- What sort of person is going to love this show?
- Those who love rock, gospel, and pop will absolutely love this show.
- What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
- Like its counterpart, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ the script for this show is simple. The challenge is creating distinct characters that match their vocal stylings.
- Why did you want to be involved in this production?
- This show is quintessential me. Vocals, dance, and fun! How could I say no?!
- What would you say to those who have never even heard of this show to encourage them to come?
- This show has pizzazz. It’s a known tale that presents the familiar in different ways.
- What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
- Hopefully they will be thinking about coming again!
- How is this production bringing something new to this story?
- I like interpreting things in different ways. While this show isn’t done often, I want this production to always be unique.
- What’s going to surprise people about this show?
- I don’t want to ruin any surprises!
- Which is the best night to come?
- Any night!
- Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
- You! Yeah… YOU! If you’re (watching or reading) this, you have to come see ‘The Wiz!’
- Who in the show is most like their character?
- Celia is the most like her character. She is a fierce, tough cookie and she brings a certain goofy side to the lion that I’m sure our audiences will love.
Tell us about your vision and inspirations for your production.
When I was approached with the show, my mind immediately went to high fashion. I draw inspiration from the runway as well as works of art and their artists. Certain groups in the show had different inspiration. The poppies were inspired by models of the 60s/70s, and I pulled inspiration from the muses of ‘Hercules’ for the Yellow Brick Road.
What are the challenges to staging this production?
The challenge with this show is working with two separate ensembles. Since it is tradition to utilize children in the opening show, the munchkins have become their own ensemble. When the two meet in Act 2, keeping the kaleidoscope moving has been a challenge that the entire cast has risen to.
What the audience can expect to see?
Audiences should expect to see a diverse group of artists not only giving it their all, but also having fun. The show is such a fun piece to perform and I can’t wait to see the final product!
Here is the Director creating the background for ‘The Wiz.’