Off to see ‘The Wizard’
by Glenn Moore
Apr 16, 2013 | 3165 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Audience members will take a trip over the rainbow during the Tracy Repertory Theatre’s musical “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens May 3 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.

A cast of 56 performers will bring the story to life on the Eleni Tsakopoulis-Kounalakis Theatre stage at 715 Central Ave. for four shows.

Performance times are 7 p.m. May 3, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 4, and 2 p.m. May 5.

Laura Hagler, producer for “The Wizard,” said it’s the fifth play for the group that was started a year and half ago to produce theater that would appeal to families and allow people of all ages the chance to perform on stage.

Hagler said several parents are acting alongside their children in the family-themed production.

“I think it’s going to be amazing,” she said. “This is totally a family show. We had a lot of people audition because they saw the movie — people grew up with the music.”

Hagler said the musical follows the popular 1939 movie that starred Judy Garland in the lead role.

Lauren Louis, a 15-year-old Millennium High student, will slip into the ruby slippers for Tracy Repertory.

Other lead cast members are Dennis Lockhard as Scarecrow, Tim Graffham as Tinman, Todd Larson as the Cowardly Lion, Ashley Willits as Glinda the Good Witch, Merry Zimmerman as the Wicked Witch of the West and Mark Harrison as the Wizard of Oz.

Costumes also play a large role in the production. Costume designer Donita Rose has spent almost six months creating more than 300 costumes for the cast, which are being sewn by different cast members and their families.

First-time Tracy Repertory Theater director Ffjorren Zolfaghar is directing her twin 6-year-old children, who play munchkins and flying monkeys, and likes the family participation from the cast.

“There’s lots of family participation,” Zolfaghar said. “It’s wonderful to see families create art together and the family that comes from the cast itself.”

Tickets for the Wizard of Oz are $18 and are available from the Grand Theatre box office.

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