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"The WIZ"

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Who:

Benedict College Fine Arts Department Theatre Ensemble
Directed by Charles David Brook, III

What: The Wiz

When:

November 14-16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
November 17, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

Where:

Henry Ponder Fine Arts Theatre
(Benedict College campus)

Cost:

$5.00 Admission for Students, Children, Military and Senior Citizens (With ID)
$8.00 for Adults

Group Tickets:

25 Tickets - $175
50 Tickets - $375
100 Tickets - $775

Ticket Office Times:

Fine Arts Bu ilding - Room 325
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Little Theater 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please call 803-705-4358 to arrange for pick-ups

The Magical Story:

The Wiz is based on the classic fairy tale The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The Wiz is a Tony award-winning musical which features an all Black cast's adaptation of the story we all know and love. In the story, Dorothy is blown by a tornado into munchkin land where she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. They all go off to see the Wizard of Oz, who turns out to be a fraud, but she learns to believe in herself and they all live happily ever after.

Play director, Charles Brooks, III has assembled a large cast that represents true community engagement from across the Columbia Metropolitan. Joining Benedict College in this major production will be students from Allen University, Columbia College, Lexington School District, and local professionals who desire to share their talents with the College community and inspire another generation through the arts.

Brooks has also team up with musical director and conductor, Gregory McPherson (Allen University); The Wiz Orchestra will be directed by Herman Jones (Benedict College), choreography by Chinesa Brown (Benedict College), costume design by Shirley Goodwin (Benedict College), stage manager Christopher Charlot (Benedict College) and Student Intern Director Marcus Adams (Benedict College).

The Wiz opened at the Majestic Theatre in the heart of New York City and was directed by the amazing Geoffrey Holder, on January 5, 1975 with a cast that featured Stephanie Mills (Dorothy), Hinton Battle (Scarecrow), Tiger Haynes (Tin Man), Ted Ross (Lion) and Mabel King (Witch). The production enjoyed an astounding run of 1,672 performances and won 7 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and "Best Score." The most popular song from the production was "", sung by Stephanie Mills and the other characters as they dance down the famous yellow brick road.

The 1978 film version featured Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor.

Synopsis, the Cast and more information

Media Contact(s):

Kymm Hunter, Communications and Marketing Director  705.4519
hunterk@benedict.edu

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