Ease on Down the Road with "The Wiz"
At MCCC's Kelsey Theatre March 6-15


2/13/09


Folks, we're not in Kansas anymore. Join the Pennington Players as they present Dorothy and friends Motown-style in "The Wiz" at Mercer County Community College. Dates and show times for this contemporary retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" are: Fridays and Saturdays, Mar. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, March 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 6. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Wtih music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, "The Wiz" traces familiar elements of Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow, but adds some colorful characters and sets the story to a lively mixture of soul, gospel, and rock music. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion "ease on down the road" to the Emerald City in the show's most famous number. Seeking help from the Wiz, the four face down grave danger at the hands of a wicked witch before learning that the Wiz is a well-meaning fake and that they have the power to help themselves.

Premiering in 1975, "The Wiz" was the first Broadway show to feature an all-black cast and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It was followed by a 1978 film version starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

Directed by MCCC Theatre alum Kyrus Westcott, the production features a multi-cultural cast including Sasha Alexandria as Dorothy; Allwyn "Lynn" Baskin as Scarecrow; Nicholas Pecht as Tin Man; Jamel Taylor as Lion; Samille Ganges as Evillene; Kim LaSala as Addeperle; and Antwan Michael as The Wiz. Also featured are: Tamika Reed as Glinda; Cheryl King as Aunt Em; Steve Browne as Uncle Henry; and Alexander Horowitz as Lord High Underling. Beverly Kuo-Hamilton, Aimee Roubidoux, and Diane Westcott are featured as the Pit Singers. The dance corps includes Elena Caracappa, Tara Fregia, Rachel Tovar, Alexandra Pollard, Heather Santos, and Talia Shumsonk. More information about this production of "The Wiz" can be found on the Pennington Players website.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens, and $12 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events for the 2008-09 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

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2008-09 Season
Ticket Information
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Sasha Alexandria, front, as Dorothy with,
from left, Lynn Baskin as Scarecrow, Nick
Pecht as Tinman and Jamel Taylor as Lion.
The "Pit Singers" include Tamika Reed, front, Dianne Westcott and Cheryl King, middle, and Beverly Kuo-Hamilton, back.
Dorothy (Sasha Alexandria), left, with Steve Browne as Uncle Henry and Cheryl King as Aunt Em.

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