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SIERRA REP CREATES THEATRE MAGIC WITH THE WIZARD OF OZ

COLUMBIA, CALIFORNIA – The story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has gone through many incarnations over the years: An American fairytale, a Broadway extravaganza, one of the first technicolor MGM movie musicals, and the 1989 West End holiday musical. Now, complete with dancing Munchkins and flying monkeys, Sierra Rep is delighted to present The Wizard of Oz this summer at the Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park. The book is by John Kane, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. It has additional background music by Herbert Stothart. It is based on the novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film version written by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf. This production will be co-directed by Scott Viets and Jerry Lee, who previously teamed up for Holiday Jukebox and The Robber Bridegroom. The production sponsor is DSN Outdoor.
A young orphan girl named Dorothy Gale lives on the great Kansas prairie with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog, Toto. When the town spinster, Miss Almira Gulch, threatens to have Toto destroyed, Dorothy has no choice but to run away with Toto from the only home she knows. But when a cyclone hits, Dorothy and Toto are transported to the magical land of Oz where she befriends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. To see how the story unfolds buy your tickets today and bring your little ones to see The Wizard of Oz at the Fallon House Theatre from May 31 through July 21.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was created by Frank L. Baum, the first of many Oz stories to follow. A huge Broadway spectacular played to great acclaim in 1902. Subsequent silent films about Oz came out through the years until MGM produced their lavish movie musical version starring Judy Garland, Roy Bolger, Bert Lehr, Margaret Hamilton and many more. The film introduced some of the world’s best known music like “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, “We’re Off to See the Wizard”, and (of course) “Over the Rainbow”. The film was not initially the phenomenal success we know it to be today, that came after many years of theatrical and televised re-releases. In the 1980’s, the Royal Shakespeare Company adapted the screenplay into a proper book musical to play as the company’s holiday musical. The screenplay was adapted again in the 1990’s to play in Madison Square Garden with Mickey Rooney and Rosanne Barr. That production famously toured the US with Rooney and Eartha Kitt. In 2010, Andrew Lloyd Webber penned his own adaptation of the screenplay incorporating original songs along with the ones we all know and love. But the most faithful adaptation to the beloved film remains the 1987 RSC version which SRT will be presenting this summer.
“There are so many expectations with shows like Oz,” says Viets. “It’s a delicate balance in deciding what we want to pay homage to and what we want to re-imagine for ourselves. We don’t want to re-create the movie onstage because… what would be the point of that? What we can do is find clever ways to make visual references to the iconic movie and explore the play honestly and sincerely so we don’t lose any of what makes Dorothy’s story so powerful.”
“It’s a story that is always important to tell,” says Lee. “It’s about a disadvantaged little girl who is put into a position of power and leads with kindness, good will and faith in her friends. It’s a story that’s good for children to experience and it’s a good reminder for adults.”
Sierra Rep is overjoyed to welcome back Jan Leigh Herndon as Almira Gulch/The Wicked Witch, Emily Gatesman as Aunt Em/Glinda, Daniel J. Hines as Zeke/Cowardly Lion, Greg Parker as Uncle Henry/Emerald City Guard, Matt K. Miller as Professor Marvel/Wizard and Matt Alpert, Henry J. Flores and Kyle Moses who will play a multitude of roles from Munchkins to singing Crows. Making their Sierra Rep debuts will be Lauren Metzinger as Dorothy, Cameron Chang as Hunk/Scarecrow, Sam Bravo as Hickory/Tin Man, with Yuliya Eydelnant, Morgan Madrid, Jackie Thompson and Nicole Stouffer in the ensemble. The production will also include students from SRT Jr. (SRT’s youth training program) as Munchkins, Poppies and Flying Monkeys! Our youth ensemble includes Ruby James, Alice James, Avé Carrillo, Alycia Bunow, Ryan Seago, Juliette Diamond, Austin Paris, Benjamin Diamond, Noah Diamond and Nathan Mabilog.
The production will be directed by Scott Viets and Jerry Lee, with choreography by Maggie Sniffen and music direction by Chris Wade. The creative team includes Sean Fanning (scenic and projection design), Nate Parde (lighting design), Ken Phillips (video design), Lucas Michael Chandler (properties design), Tatianna Covington-Parra (sound design), Diana Newington and Anna Owen (costume design) and Maggie Braun is the Production Stage Manager.
“I, for one, cannot wait to sit in the theatre and watch this show as many times as possible,” says Lee. “But what I’m most excited about is seeing all the kids who will come in costume as their favorite characters and get to see those characters live onstage. That absolutely thrills me to no end!”
The Wizard of Oz opens Friday, May 31 and runs through Sunday, July 21, 2019, at The Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park – 11175 Washington St., Columbia, CA. For tickets, call the box office at (209) 532-3120, or purchase them online at SierraRep.org, or visit the East Sonora Theatre Box Office (Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm), located at 13891 Mono Way in Sonora. The Fallon House Theatre Box Office is open two hours before each performance. The Wizard of Oz is Rated G.
Events taking place during the run of The Wizard of Oz include:
Opening Night Reception – Friday, May 31
The fourth production in SRT’s 2019 season, The Wizard of Oz, opens at the East Sonora Theatre. Immediately following the performance, the audience is invited to join the actors and SRT Staff for a light reception included in the price of admission ($25/Opening Night).
Opening Weekend Evening Performances Only $25 – Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1
Opening Weekend evening performances for all SRT productions are only $25 per ticket online and in our Box Office.
Post-Show Talkback – Friday, July 12
Enjoy our Talkback series with members of the cast following this performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.
ABOUT SIERRA REPERTORY THEATRE
Sierra Repertory Theatre is a professional non-profit theater located in California’s beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills. Since 1980, Sierra Rep has focused on its original mission: to present audiences with a broad range of theatrical literature at the highest production quality possible; to pay artists and staff a living wage and to make a vibrant contribution to our community’s economy, culture and spirit. Sierra Repertory Theatre is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre and upcoming shows, please visit www.SierraRep.org or call the Box Office at (209) 532-3120. Follow Sierra Repertory Theatre on Instagram at @SierraRep; and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SierraRep.



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