Lincoln Middle School Theatre presents a modern staging
of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” with multiple shows today through
Sunday, Feb. 24.
The performances will be held at the Lincoln Middle
School auditorium, 1501 California Avenue in Santa Monica.
The young actors have been rehearsing twice a week since
September, as well as attending workshops by performers who were formerly on
Broadway or part of prestigious theatrical companies such as Cirque du Soleil
The unique vision for the production was to create a
world not commonly associated with this show, using “found” items wherever
possible. Costumes were made from vintage store finds while an abundance of
rolling set pieces give the show a mobile presence, allowing the audience to
witness the set changes, and to use their imagination to visualize various
aspects of the show.
Director Chad Jason Scheppner, back for his third
consecutive year at Lincoln Middle School Theatre, has worked as a teacher,
director, writer, workshop organizer instructor, and administrator of the
performing arts for children and adults for the past 20 years.
As the founder of Theatre 31, his overall objective is
to provide fun, non-competitive performing arts classes that give students the
opportunity to strengthen their skills and build self-esteem, courage,
confidence and compassion in their lives and their art.
This weekend’s program is made possible through the
generous contributions of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, the
Lincoln Middle School PTSA, as well as a team of dedicated parents volunteers.
The performances times are as follows: Friday, Feb. 22
at 7 pm, Saturday Feb. 23 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit lmsptsa.org.
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