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The Classics for Kids program gives young people the opportunity to perform live on the historic Newtown Theatre stage after a two-week rehearsal period. For 2018, a non-musical adaptation of the classic children's book by Frank L. Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has been written by director Jim Banar especially for this production. 

Directed by Jim Banar

Produced by Lisa Reiser

PERFORMANCES

Saturday, March 10, 2018

10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.

PURCHASE TICKETS

$10 general admission
$8 per ticket for groups of 10+

Auditions February 20 and 21

Calling all kids and young adults ages 6 to 16! Auditions have been scheduled for Newtown Arts Company's Classics for Kids production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a non-musical adaption of the book by L. Frank Baum.

DATES: Tuesday, February 20, and Wednesday, February 21

TIME: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Newtown United Methodist Church, 35 Liberty Street, Newtown, PA 18940

REQUIREMENTS: No song or monologue required. are strongly suggested, although walk-ins may be accommodated. Complete the audition form below and bring it with you to your audition. If cast, a $25 membership fee to Newtown Arts Company is required (per family).

PERFORMANCES/REHEARSALS: March 10, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Newtown Theatre, with a two-week rehearsal period (4:00 to 6:00 p.m. weekdays) preceding the performances.

DESCRIPTION: This brand new non-musicaladaptation of the L. Frank Baumclassic novel, written and directed by Jim Banar, tells the tale of Dorothy’s magical adventures in the marvelous land of Oz.  Whisked away from Kansas by a cyclone, Dorothy and her beloved dog Toto are carried to the beautiful Land of the Munchkins, where they discover they have killed a wicked witch and freed the Munchkins from bondage. Encouraged by the Good Witch of the North’s protective kiss, Dorothy discovers that she must seek help from Oz, the Great Wizard if she has any hope of returning home. Thus begins one of the most popular, modern fairy tale adventures of all time written by Baum solely for the pleasure of children. Join Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion as they battle the dreaded Kalidah’s in the forest of “Mostly Agreeable Trees;” overcome the captivating yet poisonous Scarlet Poppies; confront the Wicked Witch of the West in the Land of the Winkies; discover the magic of the Golden Cap and the dreaded Winged Monkeys; challenge Oz the Terrible in the wonderful Emerald City of Oz; negotiate with the “Great Humbug;” counsel with Glinda, the Good Witch of the South; and much, much more! Along the way, Dorothy discovers what Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West, proclaims in There’s No Place Like Oz, “Home…the place where we belong, where we are welcome, where there is love and understanding and acceptance waiting for us when we come.” 

For more information, call 215-860-7058 or Director Jim Banar at 267-252-4261.

Director, Classics for Kids

Jim Banar (Director) has adapted Frank L. Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz after adapting Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking and What Alice Found There last year and Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in 2016. He also writes and directs 10-minute plays (Buster; Forest Folktales; Pieces of Eight) for Newtown Arts Company’s Stars of Tomorrow summer theater program, as well as being the program’s producer. Onstage, Jim has appeared as Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Professor Bhaer (Little Women, the Musical), Will Parker (Oklahoma!) and Inspector Colquhoun (Agatha Christie’s The Hollow) for Newtown Arts Company; King Henry VIII (A Man for All Seasons), Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), the Baker (Into the Woods) and King Henry VIII (A Man for All Seasons) for Actor’s NET; Dr Craven (The Secret Garden) for Town and Country Players; and Gary LeJeune/Roger Tramplmain in Goodyear Theater’s production of Noises Off. He has directed Death Takes a Holiday, Arsenic and Old Lace, George Washington Slept Here, Maid to Order, The 39 Steps and The Philadelphia Story for Newtown Arts Company and will direct the company’s June 2017 production of Always A Bridesmaid. Jim lives in Newtown with his wife Mary.