“The Wizard of Oz” to touch down in Ames on Jan. 30

One of the most beloved family musicals of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” is touching down in Ames at Stephens Auditorium in Ames on Jan. 30, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $42, $65, $78 and are on sale now and can be purchased at the Iowa State Center ticket office Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m., online at Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Leading the cast as Dorothy is Kalie Kaimann. She previously played this role for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. She has also performed as Bonnie in Anything Goes, Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ulla in The Producers, Millie Dilmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly! She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical by BroadwayWorld.com for her performance as Minnie Fay.

Chris Duir will play the role of Scarecrow/Hunk. For Prather Entertainment Group, he played the role of Bert in Mary Poppins and Eugene in the national tour of Grease. Regional credits include Crazy For You (Bobby Child), Damn Yankees (Smokey), The Drowsy Chaperone (George), and Singin’ in the Rain (Production Tenor). He was also a singer for Celebrity Cruises and Galaxy Macau Resort.

Christopher Russell will portray Tinman/Hickory. He performed as Avram/Perchik understudy in the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof. Regionally he has performed in Funny Girl (Eddie Ryan), The Producers (Leo Bloom), The Full Monty (Jerry Lukowski), Lend Me A Tenor (Max), Steppin’ Out (Geoffrey), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson), and Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical (Wally), for which he also composed the original score.

Victor Legarreta will portray the Lion/Zeke. Victor has performed professionally in over 150 productions nationally, internationally, and on cruise ships including the recent roles of the Cop in the hilarious comedy Shear Madness, Public Enemy #1 in Anything Goes and numerous comedies for Prather Entertainment Group. Victor is also a director and has written many musical revues. He previously portrayed the Cowardly Lion at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers, Florida.

For information, visit www.center.iastate.edu.

 

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