Friday, October 26, 2012

The Wizard of Oz is coming to the Seattle Children's Theatre!

I'm more excited than usual about the next play coming to the Seattle Children's Theatre- it's The Wizard of Oz! We can't wait! Here's the scoop, from SCT.

There’s no place like home.
The Wizard of Oz returns to SCT

(Seattle, WA) – The beloved classic, The Wizard of Oz, returns to the SCT stage this holiday season, reminding audiences that there truly is no place like home. The Wizard of Oz opens Friday November 16, 2012 (with a public preview on Thursday, November 15) in SCT’s Charlotte Martin Theatre and runs through January 6, 2013. SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell will direct.

Whether from the books or the movie, The Wizard of Oz is a wildly familiar tale to family audiences and generations alike. After a tornado sweeps Dorothy from her Kansas home, she encounters both wickedness and wonder, Wizard and Witch, Munchkin and Monkey. Dorothy and her newfound friends journey on a quest to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly, home.
“As a little girl, this was my favorite story,” says SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell. “I still believe there’s something beautiful over the rainbow. Wonderful songs and a wonderful story will always welcome children of all ages to this magical, mystical place.”

The Wizard of Oz features an all-star cast, with many returning favorites. Kasey Nusbickel, who played Dorothy in SCT’s 2008 production, stars again as the iconic lead. Julie Briskman (Miss Gultch/Wicked Witch), Peter Crook (The Professor/Wizard), Auston James (Hunk/Scarecrow), Sharva Maynard (Auntie Em/Glinda) and Todd Jefferson Moore (Zeke/Cowardly Lion) all return, as well, in their original roles. They are newly joined by Hugh Hastings (Uncle Henry/Oz Guard) and Dane Stokinger (Hickory/Tinman). The cast is supported by a very talented ensemble, including Molli Corcoran, Beth Devries, Michael Feldman, Fawn Ledesma and Ian Lindsay, and is rounded out with 17 additional youth actors, many having performed in SCT’s Drama School, playing the roles of the Flying Monkeys, Munchkins and Emerald Citizens.  Beth Devries, John Dewar, Fawn Ledesma, Ian Lindsay and Jane Muirhead understudy.
Director Hartzell has a talented and experienced artistic team behind her for this production. They include Fight Choreographer Geoffrey Alm, Costume Designer Cathy Hunt, Music Director Mark Rabe, Lighting Designer Rick Paulsen, Choreographer Marianne Roberts, Puppet Master Annett Mateo, Projection Designer Lara Kaminsky, SCT Resident Sound Designer Chris R. Walker and Set Designer Matthew Smucker. Music Director Rabe will be joined by musicians Harlan Feinstein, Max Baldanado and Ed Littlefield.

The Wizard of Oz will be presented in SCT’s Charlotte Martin Theatre. Seattle Children’s Theatre is located at 201 Thomas Street, under the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz range in price from $20 to $36 and may be purchased by calling the SCT Ticket Office at (206) 441.3322 or by visiting The Wizard of Oz is recommended for ages 5 and older.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post, but will be receiving tickets to review it for  another post.