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