PCPA’s 2012-2013 Season kicks off on November 8+ with the beloved family musical adventure, The Wizard of Oz. It plays in the Marian Theatre through December 26, 2012. Fly over the rainbow with Dorothy as she rides a twister into the merry and troubled land of Oz and learns that no matter how far our journeys take us – there’s no place like home.

Mark Booher will direct the story he calls the most-loved American fairytale. Setting this production apart from others is the employment of over 50 puppets along with innovative kinetic scenic elements. The puppets are designed by Emily DeCola (My Fairytale), and will play the roles of Toto, Munchkins, flying monkeys, and crows. Mr. Booher says that this production will be unlike any other Oz audiences have ever seen before, yet the story will be as familiar as the classic MGM motion picture. The production includes musical direction by Callum Morris, Choreography by Bryn Elizan Harris, scenic design by DeAnne Kennedy, costume design by Frederick P. Deeben, lighting design by Jennifer ‘Z’ Zornow, and sound design by Elisabeth Rebel. Equity Production Stage Manager is Christine Collins and Heather Newman is Stage Manager.

Among the large cast of nearly 50 actors who will be playing 80 characters is 2nd Year Acting Student Britney Simpson who will play Dorothy. Resident Artists (RAs) Erik Stein*, Andrew Philpot*, and Quinn Mattfeld* will play the Cowardly Lion, Tin Woodman, and Scarecrow respectively. Other RAs cast are Kitty Balay* as Aunt Em, Peter S. Hadres* as Wizard of Oz, Elizabeth Stuart* as Wicked Witch of the West, and Karin Hendricks as Glinda Good Witch of the North.

Written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was the first totally American fantasy for children and one of the most-read children’s books (according to the Library of Congress). The 1939 film starring Judy Garland was nominated for six Academy Awards but lost Best Picture to Gone with the Wind. It did win Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow” which nearly didn’t make it into the final cut. The film was reintroduced to the public with annual broadcasts that began in 1956 earning it the title “most-watched motion picture in history!”

Among the stage adaptations is the popular 1942 musical that was based on the book and the film using Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s popular songs. It was commissioned by the St. Louis “Muny” Opera. PCPA’s production is based on the 1987 version by John Kane who adapted the film’s screenplay for the Royal Shakespeare Company and that, according to Booher, is even more like the film than the Muny version.

PCPA is allowing children three and up to attend select matinee performances on November 24, December 8, 24, and 26. No children under five for all other performances.

For the best seating, lowest prices, and exclusive privileges become a season ticket holder. Subscription packages start with as few as four plays, or see all seven throughout the season for the ultimate theatre experience. Also available is the VIP Monthly Membership for just $20 a month. With the VIP Membership and the 7 play subscription – besides all the mainstage productions – you also receive special invitations to behind the scenes events in the PCPA Conservatory.

Call the box office – (805) 922-8313 – between 12:30 and 7pm Wednesday through Sunday for tickets and information. Information about Group Sales for 12 or more patrons may be obtained by contacting kstegall@pcpa.org or by calling 928-7731 ext 4150.

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* Member, Actors’ Equity Association
+Performances of November 8 and 9 are Sold Out.

Just the facts

What The Wizard of Oz
When November 8 – December 26, 2012
Venue Marian Theatre
800 S. College, Santa Maria, CA
GPS – 1100 S. Bradley, Santa Maria, CA 93454
Times 7pm Friday, Saturday and select Sundays and a Wednesday
1:30pm Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and a select Monday and Thursday
Tickets $29.50 – $32.50 with discounts for child, student, senior
Box Office (805) 922-8313 – Wednesday – Sunday 12:30 – 7pm
Internet www.pcpa.org
Young Children Performances Children as young as 3-years old may attend the 1:30 performances on:
11/24, 12/8, 12/24, and 12/26.

No children under five for all other performances.

PCPA’s 49th Season
2012 – 2013

The Wizard of OZ November 8 – December 26 Marian Theatre, Santa Maria
The Tempest February 21 – March 20 Severson Theatre, Santa Maria
Fiddler on the Roof April 25 – May 12 Clark Center, Arroyo Grande
June 13 – July 6 Solvang Festival Theater
Monty Python’s Spamalot July 13 – August 10 Solvang Festival Theater
Always…Patsy Cline August 8 – 31 Severson Theatre, Santa Maria
September 6 – 15 Solvang Festival Theater
Cyrano de Bergerac August 17 – September 1 Solvang Festival Theater
Clybourne Park September 12 – 29 Severson Theatre, Santa Maria
Now in its 49th season, PCPA Theaterfest is the Central Coast’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, and has infused the national theatre scene with thousands of trained actors and technicians over the years in its conservatory. The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) of Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California supports a unique, fully-accredited vocational training program for aspiring actors and theatre technicians. PCPA is the only training program of its kind offered by a community college in the United States.