THE WIZ JR.

YOUTH MUSICAL
Book by WILLIAM F. BROWN
Music and Lyrics by CHARLIE SMALLS
Directed by Greg Williams, Jr.
Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
Theatre for Young Audiences! Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz are set to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Everybody knows the story, but this re-invented fantasy is dazzling, mysterious and opulent. Join Dorothy and her friends as they “Ease On Down the Road” to ... The Wiz! This fabulous cast will feature over 40 young actors, singers and dancers. The cast will range from ages 7 to 17 and will have a blast with such fun musical numbers and dances.
PERFORMANCES DATES
Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday,June 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m.

VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Shaver Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
RUN TIME
90 minutes, with no intermission
TICKETS
Regular Admission | $20
Students With Valid ID| $15
Groups of 10 or More | $15 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.
CAST
DOROTHY: Kerrington Jade Griffin
ADAPEARLE: Kennedi Davenport
GLENDA: Martique Redditt
EVILENE: Maniquwa Holmes
LION: Zion Johnson
SCARECROW: Anthony Burton Jr.
TINMAN: Gabriel Bostick
THE WIZ: Kooper Smith
AUNT EM: Stephanie George
TOTO: Laila Miles

THE WONDERS:
Alysse Davis (Winkie, First Munchkin, Third Citizen)
Arien Williams (Crow, Winkie, First Citizen)
Autumn Edwards (Winkie, Messenger)
Devin Bureau (Gatekeeper, Winkie)
Dion Sideboard Jr. (Crow, Winkie, Second Munchkin, Leader Monkey)
Dre’lan Evans (Crow, Winkie, Second Citizen, Lord High Underling)
Jarvis Stewart (Uncle Henry, Winkie, Fifth Citizen)
Kimberlin R. Gaston (Winkie, Third Munchkin)
LeKeldria Whitfield (Winkie, Fifth Munchkin)
Nia James (Winkie, Fourth Munchkin, Fourth Citizen)


FEATURED DANCERS:
Breanna Davis
Chyna Ceazer
Jerome Washington
Kari Machelle Johnson
Kodie Danay Brown
Macie Sentino
Madison Evans
MiKeisha Anderson
Naveah Robertson
Queline Ketchens
Reese Thomas
Tameia Hayes
Trinity Star Alexander
Vanessa Williams
Zaria Brown

ENSEMBLE:
Addison Jordan
Aniyah Bailey
Carin Marchelle
Charis Gaston
Elyse Bailey
Forest Raetzsch
Hannah Dunn
Jackson Dammers
Kerrington Kelly
Omarion Jones
Yasmin Legier

AGE RECOMMENDATION
G- Rated Show (Recommended for All Ages)
Appropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.
CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Greg Williams, Jr.
Assistant Director: Krystal Blatcher
Stage Manager: Kayla Basco
Choreographer: Dwight Bell
Music Director: Allison Blumenthal
Sound Designer:Christopher D. Daniel
Scenic Designer: Kelly Latchie
Lighting Designer: Greg Williams, Jr.
Props Master: Melanie Williams
Production Manager: Christopher D. Daniel
Costume Designer: Laketa Caston
Hair and Wig Designer: Laketa Caston
Wardrobe Assistant: Christian Jones
Media and Photography: Frederick Price III
Marketing and Communications: Alvin A. Temple
Dance Captains: Kodie Danay Brown, Trinity Star Alexander, and Vanessa Williams

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We are ONE WEEK AWAY from opening night for THE WIZ JR. Shows are selling out fast! Get your tickets at nvtarts.org today!

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from opening night for THE WIZ JR. Shows are selling out fast! Get your tickets at nvtarts.org today!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz'

1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film.

2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 
3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 
4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter.

5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson.

6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 
7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 
8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 
9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem.

10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 
11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture.

12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

12 Things You May Not Have Known About 'The Wiz' 1. Berry Gordy and Motown Productions bought the rights to the musical so it could be made into a film. 2. Stephanie Mills, who was also signed to Motown Records, was a favorite to reprise her Broadway role of Dorothy in the 1978 film. But Diana Ross reportedly lobbied Gordy and producers to land the iconic role. 3. Ross was 33 when The Wiz was filmed, two decades older than 14-year-old Dorothy. 4. Director Sidney Lumet stepped in for Badham. At the time, Lumet was married to Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne’s (Glinda the Good Witch) daughter. 5. Jimmie Walker was Lumet’s first choice to play the Scarecrow. But producer Rob Cohen wanted a singer for the role and convinced Lumet to cast Michael Jackson. 6. Ben Vereen was supposed to play the Tin Man and was replaced at the last minute by Nipsey Russell. 7. Ted Ross (the Cowardly Lion) and Mabel King (Evillene) were the only two stars to reprise their Broadway roles in the 1978 film. 8. She was uncredited in the film, but Robin Givens was a guest at Aunt Em’s party. It was her first on-screen role. 9. Did Dorothy live in Harlem or Brooklyn? She says her address is 433 Prospect Place, which is in Brooklyn. But in the film, Aunt Em says Dorothy has never been below 125th Street in Harlem. 10. Several landmarks in New York City are the backdrop of the film. 11. Michael Jackson won an NAACP Image Award for best actor in The Wiz. The film won the award for best picture. 12. Coming in at a whopping $24 million, it was the most expensive musical to be produced at the time. The film only brought in $13 million.

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from getting on that midnight train to Georgia! So, come on out to New Venture Theatre’s annual fundraiser ONE NIGHT ONLY: MisCast @ Motown and hear some of the most talented artist in the Baton Rouge area. Tickets are on sale now NVTarts.org or you can call 225-588-7576. You don’t want to to miss it! So don’t MEET me there BEAT me there!

Today is the LAST DAY to get your Early Bird Discount tickets for only $15! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get them now before it's too late!
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Today is the LAST DAY to get your Early Bird Discount tickets for only $15! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get them now before it's too late! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Your chance to ease on down the road, at a fraction of the cost in nearing its end! Only FOUR days left!!! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get your Early Bird Tickets until June 1st for only $15!
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Edit: Corrected graphic from the post made on 05/29/2018

Your chance to ease on down the road, at a fraction of the cost in nearing its end! Only FOUR days left!!! Visit www.nvtarts.org to get your Early Bird Tickets until June 1st for only $15! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT Edit: Corrected graphic from the post made on 05/29/2018

Let's be honest--Y'all got it!
Oz isn't ready for this cuteness overload! Baton Rouge say hello to our magnificent cast of The Wiz, Jr.!
Now, go get your tickets at www.nvtarts.org & support this talented cast!
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Let's be honest--Y'all got it! Oz isn't ready for this cuteness overload! Baton Rouge say hello to our magnificent cast of The Wiz, Jr.! Now, go get your tickets at www.nvtarts.org & support this talented cast! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

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We remember & honor. #MemorialDay #WeRemember #ThankYou

As if you can't tell from this picture, we are having a BLAST as rehearsals...ease on down the road! If you think this looks like a lot of fun, you should go to www.nvtarts.org & reserve your tickets today! You don't want to be left behind while we are all off in Oz! Don't wait! Get them tickets now before someone else gets them! And your little dog too! 🐕😱
...okay, maybe not your dog but GO GET THOSE TICKETS!😂
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

As if you can't tell from this picture, we are having a BLAST as rehearsals...ease on down the road! If you think this looks like a lot of fun, you should go to www.nvtarts.org & reserve your tickets today! You don't want to be left behind while we are all off in Oz! Don't wait! Get them tickets now before someone else gets them! And your little dog too! 🐕😱 ...okay, maybe not your dog but GO GET THOSE TICKETS!😂 #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Just a reminder that our annual fund raiser is less than a month away! We've got ONE NIGHT ONLY & we want to spend it with YOU! Get your tickets today at www.nvtarts.org
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
#WeLoveNVT #OneNightOnly #MiscastAtMowtown

Just a reminder that our annual fund raiser is less than a month away! We've got ONE NIGHT ONLY & we want to spend it with YOU! Get your tickets today at www.nvtarts.org We are looking forward to seeing you there! #WeLoveNVT #OneNightOnly #MiscastAtMowtown

Here's a chance to ease on down the road, but at a fraction of the cost! Get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $15 until June 1st!
To get them, visit our website at nvtarts.org
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Here's a chance to ease on down the road, but at a fraction of the cost! Get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $15 until June 1st! To get them, visit our website at nvtarts.org #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT