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The Wizard of Oz at Players

Peoria Players Theatre is proud to present the beloved classic and musical fantasy The Wizard of Oz.  Back by popular demand and a favorite among audiences of all ages, The Wizard of Oz was one of Peoria Players’ Audience Choice winners for their 100th season. Come see Dorothy, her dog, Toto, and friends, the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion and together be whisked away down the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz.

After a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy is swept away from all she knows to the Land of Oz and an enchanting city inhabited by Munchkins and their guardian friend, Glinda, The Good Witch of the North. She gets some new shoes and quickly learns she’s made an enemy of The Wicked Witch of the West and longs to find her way back home to her family. She is told of a great and powerful Wizard that may hold the key. But how does she find him? Well, by following the Yellow Brick Road, of course. So off she goes on her journey where she is greeted by new and memorable friends, the Scarecrow, Tinman and a Cowardly Lion who have reasons of their own to join in her quest.

But on their way they find their determination tested as they have to dodge the revengeful Wicked Witch of the West and her dastardly flying monkeys who with stop at nothing to keep them all from reaching the Emerald City and the great Wizard of Oz! In the end, the lesson to be learned is that “there’s no place like home.”

Director Jimmy Ulrich has an impressive list of directing credits under his belt, most recently, the record-breaking smash hit, Mamma Mia! He is honored to direct this production to open Peoria Players’ 100th season. Jimmy says, “I think it’s the perfect way to kick off the centennial season. I have always been eager to direct ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It was my first show I ever did. I was 9 years old when I was in the Community Children’s Theatre production.”

Some of the cast includes Lauren Deppe (Dorothy); Chip Joyce (Scarecrow); Payton Drake (Tinman); Joe Suau (Cowardly Lion); Laura Steffey (Glinda); Leslie Foti (The Wicked Witch); Julie Simmons (Aunt Em); Jim Babrowski (Uncle Henry); Fred Schoen (The Wizard) and many more new and familiar faces! Also playing Toto for the second time is Ozzie Kocher!  Directed by Jimmy Ulrich, choreographed by Dedra Kaiser, and music directed by Jaclyn Wessol Hattermann; with orchestra director Shawn Degenhart; this is a classic you won’t want to miss!

Audiences attending The Wizard of Oz will also be delighted to enjoy the show in brand new and comfortable theatre seats. After undergoing a lobby and auditorium renovation, Peoria Players is ready to open its 100th consecutive season!

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are now on sale. You can purchase tickets by visiting peoriaplayers.org or by calling the box office at 309-688-4473. Performances will take place on September 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm and September 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for patrons 20 and younger.

The Wizard of Oz
Peoria Players Theatre
September 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 – 7:30 pm
September 8, 9, 15 and 16 – 2:00 pm

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