Children’s Theatre Kicks Off 2007-08 Season with “The Wizard of Oz”  

In celebration of its 60th season, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte proudly presents “The Wizard of Oz” from September 28-October 20, 2007. Adapted from the original novel by L. Frank Baum, this spectacular stage version features the beloved music and lyrics of the classic motion picture.  

Follow Dorothy Gale, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion down the Yellow Brick Road as they seek the help of the mysterious and powerful Wizard of Oz. Their magical journey brings them face to face with the Wicked Witch of the West, and the friends learn that they must look inside themselves to find the things they seek. They also learn, of course, that there’s no place like home.  

“Bringing an iconic story like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to the stage is incredibly exciting, but it also poses special challenges,” says Artistic Director Alan Poindexter , who directs the production. “We’ve worked hard to honor the source material while creating a fresh vision for our audience. People who love the movie won’t be disappointed, but we want to surprise and delight them as well.” Children’s Theatre of Charlotte last performed “The Wizard of Oz” during their 50th season (1997-1998).  

The production features a strong lineup of professional actors, including Caroline Bower, Ben Mackel, Marcus Sherman, Jill Bloede, Steven Ivey, Barbi Van Schaick, Amy Van Looy, and Poindexter. They are joined by a cast of 25 student actors.  

Performance times and dates are:  

Friday, September 28                     7:30 pm

Saturday, September 29                 3:00 pm

Sunday, September 30                   2:00 pm

Friday, October 5                           7:30 pm

Saturday, October 6                       4:00 pm

Saturday, October 6                       7:30 pm

Sunday, October 7                         2:00 pm

Friday, October 12                          7:30 pm

Saturday, October 13                      1:00 pm

Saturday, October 13                      4:00 pm

Saturday, October 20                      4:00 pm

Saturday, October 20                      7:30 pm  

Performances will be held in the McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  Front Orchestra tickets are $21.00; General Admission tickets are $16.00. For tickets to the productions, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website:  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported by the Annual Fund Drive of the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The media sponsor for the 2007-08 season is WCNC-TV.

US Airways: the 2007-08 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

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