4 Community Theatre is producing the musical The Wizard of Oz at the Orono High School Auditorium in July thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Supporting arts activities throughout Minnesota is a primary focus of the regional arts councils that receive support from the MN Legislature and the Legacy Amendment.
Wizard of Oz performance dates include July 18 and 19 at 7 p.m., Sunday matinee July 20 at 2 p.m. (also featuring ASL), July 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee July 27 at 2 p.m. at Orono High School auditorium, 795 Old Crystal Bay Rd, Long Lake.
The actress portraying Dorothy has a great story to tell. Rachel Smith was just 3 years old she played a Munchkin in the 4CT production of the Wizard of Oz. Now she is 17 and a senior at Rockford High School. Her mother, Lois Smith is the pianist, and her sister Laura Smith is taking a turn as Intern Director and Choreographer.
4CT (for the community theater) originated in Rockford in 1998. Orono joined in 2003 and the 4CT board oversees all activities under sponsorship of the Discovery Arts Council via Community Education, in Orono. Mound/Westonka is the newest addition to the 4CT community. 4CT is based in Orono, and includes actors, singers, dancers and musicians from the entire metro area. Talents range from performance and promotions to costuming and set design/build. Many participants have advanced experience or degrees.
The Wizard of Oz, presents a world where brains, heart and courage are what make the difference. Come along on this fantastical journey as more than 60 area adults and youth create the Land of Oz on stage accompanied by a live orchestra and beautiful sets and costumes. Directed by Len Freeman with support from Vocal Director Roxanne Ezell, Technical Director Jack Neveaux, Orchestra Leader Steven Herzog and Choreographer and Assistant Director Laura Smith.
4CT’s mission is to “build bridges between communities and generations while providing artistic outlets and quality theater experiences for all ages”. People of all ages and experience levels are welcome in 4CT productions and 4CT wants to spread the word to everyone to come to see this show and consider auditioning or helping behind the scenes for a future performance.
To order tickets on-line or for more information about 4CT go to: www.4communitytheatre.org
For more information or to order tickets by phone, call 952-449-8302.