The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions – the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, whom she meets on the way – Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.
This stage version of THE WIZARD OF OZ was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1987. Featuring book adaptations by John Kane, this RSC Version follows the famous motion picture even more closely than its predecessor.
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Directed by Buddy Todd
Buddy has been directing/assistant directing/choreographing for the last 20 years, most recently Charlotte’s Web with Second Story Theatre and Last Fall with Fantastic Z. Other shows from 2016 include: The Games Afoot with Renton Civic Theatre (where he also choreographed Annie in 2012); Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Black Box Theatre in Edmonds; The Long Christmas Dinner and A Child’s Christmas in Wales for Stone Soup Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof with Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre; The Fantastiks and Ruthless! The Musical with Eastern Washington University; How I Became a Pirate and The Nutcracker with Spokane Children’s Theater; and Dearly Departed at Spokane Civic Theatre. Concurrently, Buddy is choreographing Little Shop of Horrors at the Black Box Theatre in Edmonds and looks forward to directing at Renton Civic next season.
Musical Direction by Reece Sauvé
Reece Sauvé is excited to be part of the music education program at Bainbridge Performing Arts! Over the past few years, he has garnered wide attention in niche circles for his work as a musical theatre director, pianist, vocalist, actor, and music teacher for all ages. His passion for performance quality is matched only by his passion for fun in the rehearsal process.
Reece studied piano performance and conducting at Willamette University and choral direction at Central Washington University. While at CWU, he co-founded the award-winning acapella ensemble Nada Cantata. Since its formation, the group has flourished and is now the flagship ensemble of an entire acapella program which thrives at the university entering its third generation of student-leadership.
His performance style is expressive, robust, and lends itself well to the dramatic nature of Musical Theatre. He exhibits a buoyant, magnetic energy in the rehearsal space and works hard to make sure that his students and casts are performing to their utmost potential when the curtain comes up.
His show credits as an actor include Company (Bobby), Peter Pan (Smee), and Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion). He has served as music and vocal director throughout Kitsap and Mason counties on titles including Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Annie and has lent his skills as an accompanist to shows such as Sound of Music, Urinetown, Ruthless!, and Pirates of Penzance.
Choreography by Angela Snyder
Angela Snyder is a performing and teaching artist who has worked with numerous companies on many stages all over the PNW. She currently teaches Dance Technique in the Intensive program with Studio East and most recently appeared in Little Shop of Horrors with Reboot Theatre Company. In addition she holds a BA in Drama/Minor in Music from the University of Washington and pursued her graduate studies in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at EWU. Fun fact: The Wizard of Oz was the very first musical Angela performed in at age 10 in which she played the Guardian of the Gate of Munchkin City, and she is very excited to revisit the Merry Ole Land of Oz!
Dorothy: Emily Fox
Zeke / Cowardly Lion: Matty McCaslin
Hunk / Scarecrow: Shane Patrick Hoffmann
Hickory / Tinman: Jon Payne
Autie Em / Glinda: Grace Helmcke
Almira Gulch / Wicked Witch: Christine Salo
Professor Marvel / Wizard of Oz: Peter Simpson
Uncle Henry: Sammy Orrey
Trio / Tree / Crow / Beautician / Jitterbug 1: Renee Messinger
Trio / Tree / Crow / Manicurist / Winkie: Corrie Yadon
Trio / Tree / Crow / Polisher / Flying Monkey: Jordyn Carrillo
Ww Twin / Winkie General / Teacher / 2nd Woman: Karen Bertram
Emerald City Guard / Tough Guy / Flying Monkey: Carter Wolff
Nikko / Tough Guy / Oz Man: Austin Smith
Braggart / Jitterbug 4 / Poppy / Winkie: Brearley-Jayne Curfman
Coroner / Poppy / Jitterbug 2 / Winkie: Keira Bertram
Mayor / Flying Monkey: Gracie Payne
Barrister / Ghost / Poppy / Winkie: Rose Weaver
Lullaby Tot / Ghost / Poppy: Dolly Courtway
Lullaby Tot / Ghost / Poppy: Olivia Opalski
Beautician / Oz woMan / Flying Monkey: Cate Shelton
Polisher / Jitterbug 3 / City Father / Winkie: Kayla Cortes
Manicurist / City Father / Lullaby Tot / Poppy: Addie Beermann
Adults - $29.00 USD
Discounted - $24.00 USD
December 7 – 22, 2018