Lincoln Middle School presents “The Wizard of Oz”
Award winning production team puts a contemporary twist on the children‚Äôs classic
Santa Monica, CA (January 18, 2013) – This February, the Lincoln Middle School Theatre is proud to present a modern staging of the classic film The Wizard of Oz.¬† Described as “Kansas Prairie meets Steampunk Oz”, this production will run multiple shows on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th at the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA.
With a cast and crew comprised of talented Lincoln Middle School students, the young actors involved have been rehearsing twice a week since September, as well as attending workshops by performers who were formerly on Broadway or part of prestigious theatrical companies such as Cirque Du Soleil and Stomp. The unique vision for the production was to create a world not commonly associated with this show, using “found” items wherever possible. Costumes were made from vintage store finds while an abundance of rolling set pieces give the show a mobile presence, allowing the audience to witness the set changes, and to use their imagination to visualize various aspects of the show. The use of lighting and shadows enhance character and mood.
Director Chad Jason Scheppner, back for his third consecutive year at the Lincoln Middle School Theatre, has worked as a teacher, director, writer, workshop organizer instructor and administrator of the performing arts for children and adults for the last twenty years.¬† As the founder of Theatre 31, his overall objective is to provide fun, non-competitive performing arts classes that give students the opportunity to strengthen their skills and build self-esteem, courage, confidence and compassion in their lives and their art.¬† Also back for her third year, Assistant Director Katey Mushlin is a graduate of both Second City and I.O. West and an acting instructor with the Lee Strasberg Institute and AMDA in Hollywood and has spent several years directing children‚Äôs musicals in West LA. With success on past productions of Bye Bye Birdie and Gilbert and Sullivan‚Äôs The Pirates of Penzance this year is sure to be a truly memorable interpretation of Frank L. Baum’s beloved book.
This incredible program is made possible through the generous contributions of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, the Lincoln Middle School PTSA, as well as an amazing team of dedicated parent volunteers who contribute endless time and resources to the production.¬† Parent Volunteers include Producer Michelle Fiordaliso, who brings a wealth of theatrical experience with a career that began in New York as a stand-up comic garnering her a fellowship at Uta Hagen’s HB Studio, and continues as an author and freelance writer.¬† Additional parent volunteers include Mark Engfer, telecommunications manager by trade, doing set design and construction, graphic design, and props and Lindsay Frost, who brings years of experience as an actress on both the stage and screen, designing and making costumes.
For more information about The Wizard of Oz and to purchase tickets in advance visit: www.lmsptsa.org
SHOW DATES & TIMES
Friday, February 22 ‚Äì 7pm show
Saturday, February 23 ‚Äì shows at 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, February 24 ‚Äì 2pm show
TICKETS ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†$10 adults/ $5 children
ADDRESS¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†1501 California Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90403
CONTACT ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Michelle Fiordaliso | firstname.lastname@example.org | 917-843-2874