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Follow the Yellow Brick Road into Charleston

Provided by the Charleston Ballet Theatre

The Wizard Of Oz is coming to Charleston.

The Wizard Of Oz is coming to Charleston.

Get ready to join the creative cast of characters and follow along with Dorothy as she travels down the yellow brick road! Tickets are now on sale for The Wizard of Oz presented by CBT Center for Dance Education. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday March 23 and 2 p.m. on Sunday March 24 at the Sottile Theatre on the College of Charleston Campus. General Admission ticket prices are $15 Children and $29 Adults. Total running time is 90 Minutes with a 15-minute intermission. Online ticketing is available at www.charlestonballettheatreschool.org by phone at 723-7334.

In the Wizard of OZ, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. The production involves 79 cast members, ranging in age from 6 to 55 and includes Natalie Rossi from Richmond Ballet (Dorothy), and CBT Company Member Bridget Halloran (The Wicked Witch of the West). The work involves some former CBT dancers as well as outside professionals to dance alongside the talented children from the CBT Center for Dance Education.

The premiere of this original dance version of Wizard of Oz was scheduled for this spring during Charleston Ballet Theatre 2012-2013 Season. However, due to the company’s forced decision to cease operations, the plans for the Wizard of Oz to be produced by the non for profit professional company would have to be halted. Since that time, Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr and the Directors of the of the CBT Center for Dance Education School, Don & Patricia Cantwell, have made the decision to move forward and present the production under the auspices of the CBT Center for Dance Education.

As the Charleston Dance Scene continues to transition because of the dissolution of Charleston Ballet Theatre, non-for –Profit Corporation, the CBT Center for Dance Education will continue to present its four-week summer intensive workshop in July and August for pre-professional dancers and produce productions including a Nutcracker in 2013 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

The Wizard of Oz is well known for its wonderful music, but until now it has not been widely known as a dance production. According to Artistic Director Patricia Cantwell, “because the story is told without words, the most significant challenge in preparing for this production has been helping the dancers imbue their movements and expressions with the essence of the character they are portraying.” Children in the production will charm audiences as the Munchkins, the Winged Monkeys, and the citizens of Emerald City. Family-friendly activities scheduled include “Picture This,” a photo opportunity after the show that magically transports you to the Land of Oz Thirty minutes before show time is “Storybook Time,” where families can listen to Glinda the Good Witch of the South tell the story of The Wizard of Oz.

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