Tal­is­man Play­ers com­mu­nity the­ater group to present ‘Wiz­ard of Oz.’

Di­rec­tor: ‘We have some won­der­ful and strange sur­prises. Some au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, lots of ex­cit­ing mo­ments.’

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @face­book.com/north­east­berk­snews/

The Tal­is­man Play­ers, a Kutztown com­mu­nity the­ater group, will present “The Wiz­ard of Oz” at Kutztown Univer­sity’s Ge­or­gian Room in Old Main.

Open­ing night will be Thurs­day, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. fol­lowed by per­for­mances on, Fri­day, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The Satur­day, Jan. 19 show at 1 p.m. in­cludes a brunch fol­lowed by an evening per­for­mance at 7 p.m.

“I love ‘The Wiz­ard of Oz!’ (along with most of the the­ater go­ing world),” said Tom Nar­done, Tal­is­man Play­ers co-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with his daugh­ter Chris­tine Nar­done Storch. For this pro­duc­tion Nar­done is di­rec­tor and Chris­tine is the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor. “It brings out the child in all of us.”

Nar­done notes that what is most ex­cit­ing about this pro­duc­tion is the qual­ity of the cast it­self.

“I prac­ti­cally hand­picked each one and when the au­di­ence gets to see their in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive per­for­mances they will un­der­stand why. The play is dif­fi­cult to present in that ev­ery­one has such high ex­pec­ta­tions. I’m not wor­ried; this pro­duc­tion will be talked about for years.”

What makes this a unique show?

“We have some won­der­ful and strange sur­prises,” said Nar­done. “Some au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, lots of ex­cit­ing mo­ments and some unique tech­ni­cal ef­fects.”

The Tal­is­man Play­ers is a com­mu­nity the­ater group based in Kutztown.

“We re­ally care about pre­sent­ing qual­ity the­ater at ac­ces­si­ble pric­ing. All of our fund­ing comes from ticket sales and ad sup­port,” said Nar­done. “We are a com­mu­nity the­ater that ac­cepts ev­ery­one into our group and our chal­lenge is to keep grow­ing. We would love to grow our group more; that would give us the chance to do pro­duc­tions that re­quire more di­ver­sity. Hav­ing said that, we are very OZ » PAGE 3

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Dorothy (Meghan Lau­denslager) and The Wiz­ard (Rob Wei­d­man) dis­cuss how to get back to Oz with the “Wiz­ard of Travel” Ellen Over­cast at Dream Va­ca­tions on Main Street in Kutztown. This in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Tal­is­man Play­ers pro­duc­tion of “The Wiz­ard of Oz” at Kutztown Univer­sity Jan. 17 to 19.

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The Scare­crow (Crede Cooper) puts in ex­tra think­ing time at The Fire­fly Book­store on West Main Street in Kutztown.

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