FSU Students Participate In Wizard Of Oz, Paint Yellow Brick Road & Join Cast

What two things are synonymous with the Wizard of Oz, the yellow brick road and Dorothy's infamous red slippers. Over a dozen students from Ringling School of Art and Design and Florida State University volunteered their time to design and paint a yellow brick road on the promenade at the Van Wezel, adjacent to the parking lot. Once you walk down this magical road you will be transported to the wonderful world of Oz.

One of the greatest family musicals of all time, The Wizard Of Oz, is touching down at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for three performances: Saturday, Apr. 25 (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Sunday, Apr. 26 (2 p.m.).

Twelve students provided by Julie Rohr Academy will perform as "munchkins" at the Sarasota engagement of the beloved classic. The children were selected winners from the youths who auditioned for the show with Leigh Constantine, choreographer from the national touring company NETworks Presentations, LLC.

Mary Bensel, Director of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, said the opportunity to cast local students in the show was "a perfect opportunity" for the community's many talented students to enrich their education and involvement in the performing arts. "Sarasota is known as a cultural hotbed for those who live and visit here - an ideal that is nurtured in our schools," she said. "Students learn to appreciate - and become involved in - the arts at a young age."

In collaboration with the Honor Sanctuary, The Wizard Of Oz National Tour and the Van Wezel we are offering a 10$ off coupon/voucher to people who donate pet items to the Honor Sanctuary. We have been in several places including the Van Wezel Box Office, Petco and the Honor Sanctuary.


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