The Wizard of Oz

Audition Help Needed

I am looking for volunteers to help Wizard of Oz auditions run smoothly. Please email me at if you are able to help out with any positions listed below.  Descriptions are at the end. Thank you!


Audition Volunteers:  Friday October 6th, Cascade Park Baptist Church, 1201 SE 136th Ave, Vancouver.

        4:45 – 6:00       5:45 – 7:00            4:45 – 7:00       6:45 – 9:00
Greeter    Judy Walter    Judy Walter   Door Monitor    
Registration Table      Sarah Jenkins   Music    
Registration Table       Timer    

Greeter – Welcome people as they enter and remind them that all forms must be complete prior to going to the Registration Table.  Take new families aside, before they register, to make sure they understand the parent and student commitments.  Go over general Parent Committee commitments and the Rehearsal Calendar so they know everything they are committing to.  This should be an experienced Journey parent.


Registration Table – Collect forms and verify that they are complete. Assign audition number and records info on Judges Form.  Make sure anyone who marks that this is their first JTAG show meets with the Greeter before they register.  Ensure each auditioner is registered in class.


Door Monitor – Ensures that people are not entering/exiting during auditions.  Allows people to take seats after each group of 10 auditioners.


Timer – Starts timer when student starts singing.  If auditioner goes past one minute, the timer informs the music operator to stop the recording.  Usually a student or TREK member.


Music – Runs music for students, keeping eye on Artistic Team to see if they need the volume adjusted – or anything else.   Usually a student or TREK member.

Wizard of Oz Audition Information

If your child plans on auditioning, I encourage you to please take some time to review ALL of the tabs at the top of the page so that you are familiar with the audition process, schedules, expectations, parent commitments and more.

Students must currently be enrolled in a Journey class in order to audition. Enrollment in a class includes regular session and Studio.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a class to apply for crew.

Auditions will be held at Cascade Park Baptist Church, (1201 SE 136th Ave, Vancouver),  on Friday, October 6.  Sign in between 5 and 7pm. Doors open at 4:45.

If your student has a physical disability that requires accommodation at auditions, please email me at at least 3 days prior to the audition date.

Students must bring the following to auditions:

  • Auditioners prepare vocal audition; prepared with a background track without a lead vocal. It is recommended that song selections be limited to 16 bars/measures, or 30-45 seconds from the time the student begins singing.  If at 1 minute an auditioner is still singing, the music will be stopped and the audition will end. See our Auditions Page for more information. We will only play background tracks that have been downloaded to a phone. Please bring an adapter that suits your phone. (We are no longer playing tracks from CDs).
  • All auditioners must bring a current photo (a school photo is fine) and an audition form to the check in table.
  • All must complete an online costume form before coming to auditions.
  • All parents of those auditioning must complete an online parent committee form before coming to auditions.

Friends and family are invited to watch auditions.  Auditions take place in groups of 10.  Even though check in closes at 7pm, auditions will continue until all are finished, which could go later than 9pm.  Auditioners are welcome to leave after their group of 10 is finished or they may stay and encourage others.

Students 10 – 18 are eligible to apply to be part of our crew.  It is not mandatory that a student be in a class this session in order to apply, however, students in class will have priority over students not in class.  A student who auditions may also submit a crew form if they wish to be considered in case of being cut. Unfortunately, we cannot always use everyone who applies for crew. Crew members MUST be present at every dress rehearsal and every show.

The online crew applications must be submitted by 7pm on Friday, October 6. If a student is not auditioning and submitting a crew form only, there is no need to attend auditions.

The Stage Manager position will be evaluated by a separate application and determined prior to show auditions. If you are interested in applying for this position, please fill out the separate Stage Manager Application.  This application is due Friday, September 29 by 7pm.

We are accepting dog video submissions for the role of Toto. Dog audition forms must be submitted by October 6.

Conflicts may affect casting. You will have an opportunity to indicate any scheduling conflicts on the Audition Form. All cast and crew members must be able to attend every dress rehearsal and all performances.  Dress Rehearsal conflicts may be approved only for a school performance where the student’s grade would be impacted.

Watch this callboard the night of auditions for information on who will be called back!  Not being invited to callbacks does NOT mean that your student will not be cast (likewise, being invited to callbacks does not ensure that your student will be cast).  Be sure to check the cast and crew announcement, right here on this callboard on Sunday, October 8, after 5:00pm.

Callbacks are by invitation only.  Auditioners do not receive a personal contact if invited to callbacks.  They will only be notified via this callboard:  vancouver.journey

Callbacks are closed.  Students will be dropped off at the entrance of the church at their callback time and will be picked up at the doors at the end of their scheduled session.  Students may be called at any time between 9am and 2pm.


Parent participation is mandatory for all students who are cast in the show.  Parents of crew members are not required to serve on a parent committee, though participation is always welcome.  Parents will be assigned to various committees and will receive their assignment on or before October 12th.  Parent attendance is required at two parent meetings:  October 13th and November 17th, to be held during rehearsal time.  Crew member parents are required to attend the meeting on November 17th, if this is the first time your student has been in a school year Journey production.

Production Fees of $165 will be assigned to all students cast in the show.  Fees are due Monday, October 16 by noon.  They will be added to your Journey Family account shortly after casting.  You may log in to your account to pay or by calling the Journey office (360-750-8550).  Production fees include a t-shirt and a show sticker.  Shirt sizes must be listed on the student costume form.  Crew members and family members who wish to purchase additional shirts must do so by Monday, October 16 (by noon!) through the ordering link which will be accessed through the tab at the top of the callboard page.


I will be needing help to run auditions on October 6th.  I’ll be posting more information about that soon.

If you still have questions after reading through this and previous posts (and the tabs above), do not hesitate to email me, Shannon McIlroy, at

Thank you!


Forms for The Wizard of Oz are updated and posted.

Please check the “Forms” page, under the “Resources” tab above to find both online and paper forms that must be completed before auditions. Please note, there is a new checkbox on the audition form which asks you to designate if you are willing to be an understudy.

Crew forms are included for those who wish to participate as part of the crew!

Please not that the Stage Manager application is due on September 29th, a week before auditions.

The Toto audition form will allow you to upload a video of your dog.

Click here to see the Show Calendar.

Please refer to this when determining conflicts for both students and for parent committee work.

Register for classes if you plan to audition!

At the First Class Night there will be a brief information session for those wishing to know more about shows:  auditioning, parent committee expectations, and much more.

You don’t have to commit to being in a show by taking classes… BUT you can not audition for a show unless you are in a class on either Monday or Tuesday night.  So, if auditioning is something you are considering, the first step is to get enrolled as soon as possible!

Everything you need to know about class options, locations, availability, dates and registration can be found here.

You can also learn about the auditioning process by checking out our website:

More information will be posted here frequently, so check back often!

If you have questions about The Wizard of Oz, please contact Shannon McIlroy at

If you have any questions about Willy Wonka the Musical, please contact Heather Bode at

Toto Auditions

Think your dog has what it takes to be Toto? We are accepting dog video submissions!
What we’re looking for:
-Small dog that will tolerate being carried in a basket
-Friendly with kids
-Crate and potty trained
-Knows basic obedience commands
-Up to date with vaccines
Toto will be called to many rehearsals (possibly all Saturday rehearsals), and will have a student handler (crew member) during rehearsals and performances.
Applications are due by Oct. 6th. To apply, click here: Toto Audition Form
Please reach out to Shannon,, with any questions.


Check this callboard often for continual updates and additional information regarding our show!

The Wizard of Oz is a classic and memorable show with lots of special effects and fun make up. There are lots of places for kids of all ages to shine!

Check out the character descriptions by going to the Show Index tab above, or click here:  Character Descriptions

Auditions will be held at Cascade Park Baptist Church (1201 SE 136th Ave., Vancouver) on Friday, October 6th.  Sign in between 5 and 7pm.

In order to be considered as part of the cast, students must be enrolled in a fall class and have an adult who is willing and able to serve up to 50 hours of work on various committees. Crew (students who do not perform on stage, but help backstage and on props and tech) do not have to be enrolled in a class, though students who are in a class will be given priority consideration.

Callbacks are by invitation only, to be held between the hours of 9am and 2pm, at Cascade Park Baptist Church. Being invited to callbacks does not guarantee that a student will be cast.  Likewise, if a student is not invited to callbacks, he or she may still be cast.

Rehearsals begin the very next week, at Cascade Park Baptist Church:

Friday, October 13:  5:00 – 9:00pm (There will be a mandatory parent meeting this evening, starting at 6:30pm for new families, or 7:15pm for returning families)

Saturday, October 14:  9:00am – 1:00pm


Friday, October 20: 5:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, October 21: 9:00am – 1:00pm


Friday, October 27: 5:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, October 28: 9:00am – 1:00pm


Friday, November 3: 5:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, November 4: 9:00am – 1:00pm


Friday, November 10: 5:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, November 11: 9:00am – 2:00pm


Friday, November 17: 5:00 – 9:00pm (The 2nd mandatory parent meeting will be held on this night, starting at 6:30 for new families and 7:15 for returning families)

Saturday, November 18: 9:00am – 1:00pm


Saturday, November 25: 9am – 1:00pm


Friday, December 1: 5:00 – 9:00pm


Performances are tentatively scheduled to be held at the Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School  (1201 39th St, Washougal, WA).

We will move into the theater on Saturday, December 2nd.  This is a very long day, stretching from early afternoon into the late evening. Students and parent committees will be called at various times throughout the day.

Dress Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday, December 4 – 7, from 5:30 – 9:00pm.  Cast and Crew MUST attend each dress rehearsal. The only conflicts that will be accommodated are those that affect a grade in a school event.

Cast and crew MUST attend every performance.  No conflicts will be accommodated.

Performances will be:

Friday, December 8 at 7pm

Saturday, December 9 at 2pm and 7pm

Friday, December 15 at 7pm

Saturday, December 16 at 2pm and 7pm

All committee members, cast and crew will participate in strike immediately after the final performance.

Excused Absences from Rehearsals

If the conflicts can be accommodated and your student is cast, those conflicts will be excused.

If conflicts are such that missing those rehearsals prove detrimental to the work of the show, it may mean that your student is not cast.

The assumption is that if your student can be at rehearsal when called, they will be.

Students MUST attend all shows.

Students must be present at all dress rehearsals unless there is a school conflict that determines a grade.

Please note that if a student is absent (for any reason) from a rehearsal where something new is taught, it is possible that they won’t be able to be in that scene/song/dance, or a portion thereof.  Because of our tight rehearsal schedule, the Artistic Team rarely has time to go back and re-teach what has already been taught.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank YOU!

All of us at Journey Theater would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who contributes to the program in so many ways. Sometimes your acts of generosity may happen in a way that we may not hear about directly (a donated auction item, extra money put toward committee work, etc.). But we want you to know…we see you, we are grateful, and the impact you are having on so many is immeasurable. Thank you for the difference you are making in this beautiful community.

Journey Chat Rooms

Dear Parents,

Some of you may know that many Journey students connect online via what they call “Journey Chats.” It’s important for parents to know that these online chat rooms are not initiated, sanctioned nor monitored by Journey staff. We encourage parents to be aware of their student’s activity if they are participating in any online conversations.
These conversations are overwhelmingly positive and serve as a place for students to encourage each other outside of classes and rehearsals, yet it is important to be aware of the inherent limitations and drawbacks of any online social platform. We love the relationships and community that is formed through Journey, and we will continue to encourage students to focus on building these friendships in-person.
Thanks for being a part of this amazing community!