Dorothy and her
friends ease on down the yellow brick road as she attempts to find
her way home in the LCHS Fine Arts Department production of "The
Wiz." Portraying the four main characters are (left to right) Kelly
Knecht as Dorothy, Vincent Ingram as Lion, Trevor Arrington as Tin
Man and Ryan Brown as Scarecrow.
Dorothy (standing near
center, played by Kelly Knecht) and six Munchkins look on as the
Good Witch of the North Addaperle (far right, played by Katy
Reynolds) attempts to cast a magic spell in the LCHS production of
"The Wiz." Portraying the Munchkins are (left to right) Lorenda
Kirby, Felicia Jackson, Nichole Benz, Hannah Farmer, Katy Langdon
and Burgundy Henderson.
Cast members and their roles are as follows: Kelly Knecht as
Dorothy; Ryan Brown as Scarecrow; Trevor Arrington as Tin Man;
Vincent Ingram as Lion; Katy Reynolds as Addaperle and a Wiz singer;
Jessica Sutton as Evillene; Rebecca Kasa as Glinda and a Wiz singer;
Kristin Brisbin as Aunt Em and a Wiz singer; William Glover as Uncle
Henry and Lord High Underling; Nettie Duncan as The Wiz; Greg Harmon
as Gate Keeper; Patrick Carroll as Soldier Messenger; and Kate
Harmon as Winged Monkey and a Wiz singer.
Supporting cast members portray a variety of roles: Munchkins,
field mice, Emerald City citizens, crow dancers, poppy field
dancers, yellow brick road dancers and Wiz singers. Supporting cast
members are Nichole Benz, Shelby Brown, Jenny Caruthers, Elizabeth
Crowell, Hannah Farmer, Katie Gosda, Burgundy Henderson, Christa
Hudson, Felicia Jackson, Lorenda Kirby, Katy Langdon, Ashley Meyrick,
Shekinah Pelc, Rebecca Reichle, Katy Reynolds, Cassie Runyon, LeAnn
Tran, Jordan Vermeire and Kim Vogel.
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The show is directed by William McNeil. Kim Peterson-Quinn and
David Swaar serve as musical directors, Brittney McLaughlin is
choreographer, and Julie Kasa is the accompanist.
"The Wiz" is based on the L. Frank Baum novel "The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz" and debuted on Broadway in 1975. The original
production exclusively featured African-American cast members and
won seven of the eight Tony awards for which it was nominated,
including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The show features
such songs as "Ease On Down the Road" and "No Bad News."
The musical was adapted into a 1978 film featuring Diana Ross,
Nipsey Russell and Michael Jackson.
Stories related to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" have enjoyed a
resurgence of late with the recent success on Broadway of the
musical "Wicked," which serves as a prequel to the "Wizard of Oz"
Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $8 for adults and
$6 for senior citizens, students and children.
[Text from LCHS file received
from Loyd Kirby]