The cast of THE WIZ (L-R) Tia Jemison, Scott Daniel, Allyson Tolbert, Sharon E. Scott, Sara DelBeato, Chris Walker, Whitney Drake, Torrey Thomas, Darryl Reuben Hall, Georgia Mallory Guy, Jesse Rodriguez, and Rodner Salgado | Photo by Chad Jacobs
THE WIZ, our 29th Annual American Stage in the Park production opened with our Annual Gala Under the Stars Fundraiser last Friday. It also marks the return of some of the same creative team that brought THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW to Demens Landing in 2012 (director Karla Hartley and choreographer Domenic Bisesti). In this fresh take on the time-told classic, Dorothy (Whitney Drake) travels to the Land of Oz, and she’s walking on a road paved in rock, gospel, and soul! This beloved Broadway musical – winner of 7 Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is a dazzling multi-cultural journey that will take you to the most fantastical places…and back home again.
Every year, as a part of the American Stage in the Park tradition, we partner with various organizations around the area to create various theme nights. Bring your co-workers, family, and friends and spread the word on Facebook and Twitter; our theme nights this year include: Pets in the Park Night, City of St. Petersburg Night, Hospitality Night, Buy Local Night (in partnership with LocalShops1), tbt* Night, LGBT Night, Bicycle Night, Educators Night, and Front and Center for Wellness presented by Bayfront Health. Click the above banner image for full details on each of these great events!
American Stage is excited to be partnering with Creative Clay for a fun Instagram contest that celebrates both artwork from Creative Clay’s Artlink program and the 29th Annual American Stage in the Park production of THE WIZ running from April 9 through May 4, 2014. This partnership allows for Artlink teams to create unique artwork inspired by this musical. ARTLINK teams will observe the theatrical rehearsal process and translate their behind-the-scenes inspirations to their own artistic creations. Click the above banner image for full details! The contest ends on April 28, 2014.
Still not convinced that the journey to see THE WIZ is a trip worth taking? Then check out what the critics have to say! Click on each of these excerpts to view the full reviews:
“Fresh…entertaining, fast-moving and fun [with] sass to spare…Sharon Scott, a veteran performer with a mammoth voice, plays three roles. When she opens the second act as wicked witch Evillene, the energy really starts to pop. Scott is hilarious…On the duet Be A Lion, [Whitney] Drake and [Sara] DelBeato send a stunning harmony into the night sky…When we meet the Wiz, the set by Scott Cooper really starts to come to delicious life.” -Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times