Working With The Wiz

Twenty-one young 92130 residents are taking to the stage for the JCompany Youth Theatre’s production of The Wiz. Several of the talented young performers will have starring roles in the musical. Lily Ruffner will play the Wicked Witch, Amber Bartlett will play Aunt Em, and Moira Hall will play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. The play is a retelling of Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of the politically, culturally, and socially charged atmosphere of the ‘60s, featuring musical numbers performed by a diverse and talented cast of local kids.

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The Wiz mirrors modern day issues with its social commentary, while maintaining the message of transformation that has always been at the root of the original story in a fun and lighthearted way. The original 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score with songs such as “Ease On Down The Road,” “Brand New Day,” “If You Believe,” and “Home.”

JCompany is the youth theater program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, providing young artists with the opportunity to develop their creative potential and express themselves through the dramatic arts. Performances of The Wiz run Jan. 13 to 29. For tickets or more information visit www.sdcjc.org/jc.