Deer Park Displays Theater Talent with Wonderful ‘Wiz’

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After arduous rehearsals stretching back to January, high school student actors and director James Henry brought the musical “The Wiz” to life in three vibrant performances on March 17, 18 and 19.

“The Wiz,” a beloved Broadway gem telling the timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz, infuses L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. Written by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown, the 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards and was adapted into a 1978 film.

Starring in Deer Park’s powerful production were Alec Winters as the Wiz, Destiny Parsons as Dorothy, Allie Costanza as Glinda, Averi Lacoff as Scarecrow, Joseph DeNoyior as Tinman, Kenneth Del Cid as Lion, Alexandra Lane as Aunt Em, Samantha Colon as Addaperle and Olivia Grizzle as Evilene.

Scott Abrams served as musical director and lighting designer, Catherine Lubrano as assistant director, Kristen Wallace as choreographer, Catherine Thompson as sound designer, and Kyle McCourt as set designer. The colorful playbill was created by student director Anthony Henkel.

“This was the 12th musical I have directed and I was so excited to put this show on again,” said Henry. “I previously directed this show back in 2006 when it was only my second year of teaching and directing, so it was nice to direct it with more experience under my belt. The students we work with are so talented and make it fun to be at rehearsal with them.”