Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rome Little Theatre’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ opens March 29


Rome Little Theatre will present its production of "The Wizard of Oz" March 29 to April 7 at the historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome. Opening weekend will include a Friday evening performance at 8 as well as two performances on Saturday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, March 31. The second weekend of performances, April 5 to 7, will include Friday and Saturday evening shows at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.


"The Wizard of Oz" is the classic story of Dorothy Gale, a young girl who is transported by a tornado from her home in Kansas to the magical Land of Oz. There, she is befriended by the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion and meets all kinds of creatures, such as Munchkins, Jitterbugs, Winkies, and Flying Monkeys as well as the good witch Glinda, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the Wizard of Oz. During her adventure, Dorothy learns the power of friendship and that there is no place like home. The story is based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and was given a place in film history with the 1939 film adaptation starring Judy Garland. Rome Little Theatre's production includes the classic songs "Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain," and "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead."


The cast and crew of more than 100 includes Christian Arendt (Dorothy), Gary Jones (Scarecrow), Todd Williams (Tinman), and Jackson Williamson (Lion). The show is directed by Don Rusaw and produced by Allison Dolbeer.


Rome Little Theatre invites the community to experience the excitement and fun of live theater and the charm of the historic DeSoto Theatre and downtown Rome. Community members are also invited to meet Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion on Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House.


Tickets are available by visiting the Rome Little Theatre box office in the historic DeSoto Theatre at 530 Broad St. in Rome or by calling the box office at 706.295.7171. Ticket prices are $14 for adults and $12 for students, seniors, and groups.


To learn more about any of the shows in Rome Little Theatre's current and upcoming seasons, please visit romelittletheatre.com, or call 706.295.7171.

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