Owen and Mazee

AGES
2-7

THE WIZARD OF OZ

  • Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
  • Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
  • Background Music by Herbert Stothart
  • Adapted by John Kane
  • Directed and Choreographed byMichael Schloegl

ABOUT THE SHOW

The one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, the classic tale by L. Frank Baum that has been entertaining audiences for ages, features the Munchkin puppets and is tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz.

CAST

Amber Dickerson (Dorothy). Originally from Carnesville, GA, Amber holds her B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and her B.S. in Developmental Psychology from CUNY. Other Vital Theatre credits include Pinkalicious: The Musical (Pinkalicious) and Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (JoJo). Favorite credits include Bat Boy (Shelley), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally) and The Rocky Horror Show (Janet). Many thanks to Vital Theatre Company and the entire cast and crew! www.amberdickerson.com

Stephen Hohendorf (Scarecrow/Hunk). Originally from Grand Rapids, MI. Stephen is extremely excited to be working with Vital Theatre again! National Tours: The Full Monty (NETworks), Sesame Street Live! (VEE Corp). New York: MRT, MCTC, Grex Group, MuSE. Regional: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Ft. Peck Summer Theatre, The Liberty Theatre, Carrnivale Theatrics, Pittsburgh Playhouse. Jr., Hope Summer Rep. RWS and Associates. Graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. Much thanks to Andy and the rest of the team at FPST!

Jonny Rouse (Tinman/Hickory) is so excited to be back with the Vital Family! National Tours: Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas (Mr. Clancy). Regional Credits: West Side Story (Chino), Hairspray (Brad), Gypsy (Angie), Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel), Grease (Johnny Casino/Teen Angel), Singin' in the Rain (Production Tenor), Sweet Charity (Manfred), and Parade (Frankie Epps). He received his BFA in Music Theatre from the University at Buffalo. J onny would like to thank his family for all of the love and support!

Sean Jones (Lion/Zeke). Originally from Hamilton, OH, Sean attended Wright State University, where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of Sean's favorite credits include Ko-Ko in The Hot Mikado, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, and Leaf Coneybear in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other Vital credits include Seagull in Flight School: The Musical, Mr. Pinkerton in Pinkalicous, and Mrs. DeVine in Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. A big thanks to the Vital family and to all of Sean’s loved ones! www.seanrjones.actor

Morgan Bartholick (Wicked Witch/ Wizard) is thrilled to be traveling to Oz with this wonderful cast and crew! Favorite roles: Margaret Mead/Tribe- HAIR (Secret Theatre), We Beseech Thee- Godspell (Don't Tell Mama NYC), Annas- Jesus Christ Superstar (Greenbrier Valley Theatre) Barfee- ...Spelling Bee (Swine Palace), and John Hinckley- Assassins (Theatre Baton Rouge). Morgan currently studies with Patrick Page and was an Apprentice at The Barrow Group Theatre Company and School. Big thanks to the Vital family for welcoming me with open arms! Love to my mister and family/friends!

Catie Shelley (Glinda/Aunt Em) Comfortable on both opera and music theatre stages, Catie is thrilled to be making her Glinda debut with Vital Theatre Company! Originally from New Brunswick Canada, she graduated from NYU Steinhardt with her Master's in Vocal Performance. Favorite roles include: Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Light Opera of New Jersey), Cora in Little Mary Sunshine (Musicals Tonight), Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Opera New Jersey) and Phyllis in Iolanthe (G&S Society of NS). Catie is a licensed NYC tour guide and comedy Host on The Ride! www.catieshelley.com

CREATIVES

Michael Schloegl (Director/Choreographer) is one of the founding members of Vital Theatre Company. His original show, Three Bears and A Babe, started the first Vital children's theatre season. He works regionally as a director-choreographer (Footloose, Grease, Bring it On!, All Shook Up, Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever). Michael is also a costume designer, playwright, and a children's book author/illustrator. His original writing credits include: It's Up In the Air!, Calling All Toys, The Chrismouse Story and the school musical touring show, History Time Henry. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in shows such as: West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Will Rogers Follies, and A Chorus Line. As a theatre educator, he directs musical theatre shows and master classes for students throughout the New York tristate area and Canada.

Jeffrey Campos (Musical Director) Jekyll & Hyde, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Saturday Night Fever, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Victor/Victoria, The Witches of Eastwick, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph ...Dreamcoat, 9 to 5, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, Sunset Boulevard (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Prima Donnettes, Too Darn Hot (Florida Studio Theatre), Mame (Cohoes). NYC: A Stoop on Orchard Street (Off-Broadway); NYC Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating) (Ars Nova); Show Choir (NYC Fringe); A New Generation of Song (NYMF); The Secret Garden, Human Comedy, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love, A New Brain, Forever Plaid, Proof (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Violet, The Wild Party, Like You Like It, City of Angels (Gallery Players); Jesus Christ Superstar (Producer’s Club). Orchestrations: Broadway Backwards (American Airlines Theatre). Developmental grant recipient from the Queens Council for the Arts for his musical The Man in the Iron Mask.

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