Wizard of Oz Audition Information

Audition dates: August 30th or 31st.  Location: 4 East Third Avenue, Lexington 27292.  Auditions are open to 2nd through 12th grade.

We will have a callbacks on Thursday, September 2nd.

Show Dates: November 5th, 6th, 7th

Please download the following forms and fill them out before auditions. You must bring these forms with you. All forms are PDFs.  Bring a head shot, Wear comfortable clothing and come prepared with a 16 measure vocal piece
Here are a few tips to help your audition go smooth.
*Your music piece should be no more than sixteen bars of a piece that shows your range. (Pick the best part of the song. You don’t have to start at the beginning.) Music only on CD, no words. No sheet music.
*Dance auditions will be taught! Please wear appropriate clothes and shoes.
*Acquaint yourself with the show- watch the movie, check the Internet, or YouTube. Be informed!! You will be confident and have a better audition.
*If doing a resume (not required) Make sure your resume is up to date and have a headshot that looks like YOU! Your resume should be one page, and your headshot should be attached and look professional. That is the first thing a director sees. Make a good impression.
*BE ON TIME!!! Sign-in starts at 3:30 must be signed in by 5:30. Bring all necessary audition forms with a headshot. ( Forms can be found on LYT website.)
Dress appropriately!
*Look and act confident as you walk in the room. Keep your shoulders back, walk tall, head held high. As you take your position center stage, smile, address the directors with “Good Afternoon” or “Hello” and announce your name. Take a deep breath just before you sing your first note. Begin! You should know your music!!! If you forget your words, breeze over it, keep going – finish with a smile and a thank you and leave with confidence.
*Do not have gum or a throat lozenge in your mouth. Sing with expression. Don’t overdo hand or arm motions or try to dance. Don’t grab your clothes or play with your fingers or hands. Just SING. Use your technique that you have learned and do the best you can.
*After your audition, smile, and say thank you! Present a good attitude. Accept any part you are offered as an opportunity to grow and learn.
*The audition process is a great learning and growing process for youth.
*You will do an AWESOME JOB!
LYT is EXCITED to welcome Bobby Bodford (Director), Wes Richardson (Music Director), and Monica Walser (Choreographer).Meet our Directors

Bobby Bodford (Director/Playwright) Bobby has been directing in the area since 1992. He directed Grease, Wizard of Oz, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, and The Christmas Carol for LYT. His other productions including, The Producers, 13 the Musical, Young Frankenstein for CTG; Seussical the Musical, Guys and Dolls, Sound of Music for High Point Community Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof, The Odd Couple, and Jekyll and Hyde for WS Little Theatre; Legally Blond, 9 to 5 and Cinderella for the Andy Griffith Playhouse; Harvey and Smoke on the Mountain for KLT and many others. He has written several original youth comedies, including The Best Western Melodrama Ever, Mystery @ Sunset, and adaptations of Robin Hood, Treasure Island, and A Children’s Christmas Carol. He currently operates a production company called Adventures in Theatre with his wife Nicole, which conducts Summer Theatre Camps at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro and Castle McCulloch in Jamestown.

Wes Richardson is the current Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Lexington and director of bands at Central Davidson Middle School in Lexington, NC. He graduated with a B.M. in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently serving as the North Carolina Honors Band 9-10 Clinic Chair. Richardson has held several positions as the brass tech across the Davidson, Guilford, and Randolph Counties, as well as participated in the U.S. Army’s All American Marching Band in 2009. He has served as the UNCG Pep Band’s student conductor and librarian, as well as the Music Director and President of UNCG’s Iota Epsilon chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Richardson has also performed with the UNCG Wind Ensemble for several years, playing at the American Band Master’s Association and the Collegiate Band Director’s National Conference in 2013. He has also conducted several musicals in the past five years with the Davidson County Summer Youth Theater Program in Lexington, NC. Richardson’s bands have garnered three superior ratings in both Grade III and Grade IV since his tenure as director of bands at Central Davidson.
Monica Walser grew up studying Ballet and Tap under Suzy Sheets at Sheets Dance Academy. She also cheered for West Davidson High School, where she competed and won several first-place awards at the District and State levels. She continued her dance studies in Charlotte at CPCC. Monica then came back to Lexington and retook classes, and started teaching at SDA while working full-time.
Monica now choreographs for Lexington Youth Theatre and teaches Ballet at CMDM, and has had the privilege of being a guest choreographer, speaker, and judge for other dance events. Her passion is teaching dance to students and watching them grow in their technique and shine on stage.
Monica has been married for 22 years and homeschools her eight-year-old son. In her spare time, she reads, quilts, and dances in her ‘dance room.’