By MediaWize, OCNJDAILY
Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow to Ocean City Theatre Company’s unique telling of “The Wizard of Oz,” featuring the sounds of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.
The production runs through Aug. 11 at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center in Ocean City. The production features a cast of accomplished musical theater performers, spectacular musicians and special effects by ZFX Flying.
Since the classic movie first delighted audiences in 1939, this musical fantasy continues to thrill kids and adults worldwide. Featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film, the timeless tale includes the Academy Award-winning “Over the Rainbow,” plus “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” and more.
Sixteen summers ago, a sold-out run of “The Wizard of Oz” was part of OCTC’s inaugural season as a nonprofit performing arts organization.
Now celebrating the show’s “no place like home” theme, founding Artistic Director Michael Hartman returns to direct the show alongside OCTC’s original music director, Jonathan Kreamer, with choreography by Rachel Marlowe, who originated the role of “Dorothy” in OCTC’s 2008 production.
“Our production team is thrilled to revisit and reimagine a show that is very special to all of us,” Hartman said. “Our goal is that audiences will be swept away on a journey that is familiar yet exhilaratingly refreshing.”
“The Wizard of Oz,” which began running Aug. 2 continues Aug. 4, 8, 9, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $25 to $30 and can be purchased at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or by visiting any of the Ocean City welcome centers. You can also call 609-399-6111 for more information.