Wizard of Oz

Tickets are on sale now for four performances of “The Wizard of Oz,” a musical production featuring dozens of area children and adults.

The beloved musical will be presented by the Southeast Arkansas Concert Association Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, with shows at 7 p.m. each evening, plus a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Performances will be held at the Fine Arts Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased in the office of the UAM Music building Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by calling 870-460-1060.

Pictured above is Professor Marvel, played by Craig Grantham. He shows Dorothy, played by Madison Carson, a crystal ball during a recent rehearsal.

“This is the third consecutive year that Seark has staged a musical production featuring local talent,” said association president Susan Akin, “as well as the third year that Commercial Bank has sponsored the event for us. Our past performances of ‘Seussical’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ have been crowd favorites and we know that audiences will enjoy this one as well. Our director, Kathy Lyon, her helpers and the cast have worked very hard over the past couple of months, learning songs and choreography, and we cannot wait to showcase the results! Anyone wishing to order tickets is urged to do so right away, as they are going fast!”

Most of the roles have been double-cast, with different actors playing the same part at different performances. In addition to the four public shows, the show will be presented six different times in free matinees for third graders in the seven counties served by Seark Concert Association. More than 2,400 students and teachers will attend these shows. Other free events that Seark provides for K-12th graders include “Rumplestiltskin” by Stevens Puppets, “Peter Pan” by Arkansas Festival Ballet, and the UAM Combo and Full Ensemble Jazz Bands.