‘The Wiz’ opens today at Village Theatre
August 1, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2009
Ease on down to “The Wiz.” The production, part of Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE SummerStock program, opens today at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre.
“The Wiz” features young actors from across the Puget Sound region, including Issaquah, Newcastle, Sammamish and Snoqualmie.
“The Wiz” is a modern, urban adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” It takes Dorothy’s story and spices it up with a 1970’s sound, blending rock, soul, gospel and funk.
All of the familiar characters of this well-known and well-loved musical are along for the journey, and they face the same realization of the phony Wizard of Oz.
“The Wiz” features 47 cast members, with another 23 who are part of the Teen Access to Professionals program.
It allows burgeoning actors/stagehands to work alongside professionals, building and painting scenery, constructing and building props, pulling and building costumes, hanging and focusing lights, playing alongside adult musicians in the pit orchestra and supporting the artistic team as assistants to the director, music director and choreographer.