‘The Wiz’ comes to town

“The Wiz,” jointly produced by Kaua‘i Community Players and Hawai‘i Children’s Theatre, opens Nov. 14 and runs for two weekends.

“The Wiz” is based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and was the 1975 winner of seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Dorothy’s fantasy adventures in the Land of Oz are a musical blend of rock, soul and gospel. The lead role of Dorothy will be played by Kayla Sulliban, who has performed in many KPAC roles. Kameron Fort, Jeff Demma and Alan Van Zee will delight as the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion, respectively. 

Other featured performers include Ross Martineau as The Wiz and Karen Dickenson as Aunty Em. Summer Campbell plays Addaperle, and Jorey Cantu as Glinda The Good Witch. Kaua‘i Idol winner Shannon Link rules Oz as Evilene, The Wicked Witch of the West. 

Performances will be at the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e the weekends of Nov. 14, 15 and 16; and Nov. 21, 22 23. Fridays will be evening performances at 7 p.m.; Saturdays 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sundays 4 p.m. matinee.  

There will be two special public performances: a Nov. 16 matinee with all tickets for $5 plus a donation to the Kaua‘i Food Bank/Salvation Army. These tickets are available from cast members, the outlets and the door. Nov. 21 will be a special fundraiser performance. Along with the regular ticket price admission, there will be a $50 ticket which will include a back stage tour at 5 p.m., dinner, special guests, entertainment and preferred seating. These tickets will be available from cast members and by phone message reservation at the HCT or KCP office. Seating is limited.

School performances will be Nov. 13 and 20. Check with schools to see if they have reserved a space.

Tickets are available from the cast for $10, and for $12 at the following outlets: Kalaheo Coffee Co., Island Soap and Candle in Koloa and Kilauea, Papaya’s Natural Foods in Kapa‘a and Hanalei, and Kmart in Lihu‘e. At the door tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for students and kupuna. Children 4 and under are free.

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