The Wizard of Oz is a musical commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny) based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz and using the film's songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The book of the musical is by Frank Gabrielson, who would later write an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz for Shirley Temple (1960).
Debuting as Director is Dan Brown who performed in many MSYT productions. Musical Director is Philip Paluszak who has a magnificent music background is coming to MSYT as a guest artist. And rounding out our crew, Jodi Layman who has a long association with MSYT will choreograph this show.
A teenage girl, Dorothy (double cast played byEllie Lentz and Jacey Robinson), lives on a farm in dreary Kansas with her Uncle Henry ( played by Dakota Jimenez) and Aunt Em (played by Kerry Gudaitis) dreaming of faraway places ("Over The Rainbow"). One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Sorceress of the North greet Dorothy ("Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" and "Munchkinland"). The Sorceress tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. We follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. Dorothy meets along the way the Scarecrow (played by Grant Grace), the Tinman (played by John Rosenblum) and the Lion (played by Ethen Cornett).
The show runs June 21 - 24 and June 28-July 1 at 7:00 pm, June 25 and July 2 at 2:00 pm at the HH Prep School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. June 22 is THRIFY THURSDAY, Adults $15 and Students $10. Group Rates available by calling the Box Office. There is a $1 ticket fee charged per ticket for a credit card transaction. Avoid the ticket fee by purchasing online at www.msyt.org.
Main Street Youth Theatre is a nonprofit 501( c) 3 celebrating 20 years of putting young actors in the spotlight. For more information about MSYT go to www.msyt.org. Follow us on FaceBook and Instagram for pictures and more about this fun, family friendly show.