MAILED: July 7, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Theatre will visit the land of Oz for two weeks during its second production of the summer, "The Wizard of Oz."
The show will open Tuesday, July 8, in Kjer Theatre. It will play at 7:30 p.m. through July 12, at 1:30 p.m. July 13, and at 7:30 p.m. from July 15 to 19.
The show will appeal to all ages, Director Wil Denson said. Everyone knows the "Wizard of Oz"; it's familiar, he said.
Heather Broadwater, a UW-Eau Claire senior and vocal performance major, will play Dorothy in the show.
"People of all ages will enjoy the show," Broadwater said. "They will remember the lines and the songs, and have a good time."
It's about dreams; it's an American classic, Denson said.
Although the musical can't replicate all the special effects of the original movie, the show will use the original music from the movie, he said. The show has all the songs and similar props from the movie.
There are a lot of scene changes, Denson said. Many of the performers double up and work on the set crew when not performing, he said.
The behind the scenes workers have done impressive work, Broadwater said.
The cast includes 26 actors plus a dog to play Toto, Denson said. The majority of the cast are community members but the four main characters are played by UW-Eau Claire students, Denson said. Many of the munchkins are from local schools.
"They are good kids," Broadwater said. "They are talented and a fun group to work with."
Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for non-university students and senior citizens, or $7 with a UW-Eau Claire summer ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 7, 1997