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Wizard of Oz comes to Pulaski

P1360679By JENNIFER WADE

jennifer@southwesttimes.com

 

Rehearsals for Adaire Theatre’s 2014 production are under way. This year, the staff and production team has decided to come together to bring the classic film the “Wizard of Oz” to the stage. The 16-member cast started rehearsals on June 30 and the shows are scheduled to start later this month. The school has contracted to have some repainting done this month and that has caused some conflict with the rehearsal schedule.

Adaire Theatre began in 2012 with Snoopy, The Musical. Founder Kendall Payne was pleased with the response and decided to bring High School Musical to the stage on 2013. The fast-paced, technical production was a success, but this year, he decided to do something different.

“We wanted to do something simple, but effective,” said director and choreographer Keith McCoy. “This is a different experience. We want to let the imagination do the work.”

The simplicity could be seen in the set. A door on one side and wooden risers in the background were the only things on the stage. Ease of change was the goal and seemed to be within reach. Dancers and actors filled the stage as scenes were blocked and rehearsed. All lines were already memorized, so the production process is well underway.

Adaire Theatre is a professional level group and participants are treated as such. Rehearsals are all-day events and those involved are expected to be able to work hard. Understudies are built within the cast in case someone can’t perform his or her duties.

The show is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, Friday, July 18, Saturday, July 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 and 2 p.m. It is also scheduled for the following week, Thursday, July 24, Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for seniors and students.

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