Journey to the Emerald City this Summer

by May 16, 2016

Renee Anderson and Arden Walker. Photo by KO Rinearson.

One of the world’s most beloved movies comes to life at the Civic Center Music Hall this summer in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Running July 12 through 16 and sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this joyous musical will feature some of Oklahoma’s most talented performers in its leading roles.

“This version of the musical brings all of the most iconic moments from the movie to life.”
– Michael Baron, Producing Artistic Director

Arden Walker, recently seen in Lyric’s production of THE FANTASTICKS, will star as Dorothy Gale. Walker is a 2016 graduate of Oklahoma City University. Starring alongside Walker are Melissa Griffith and Renee Anderson, playing Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. Griffith played Mrs. Banks in Lyric’s 2015 production of MARY POPPINS and Gertie in OKLAHOMA!. Anderson has performed many times with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, both as a featured performer and as a member of the Pops Chorale. Anderson has also performed in Lyric’s productions of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Magenta) and XANADU (Calliope).

Jerry Jay Cranford will play the dual role of Zeke and the Cowardly Lion. Cranford was seen in Lyric’s 2013 production of BIG RIVER as The Duke. Also among Dorothy’s traveling companions are Jordan Beall as Hickory and The Tin Man, and Amani Pope as Hunk and the Scarecrow. Celebrated performer David Coffee, known in Oklahoma for his work in GREATER TUNA with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and THE GRAPES OF WRATH at Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, will play the title character. Twenty-eight children will play the Munchkins.

Tickets are on sale now to THE WIZARD OF OZ, and start at $30.


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Journey to the Emerald City this Summer

by May 16, 2016

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