The live stage version of the classic MGM movie musical THE WIZARD OF OZ comes to the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater this summer for five performances in an all-new Kansas City produced production.
“This is the perfect summertime family experience for Kansas City and the surrounding region,” noted Theater League president Mark Edelman. “I’m excited to join Chris Fritz and the folks at Providence, our talented creative team under the direction of Spinning Tree Theatre founders Michael Grayman-Parkhurst and Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst and the wonderful volunteers and staff of Variety KC. Together, we’re creating a summer destination for Oz lovers from around the country.”
For the first time, musical theater will join Providence (formerly Sandstone) Amphitheater’s summer line-up of great concerts. The beloved musical, featuring a cast of fifty, begins and ends with Dorothy Gale and her family in Kansas. THE WIZARD OF OZ is planned as an annual family experience, part of the growing West Village tourism destination in Western Wyandotte County.
“We’re excited to have THE WIZARD OF OZ join all of the great family entertainment that Western Wyandotte County has to offer,” commented Bridgette Jobe, Executive Director of the Kansas City Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau. “THE WIZARD OF OZ is a perfect fit with everything else we have to offer local, regional and national visitors.”
The cast to date includes Chelcie Abercrombie as Dorothy, long-time area radio and television personality Dick Wilson as Professor Marvel and the Wizard, Jordan Fox (Scarecrow), Brian McKinley (Tin Man), Robert Hingula (Cowardly Lion), and Devon Barnes (Almira Gulch and the Wicked Witch).
In addition, the cast will feature children from the Kansas City area, including differently-abled youngsters. “Expanding opportunities for these young people is an essential part of this WIZARD OF OZ production,” continued Edelman. “Working with Variety KC, we’ll be raising money for their important work.”
“It’s going to be an exciting production,” explained director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst.“The producers have licensed scenes from the original movie, which will play on a giant LED wall behind the actors. This WIZARD OF OZ will make the film come alive for families from the area and around the country. And Providence Amphitheater will be a great place to see it.”
THE WIZARD OF OZ runs August 1st – August 5th. The Amphitheater opens at 6:30 pm each night for families who want to picnic before the show; food and beverages will be available from vendors throughout Providence Amphitheater.
Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ start at $20 and are on sale now at wizardofozkc.com and through Ticketmaster. Children twelve and under get in for half price. Lawn seating is available.
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