YOUNG ARTISTS ENSEMBLE
The Wizard of Oz
Based on the 1939 Film
THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Young Artists Ensemble presents THE WIZARD OF OZ directed by Amber Hutchison with Music Direction by Zachary Spencer and Choreography by Kate Peltola. Performances are February 5-21, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00. All performances are in the Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 West Hillcrest Drive.
[NOTE: There will be four performances with the addition of actors with special needs on one additional weekend, February 26-28, 2016. This is part of the award-winning ConejoTheatre For Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience. A press release specifically for CTFE to follow. This release is only for the YAE production - first three weeks]
The Wizard of Oz features 42 actors, some as young as seven years old who play The Munchkins. The musical was originally adapted for the stage by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company to perform. Based on the book by L. Frank Baum, the play includes Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg with Background Music by Herbert Stothart, Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard and Orchestration by Larry Wilcox. It is based on the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
As early as 1902, there have been musicals based on Baum’s novel. In 1945 the first musical including the songs from the 1939 film was produced. The Young Artists Ensemble version was first produced in 1987 in London. The production includes an extra verse in the Academy Award-winning song, “Over the Rainbow” and a song cut from the final film called “The Jitterbug.” Audiences will be taken over the rainbow to follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. This epic adventure of fleeing from a wicked witch teaches young Dorothy Gale that there’s no place like home.
THE WIZARD OF OZ is the second production in Young Artists Ensemble’s 35th Annual Family Theatre Season. The season will continue conclude with ANNE OF GREEN GABLES May 6-22, 2016. Mini-Season tickets can be purchased at a deep discount by contacting the box office at (805) 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com
Artists Ensemble recently received 24 nominations and six wins for their 2014
Summer Teen Production of Jesus
Christ Superstar. Winners in the Tenth Annual National Youth Arts
Awards included Outstanding
Production: Jesus Christ
Lead Actor in a Musical: Jordan
M. Schneider as Jesus of Nazareth, Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kyra
Stevens as Mary Magdalene, Outstanding
Ensemble, Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken
Milbrett and Outstanding
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Based on the 1939 Film
WHAT: THE WIZARD OF OZ – Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! Go over the rainbow to follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. It takes and epic adventure and fleeing from a wicked witch for young Dorothy Gale to learn that there’s no place like home. The Wizard of Oz is also part of the award-winning Conejo Theatre for Everyone, teaming up YAE kids and performers with special needs for a unique theatrical experience.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 5 – 21, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm
CONEJO THEATRE FOR EVERYONE DATES:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 26 – 28, 2016
Tickets for these shows are $10 general admission.
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA
PURCHASE MINI SEASON OF TWO SHOWS FOR: $26 adults, $22 children, students and seniors (A 25% discount!)
10% discount for groups of ten or more
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