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'The Wiz' opens this weekend at Marian

  • SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School will present three performances of the musical production "The Wiz" this weekend. Cast members include: Damian Richards as the Coach (Cowardly Lion); Christopher Postupack as the Janitor (Tin Man…
    SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Marian Catholic High School will present three performances of the musical production "The Wiz" this weekend. Cast members include: Damian Richards as the Coach (Cowardly Lion); Christopher Postupack as the Janitor (Tin Man); Samantha Faust as Dorothy; Dylan Quick as the Student (Scarecrow); Sabrina Krupko as Glinda; Nicole Collevechio as Addaperle; Tiffany Grutza as Evillene; Zachary Mrochko as The Wiz; and Andrew Kelly as the Royal Gatekeeper.
Published April 19. 2013 05:03PM

The yellow brick road can be found at Marian Catholic High School this weekend as the Marian Class of 2103 presents the musical "The Wiz."

While remaining mostly faithful to the L. Frank Baum classic "The Wizard of Oz," the stage production takes Dorothy back to Oz and the old, familiar characters, with some twists.

The first musical adaptation of Baum's book was presented at the Majestic Theatre in New York City in 1903.

The latest production, the fifth, is a concept of producer Ken Harper, with a book written by Wiliam F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.

The world premiere of "The Wiz" was held at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 21, 1974.

Following engagements in Detroit and Philadelphia, it opened in New York once again at the Majestic Theatre, on Jan. 5, 1975.

MGM studios produced the classic movie featuring Judy Garland in 1939.

Marian's production is being presented by permission from Samuel French, INC., NYC.

Cast members, in order of appearance, are: Dorothy, Samantha Faust; Student (Scarecrow), Dylan Quirk; Janitor (Tin Man), Christopher Postupack; Coach (Cowardly Lion), Damian Richards; Aunt Em, Kasey Rossell; Uncle Henry, Joseph Orsulack; First Munchkin/Citizen, Joseph Turner; Second Munchkin/Citizen, Sara Fatula; Third Munchkin/Citizen, Eugene Brady; Fourth Munchkin/Citizen, Molly McMullen; Fifth Munchkin/Citizen, Patrick McGettigan; Munchkins, Jessica DeLash, Marykate Sherkness, Sarah Zurawa; Addaperle, Nicole Collevechio; Royal Gatekeeper, Andrew Kelly; The Wiz, Zachary Mrochko; Evillene, Tiffany-Lynn Grutza; Lady high Underling, Jessica DeLash; Soldier Messenger 1, Sarah Zurawa; Soldier Messenger 2, Marykate Sherkness; Winged Monkeys, Corey Quick, John Julian; Flying Monkeys, Michael Gottstein, Ryan Karnish, Philip Marzen, Eric Swankoski

Other cast members include: Glinda, Sabrina Krupko; Voice of Toto, Corey Quick (Friday and Saturday) and Jessica Herron (Sunday); Tornado/Crows/Yellow Brick Road/Ballet, Lea Chocolas, Theresa DeFebo, Jessica Herron, Abbey Hill, Emily Honis, Mary Rose Kassock, Kara Sedlack and Amy Skotek; Munchkins/Emerald City Citizens, Molly Balliet, Mia Casale, Emily DeSantis, Sabrina Krupko, Joseph Orsulak and Kasey Rossell.

The show will be directed by Judith A. Martini; assistant director is Robert Valente; musical director/orchestra is Michael Brimmer.

The choreographer is Kelly Franks. Costumes and props are Anne Caggiano; scene painting, Annette Bechtel; set design, Lou Ceci, Harold Betterly and Zach Mrochko.

One of the musical numbers, "Ease on Down the Road," will feature the Marian Catholic pit singers, orchestra, crew and senior class, in a cornucopia of singing and dancing.

Performances will be held on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Marian High School is located at 166 Marian Ave. in Hometown. For more information call (570) 467-0641.

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