of the East – Elphaba, Nessarose & Boq
Wonderful – The Wizard & Elphaba
I’m Not That Girl – Glinda
As Long as You’re Mine – Elphaba & Fiyero
No Good Deed – Elphaba
March of the Witch Hunters – Boq & Citizens of Oz
For Good – Glinda & Elphaba
Finale – All

New Plymouth Operatic Society production of

Wicked

The untold story of the Witches of Oz

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire
Orchestrations by William David Brohn

Musical Arrangements by Alex Lacamoire & Stephen Oremus

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Principal Character Roles

Ensemble & Backing Vocalists