Kelsey Casting Call: “The Boy From Oz”


Forté Dramatic Productions have announced auditions for their 2017 Kelsey Theatre production of The Boy From Oz, opening in May 2017 at The Kelsey Theatre. Wanna audition? Good! Here is everything you need to know!

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This is a non-union, non-paid production.

About the Show

This sensational musical tells the exuberant, heart-warming true story of singer/songwriter Peter Allen, whose young life is marred by an abusive father, but whose will to perform proves stronger. Through sheer talent and some luck, Allen ends up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be-famous daughter, Liza. Forte Dramatic Productions in association with Pierrot Productions brings us a musical tale filled with hits like “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “Love Don’t Need a Reason,” “Everything Old is New Again” and “I Go to Rio.”

Audition Dates

Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre. (On the campus of Mercer County Community College – 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ)

  • Friday, February 10th from 7pm-9pm
  • Saturday, February 11th from 12pm-3pm
  • CALLBACKS (if necessary): Sunday, February 12th (Time TBD)

Production Company & Creative Team

  • Presented by Forté Dramatic Productions
  • Directed by John Zimmerman
  • Choreographed by Koren Zander
  • Music Direction by Aimee Jeanne

Performance Dates & Location

  • All performances will take place inside The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • Performance Dates:
    • Friday, May 12th at 8pm
    • Saturday, May 13th at 8pm
    • Sunday, May 14th at 2pm
    • Friday, May 19th at 8pm
    • Saturday, May 20th at 8pm
    • Sunday, May 21st at 2pm

Rehearsal Information

  • Questions about rehearsals should be directed toward Stephanie A. Zimmerman (215-840-2973)

How To Sign-up

Audition Prep

  • Please Note: All those auditioning must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Prepare a short song highlighting your vocal and acting abilities.
  • Those auditioning for Peter, Liza, or dance ensemble should be prepared to dance in proper attire.
  • DANCE SHOES: Women in character heels. Men in jazz/character shoes. Bring tap shoes.
  • Not looking for celebrity impersonators.
    • “While we would love for Peter, Judy, and Liza to “look” the part, it is much more important that the performer convey the spirit of the role than it is to do an impression.”


All roles available.

  • Peter Allen (ages 20’s-early 40’s): A “star turn” that will showcase the amazing talents of one lucky actor. Must be able to sing, dance (tap), act, and charm the hell out of the audience. Ability to play the piano is a plus, but not a requirement. This performer must be comfortable playing romantic scenes with both men and women.
  • Young Peter Allen (ages 8-12): Must be able to play around age 10. A junior tap dancer. Strong singing and dancing required PLEASE NOTE: Auditions will be selected from the resumes of those submitted by the time of auditions and will be by invitation for Sunday, February 12th in the early afternoon. You will be asked to dance and sing a selected song from the show.
  • Judy Garland (ages 30’s-50’s): A legend at the end of her career and lifetime. A fantastic singer who can handle some lighter choreography and a few challenging acting moments.
  • Marion Woolnough (ages 40’s and up): Salt of the earth and mother to Peter Allen. Please prepare a power ballad (high belt) in a similar style to “Don’t Cry Out Loud.”
  • Liza Minnelli (ages 20’s-30’s): A critical role that cannot be overshadowed by Peter or Judy, Liza is a powerhouse in her own right and a singing and dancing dynamo. This is Liza at the height of her theatrical ability and as such should command the stage when performing and appear vulnerable and endearing when in scenes. Please prepare a short song to showcase your vocal and acting ability and come prepared to dance.
  • Greg Connell (ages 20’s-40’s): Baritone pop. Peter Allen’s lover, professional and put together, attractive/male model. Singing and dancing required.
  • Dee Anthony (ages 40’s and up): Peter Allen’s US agent. (singing role, light choreography)
  • Dick Woolnough (ages 40’s and up): Peter Allen’s alcoholic father.
  • Chris Bell (ages 20’s): Young song writer and member of the Allen Brothers. Double as ensemble. Strong singing and dancing required.
  • Back-up Singers… (ages 20’s-40’s) A group of talented vocalists who act as part of the “act” singing back-ups and doing light “chairography.” Must sing harmonies well.
  • Dance Ensemble (ages 20’s-30’s) The various performers who appear on-stage with Peter throughout his life and take on a variety of roles. Must tap!

How To Sign-up


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