TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL
July 7, 2014; New Orleans, LA: Dillard University Theatre Department in collaboration with Little Village Youth Ensemble, proudly announces the opening of The Wiz, book by William E. Brown, music by Charlie Smalls, from the story, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum. The Wiz features the talents of 65 local youth ages 3—16, on stage as well as in the orchestra, including 14-year old Tione Johnson as Dorothy. The show opens on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. and runs through the 27th of July. New Orleans native and Dillard University alum, India McDougle, . Keith Hart serves as the Music Director while songstress Tonya Boyd Cannon provides Vocal Direction. Show dates are Friday, July 18th and 25th at 7pm, Saturday, July 19th and 26th at 7pm, and Sunday, July 20th and 27th at 3pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, students, and Dillard alumni.
*Media is invited to attend a special preview on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7pm.*
The Wiztells the story of Dorothy, a fourteen year old girl from Kansas and her journey to the city of Oz. After being caught in a tornado Dorothy lands in Munchkin Land where she celebrates the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, Evamene. Dorothy departs from the land of the munchkins with a live yellow brick road. On her way to Emerald city she meets a hip Scarecrow, an uptight Tinman, and a cowardly Lion. Together they seek help from the Great Wiz.
On their journey then encounter the deadly poppy field, a rescuing mice squad, and an arrogant Gate Keeper. They meet with the magical Wizard, who agrees to grant all their wishes as a package deal if they knock off Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy and her friends are captured by the menacing winged monkeys. Only when the witch is at her meanest is Dorothy able to defeat her by dousing her with water. Using false magic the Wiz grants the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion of their brains, heart, and courage but Dorothy is left in Emerald City when the Wiz launches his hot air balloon before she boards. The Good Witch Glinda appears and informs her that all she has to do is click her heels together three times to return home.
Dillard University Theatre is celebrating its 80th Theatre Season this year.