VIDEO: Westport Country Playhouse Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ

Westport Country Playhouse's Family Festivities Series will present the classic musical, "The Wizard of Oz," on Sunday, March 17. The show is produced by Vital Theatre Company.

Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m., approximately one-hour in length, and appropriate for ages 2 to 7. Tickets are $20 each.

Audiences will rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz, featuring the Munchkins, a flying monkey, and a witch.

The show includes music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, and is directed and choreographed by Clint Hromsco.

Since its founding in 1999, Vital Theatre Company, the show's producer, has been honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical and two Awards for Excellence by Off-Off Broadway Review. Now entering its 20th anniversary season, the company has presented over 75 original productions for over 300,000 children and their families.

An upcoming Family Festivities show will be "Angelina Ballerina The Musical," on Sunday, April 7. Angelina is excited to show off her dance skills to a famous visitor from Camembert Academy, but will Angelina get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the animated series "Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps," the show is produced by Vital Theatre Company and appropriate for ages 2 to 7.

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them. At each Family Festivities performance, bins will be located in the Playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children's books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow. During last season's Family Festivities series, the Playhouse collected nearly 300 books.

Family Festivities Corporate Sponsor is Pitney Bowes. The Family Festivities Series is also supported by the Westport Young Woman's League.

All artists, titles, and dates subject to change. Everyone in the audience requires a ticket. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).


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