PLYMOUTH, N.H. – More than 200 community members and Plymouth State University students, faculty and staff auditioned for the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) 15th anniversary production, The Wizard of Oz.
“We are thrilled with the response to this year’s production, which celebrates our 15th Season. Working with the talented and supportive members of the Plymouth community and beyond is extremely gratifying. We look forward to a wonderful rehearsal process and a memorable production to share with our loyal audiences,” said Artistic Director Trish Lindberg.
Auditions drew community members from Plymouth, Wentworth, Waterville Valley, Holderness, Campton, Bridgewater, Meredith, Rumney, Center Harbor, Woodstock, Ashland, Thornton, Sandwich, Canterbury, Bristol, Franklin, Canaan, Sugar Hill, Manchester, Ellsworth, Nashua, Alexandria, Danbury, Wilmot, Littleton, Gilford, Sanbornton, New Hampton, Methuen, Mass., and Rustenburg,South Africa.
The cast of 125 includes of the following principal players:
Dorothy-Ariana Casasanto of Manchester;
Scarecrow/Hunk-Robin Marcotte ’00 of Philadelphia;
Tin Man/Hickory-Kyle Trumble of Manchester;
Cowardly Lion/Zeke-Chris Gonzalez ’99 of Meredith;
Wicked Witch/Miss Almira Gultch-Lisa Lovett ’87 of Holderness;
Glinda-Allison DuHamel of Nashua;
Professor/Wizard of Oz-Joseph Casey of Plymouth;
Uncle Henry-Victor Gennaro of Plymouth;
Aunt Em-Kathleen Hill of Center Harbor<;
Emerald City Guard-Mervin Marvey ’12, of Rustenburg, South Africa<;
Mayor of Munchkinland-Ben Kace of Gilford;
Coroner-Sam Zuk of Littleton;
Barrister-Marisa Johnson of Plymouth;
Voice of Oz/Apple Tree/Ozian-Tim Keefe of Plymouth
Apple Trees-Mervin Marvey and Victor Gennaro;
Nikko, Head Monkey-Ben Kace;
Flying Monkey-Skylar Allen of No.Sandwich, Colm Connor of Plymouth, Ryan LeBlanc of Methuen, Mass., Alex Ray of Holderness, Tyler Reid of Center Harbor, Colleen Rowland of Ashland, and Sharleigh Kay Thomson of Danbury;
Winkie General-Bob Irish of Campton
Throughout the production the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda and the Flying Monkeys will all be flown by the prestigious Foy Company, which flew Mary Martin in Broadway’s Peter Pan. Community members will train with the Fly Director and will operate the fly system behind the scenes.
The cast welcomes back PSU alumni Robin Marcotte and Chris Gonzalez, who were in the original ETC production of The Wizard of Oz as the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion 11 years ago. Both Robin and Chris are now professional actors. Robin is a founding member of Hotel L’Obligato, a Physical Movement Theatre in Philadelphia and Chris is a member of TIGER (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility), PSU’s professional educational theatre company.
The ETC season includes a Children’s Arts Festival and a 15th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 10, an Integrated Arts Conference for artists and teachers statewide and a luncheon for children with characters on Saturday, January 24, and an enormous exhibition of artwork by area school children. For information about these events and more, logon to plymouth.edu/etc.
Telephone (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869 (Plymouth), or (603) 225-1111(Concord) for tickets. Tickets for Plymouth performances are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu. The Capitol Center ticket Web is tickets.ccanh.com/Online.
For general information about PSU events logon to ThisWeek@PSU.
For information on this release contact Betsy Cheney (603) 535-2276.