As a young child, Alana Randall saw the fantasy adventure film The Wizard of Oz and read the children’s novel.
The Greater Toronto Area resident is now in the Canadian cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reworked stage adaptation of the film that contains all the cherished songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, the favourite characters and a few surprises.
One of two Blacks – Stewart McKensy is the other – in the Mirvish-backed production that runs until the end of March, Randall plays several characters, including a munchkin, flying monkey and wicked witch.
The talented artist said her agent contacted her early last year about auditions for the musical that will play in other Canadian cities and in the United States later this year.
“Even though I am a pop singer who could sing various kinds of songs, this is a different style of musical,” said Randall. “I grew up with The Wizard of Oz, so I knew what to expect.”
Dancing, acting and singing have consumed most of Randall’s life. Enrolled in baby ballet classes at age three, she took part in dance competitions throughout Canada for nearly eight years and was a member of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak and a Toronto Argonauts cheerleader.
Randall has been a backup for several artists, including the Boomtang Boys, Neil Young, Kate Perry and Bow Wow; she was a featured dancer on “So You Think You Dance Canada” and she has appeared in a few commercials.
The daughter of Jamaican-born parents, Randall attended Cawthra Park Secondary School and completed Grade 12 at Father Michael Goetz Secondary School.
“It was in my last year in high school that I really became interested in musical theatre because the school offered a course in that field,” said Randall.
To further hone her artistic skills, Randall studied theatre performance for a year at Humber College and musical theatre at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She was enrolled for two years in the academy’s “Triple Threat Program” that encapsulates dancing, singing and acting.
After spending a few years in New York where she graduated from the New York Film Academy, Randall returned home three years ago and has made appearances in the musicals Hair, Hairspray and High School Musical; commercials for McDonald’s, Payless Shoes and Liberty Mutual and acting roles in the MTV’s MADE: The Movie and the cheerleading-comedy drama television series, “Hellcats”.
Randall says she enjoys inspiring audiences through movement, words, expression and song.
“I enjoy doing film and TV but I would have to say that my first love is musical theatre and my dream is to one day play a leading role on Broadway,” she said.
BY RON FANFAIR