Major Casting Announcement!

July 18, 2009 - The producers are pleased to announce three new additions to the cast of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz": Marie Rizza, Stacey Pratt and Madeline Lovegrove.

The biggest news, and one that anyone following production updates has probably been waiting for, is the casting of the Wicked Witch of the West.  Arguably the most iconic character in Oz, the character was cemented as one of the most memorable villains in film history by Margaret Hamilton in 1939.

This film brings a new kind of Witch of the West, and the producers are delighted to introduce the actress they have chosen to bring her to life: Marie Rizza.

In the '39 MGM film, the two good witches (North and South) were combined into one character named Glinda. If you've been following this film you know that Leah Copeland is playing Glinda, the Good Witch of the South.

The producers would now like you to meet the Good Witch of the North: Stacey Pratt.

Finally, a talented young actress named Madeline Lovegrove auditioned for several roles.  Her strong, authoritative voice and athletic build made her a natural for Glinda's Guard Captain.  This guard discovers Dorothy and her friends after they are dropped off at Glinda's palace by the Winged Monkeys, and escorts them to Glinda's throne room. 

In addition to these roles, all three actresses will be doing double-duty: Marie in a non-speaking role as the Wicked Witch of the East; Stacey lending her voice to the Queen of the Field Mice, and Madeline in a voice role as a Stork who rescues Scarecrow from a tough spot.

Remember, there are a lot of roles remaining, especially for males, so if you're interested please don't hesitate to contact us.

Update! Marie, Stacey and Madeline's profiles can now be viewed on the Cast page by clicking the Dorothy button on the left.