DIY WOZ Workshop at Home!

by Ashley on September 23, 2019

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We had such a great second WOZ Workshop last Friday with so many students. In this “Presenting on Stage” workshop we focused on making connections in our community, learning how actors label and use the space on stage, and thinking about how we use our body, voice and gestures so that an audience can understand them.

If you missed our workshops or want to practice at home with your parents or friends here are some of the things we did:

Voice & Gesture: Ordinary & Extraordinary Day
(from Young People’s Theatre Wizard of Oz Study Guide)


  • Practicing the role of storyteller and performer. This warm-up will encourage creative thinking, improvisation, and experimentation with big and slow gestures.


  1. Work with a partner. Think about what you did this morning, or what they normally do on an ordinary morning (e.g ‘I woke up, got out of bed, brushed my teeth, ate some breakfast…’, etc.).
  2. One person will be telling the story of their ordinary morning and the other will act out the story using mime and gesture. It is the storyteller’s job to speak in clear, short sentences. It is the job of the performer to act out as much of the story as possible, and only the story being told. To do this, they need to listen closely and wait for the next piece of information from the storyteller.
  3. Next, think about what could happen on an extraordinary morning (i.e. ‘I woke up, got out of bed and found a tiger in my room…, etc.) Working in the same pairs, repeat the steps above but this time with students telling a story of an extraordinary morning.
  4. How can you make your gestures even clearer? How big and slow can you make your movements while still keeping up with the pace of the story?

Voice: Voices of Oz


  • Practicing an actor’s different “vocal ranges” to take on the role of different characters.


Your voice rings or “resonates” in different parts of your body at different pitches. Experiment with different vocal pitches while laying your hands on the labeled part of your body, can you get your “resonator” to vibrate when you say the line?

  • Dorothy – head – “There’s no place like home!”
  • Scarecrow – mouth – “If I only had a brain!”
  • Witch – nose – “I’ll get you my pretty!”
  • Lion – chest – “If I were the king of the forest!”

Body: Weather Walker


  • Practicing using space in creative ways, imagining and communicating different environments through body movement.


Walking around at a brisk space, move your body as if your were in different environments.

Some different environments include:

  • hot sticky summer heat, a blizzard, a breeze, a fall wind, a typhoon, a perfect summer day

Once you have different weathers down, change the environment:

  • a rocky steep mountain top, underwater, dark forest at night, Amazon jungle, Causeway Bay on a Saturday, the moon, a sheet of ice


A Great First WOZ Workshop and Some FAQs

by Ashley on September 16, 2019

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We had a great first WOZ Workshop two weeks ago in the LLAC!

CDNIS Wizard of Oz Workshops

We’re looking forward to another great session this Friday!

For now, many students are asking questions regarding the workshops and the production that will happen in term two, so here are some answers for you:

What is WOZ?

“WOZ” is our nickname for “Wizard Of Oz.” We’re finding we’re saying it a lot these days!

Is each Wizard of Oz Workshop different?

Yes! We will review past material and introduce new material in each session. That way, each workshop will be unique but it won’t be overwhelming for students who are just attending a few sessions.

Do you have to be in the workshops to audition for the show?

Nope! The workshops are optional. We offer them to give students a chance to fine tune their skills on stage or just try out what a production is like?

Did I miss the sign up to audition for the show?

Nope. You will know when we open auditions because we will shout it from the rooftops! The sign-ups will be made public in the beginning of November.

What if I want to be part of the backstage crew?

The backstage crew is selected by an application process that involves the student writing why they want to be a part of the crew and accompanied by a teacher recommendation. We will start accepting applications to backstage crew in the end of November. We will publish information about how to apply with the audition information. Not everyone who applies for backstage crew will be selected. We look for students who have the self-management and organizational skills to get the job done.

How can I get ready for auditions?

In auditions we look for students who are confident and prepared. Right now, the best thing you can do is to learn the story of WOZ by watching the movie or reading the book. It also helps to learn the songs, many of which we will begin to post on this blog in the coming weeks!

We look forward to seeing a lot of you on Friday!

Ms. Benusa


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