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Lyric seeking Munchkins for its Wizard Christmas show

By Maureen Coleman

Are you (or a child you know) short, smiley and able to sing? If the answer is yes, you could land a role in the Lyric Theatre's final production in its current building.



Auditions are being held this weekend to find Munchkins to play in the Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz, which will run at the theatre from November 23 to January 12.

All that is asked of would-be Munchkins is that they be aged between seven and 16 years, be under 5ft - and they must be able to sing and dance.

During auditions, which will be held this Saturday, contenders will be asked to perform a five-minute singing and dancing routine.

The song must be from The Wizard of Oz and the style of dancing can be anything from disco to Irish.

A spokesman for the Lyric Theatre said: "If you have no dance experience, the choreographer will give you something to do.

"But the most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself, have fun and smile - that is what we are looking for in a Munchkin."

Munchkin hopefuls should go to the Lyric's website on www.lyrictheatre.co.uk and download the application form. Attach a photo and bring the form along to the open auditions on Saturday.

Registrations will take place between 9am and 10am and applicants will be given a time slot to attend on the same day.

Munchkins need to be available for rehearsals on Saturday, October 20 and 27, October 29 to November 3, Saturday, November 10, November 19 to 23 as well as throughout the run of the show.

In The Wizard of Oz, the Munchkins are the natives of the fictional Munchkin Country. They are of diminutive stature and are among the people Dorothy meets on her journey to meet the Wizard.

One of the songs the Munchkins perform is Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.

The Lyric's production of The Wizard of Oz will feature the voice of Hollywood and Ulster actor Liam Neeson, in the title role as the Wizard.

Following the run, the theatre will close so work on a new building can get under way.

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