This is a repeating eventdecember 9, 2016 8:00 pm
THE WIZARD OF OZ MUSICAL TO DEBUT AT THE LAS CRUCES COMMUNITY THEATRE It’s one of the most beloved tales of all time and it comes to life on stage at
THE WIZARD OF OZ MUSICAL TO DEBUT AT THE LAS CRUCES COMMUNITY THEATRE
It’s one of the most beloved tales of all time and it comes to life on stage at The Las Cruces Community Theatre just in time for the holidays. Bring the entire family to see Dorothy and her friends skip delightfully and tunefully down that fabled yellow brick road in The Wizard Of Oz.
After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of OZ, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister but are now on Dorothy’s feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.
The Wizard of Oz was written by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. It’s based on the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed by Warner Bros.
Director Janet Beatty-Payne felt The Wizard of Oz was a perfect follow up to last year’s successful run of Shrek the Musical. “It’s a timeless classic that has always been one of my most beloved films,” Beatty-Payne said. “My son loves the show and he’s always asking me to sing Over the Rainbow to him, so I figured this would be the perfect show, not only for him, but for countless other families who have long standing memories of watching this show yearly around the holiday season,” she adds.
The cast features some veteran actors in the community as well as a handful of local children. Dorothy is portrayed by 14 year old Clarivel Garcia, a freshman at Onate High School. Her friends include Brandon Brown as Scarecrow, Jason Wyatt is Lion and Matthew Esqueda plays Tin Man. Also, Meagan Higgins portrays Glinda, the Wicked Witch is Cindy Pitts and Norman Lewis is the Wizard of Oz.
The production also features costumes created by Susie Ouderkirk and Robert (Bobcat) Young. Music direction was provided by Meagan Higgins and the show features choreography by Karlos Saucedo.
The show runs for three weekends, opening on Friday, December 2nd and closes on Sunday, December 18th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 pm and Sunday performances are at 2:00 pm. There will also be a 7:00pm performance on Thursday, December 15th. Tickets are $14.00 for adults, $13.00 for students/seniors/
or by calling 575-523-1200.
(Friday) 8:00 pm