Don’t expect a “splatter zone” in the newest production from See ‘Em on Stage, the theater company best known for their gory, pop culture-inspired productions like last year’s bloody B-movie take on Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” or the rock musical “Lizzie” about the murderous Lizzie Borden.
Instead, the company is taking on “The Wiz,” the 1975 Broadway musical that infuses “The Wizard of Oz” with a healthy dose of soul and funk. The show, running March 9-25, is a coproduction with the Delgado Community College Theatre Department.
“It’s different from anything else we’ve ever done,” admits Christopher Bentivegna, Artistic Director of See ‘Em On Stage and director of “The Wiz.” “It’s a little more wholesome, more family friendly, more of a traditional musical.”
With a cast of 24 performers, “The Wiz” is also the company’s biggest show yet, bringing together professional actors and students from Delgado, Dillard University and Loyola University. The collaboration gives the company a chance to work with talented young actors and provides access to Delgado’s spacious Timothy K. Baker Theatre, but it also presents a learning opportunity for the students.
“I think it’s a great model to immerse the students in with people who have been doing it for years,” explained Bentivegna. “The experience they’re getting is the same experience they would get in an outside production, so it’s going to give them some confidence as they start getting older and maybe want to explore doing other shows.”
"The Wiz" stars Charis Gullage as Dorothy, alongside Rahim Glaspy (The Wiz), Jon Elliott (Scarecrow), Dominique McClellan (Tin Man), and Edward Smith (Lion).
WHEN: March 9-25
WHERE: Timothy K. Baker Theatre, Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, Building 1, 1st Floor