Open Auditions for THE WIZ JR.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is holding online auditions for a brand-new adaptation of THE WIZ JR., opening at the Taft Theatre in April 2022.

This audition is open to all people, ages, and talents. Whether you see yourself as a beginner who only sings in the shower and dances in the kitchen, or you’ve performed with them before, everyone is welcome on our stage. Show us what you’ve got for a chance to be a part of TCT’s modern telling of this beloved classic story.

This production will be directed by Zhailon Levingston, who is currently directing CHICKEN & BISCUITS on Broadway and has worked on productions of HADESTOWN and TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL.

TCT is the nation’s oldest children’s theatre. All roles are paid positions.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati believes the stories on our stages and the work we do behind the scenes must reflect the diverse communities we serve. We believe inclusive work cultures spark wide-ranging, exploratory conversations and learning. Therefore, we strongly welcome and encourage people from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities, religions, abilities, and ages to apply as we continue our commitment to diversity and build an inclusive environment at TCT.

Auditions are by online submission only. Submissions will close Friday, October 8th. Click here to submit your audition and learn more.

You MUST register online and include a YouTube link (marked as unlisted) in the registration. Upload a video of you singing a song from THE WIZ or a song in the style of THE WIZ. Your song should at least be 30 seconds in length, but no more than 1 minute and 30 seconds. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR VIDEO AUDITION. If you need to cancel or make changes, please follow the link in your registration email. Multiple slots for a single actor will be cancelled. You will need to register for a specific time which will be used for internal purposes only, DO NOT REPORT TO TCT IN PERSON.

You may be asked to return and attend a socially distanced in-person callback if you are being considered for a certain role. We will reach out directly to all auditionees we’d like to callback. Callbacks will be held Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10.

THE WIZ Adapted from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” By L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Additional Material by Tina Tippit. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls. Copyright 1975, 1979, 2006, 2010.

This Sixty-Minute Version of THE WIZ JR. was developed by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Deondra Kamau Means, Resident Artist.


Book: William F. Brown

Music & Lyrics: Charlie Smalls

Additional Material: Tina Tippit

Adaptation: Deondra Kamau Means

Directed by: Zhailon Levingston

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. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-friendly, and modern musical.

Rehearsals: February 28 – March 26, 2022 Mon-Thur: 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat: 10AM – 4PM

Tech in the Taft Theatre: March 30 – April 1, 2022

Performances: April 2 – 11, 2022

Morning and Afternoon performances during school days. Morning, afternoon and evening performances Friday-Sunday.

Click here to see a list of open roles. 

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