A Motown version of “The Wizard of Oz” featuring an all youth cast is playing at the Carson City Community Theater.
Youth Theatre Carson City is putting on “The Wiz” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Boldrick Theatre.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to a lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. It includes the songs “Ease On Down the Road,” “Brand New Day,” and “Home.”
The cast is comprised of more than 50 local youth in grades K-12, who play all the classic characters.
Leading the cast as Dorothy Gale are Shannon Mick and Hannah Walker of Carson City. Also featured are Serena Dantzler and Sophia Sayson as the Scarecrow; Adele Fliegler and Jalina Whitney as the Tin Man; Dawson Main and Rebecca Hughey as the Lion; and Tegan McNabb as Toto. Rounding out the cast are a host of young actors, singers and dancers bringing the tale to life.
The production is directed by Andie Anderson, Youth Theatre Carson City founder and native Northern Nevadan who has been a member of the area’s arts community for more than 20 years. Anderson earned a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, Mass. She’s the theatre arts instructor at Carson High School.
Tickets cost $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, go to www.youththeatrecarsoncity.com, or call 775-882-0358.
Youth Theatre Carson City operates primarily at the Community Center as part of the Carson City Recreation Department. Its mission is to provide a safe, inclusive environment for young people and their families to explore, create, learn and grow through quality theatrical experiences. It produces three to five staged theatrical productions per year.