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LCHS presents 'The Wiz'

Show opens Thursday

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[May 07, 2008]  An urban twist on a classic tale is being brought to the stage locally as the Lincoln Community Fine Arts Department presents four performances of "The Wiz" in the LCHS auditorium. Performances Thursday through Saturday start at 7:30 p.m., and the final show begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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" tale.

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]


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