Darton State College News & Events - Follow the Yellow Brick Road To Darton State College For “The Wizard of Oz” April 11-14
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road To Darton State College For “The Wizard of Oz” April 11-14
March 20, 2013
The Darton State College Theater Department will present "The Wizard of Oz" April 11-14 at the Darton Theater. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. The performance is free with a Darton State College ID. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance after April 1 by calling (229) 317-6554 or (229) 317-6875.
The performance, which will be the Royal Shakespeare Company version, will contain similarities to and differences from the original film, said Deborah Liss-Green, professor of theater at Darton State and director of the production.
"We plan to tell the story in a particularly theatrical style, using the magic of live actors and story theatre techniques to tell the tale," she said.
The play is a collaboration among theater, dance, broadcast journalism and music departments. A live orchestra, conducted by Darton State Music Professor Steve Scott, will play music from the 1939 MGM version, and dance professor Dr. Elizabeth Delancy, with the assistance of student Taylor Singletary, will choreograph scenes involving dance. Brian Perkins, director of the broadcast journalism department, will create the video effects.
The cast will feature students from Darton State College and 30 local school children ranging in age from 4-13 years old.
Liss-Green said "The Wizard of Oz" has been magical for her since her childhood.
"'Over the Rainbow' is the song I sang my children to sleep when they were babies, and my husband directed the show when we first moved to Georgia," she said. "In fact, Chelsie Battle, who plays Aunt Em/Glinda the Good Witch of the North, was in his production when she was a child."
"Dorothy's journey is so powerful because it appeals to our human longing for something more, something just out of reach. The story taps into the power of the human imagination and child-like sense of play. It's a hugely fun piece to work on, and our student and child-actors make me smile and laugh every rehearsal," she added.
Performances begin at 8 p.m., April 11-13; the April 14 performance begins at 2 p.m. The Darton Theater is in the J Building.