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We're off to see the wizard: Cultural Park Theater opens season with classic

September 6, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my!

This weekend, "The Wizard of Oz" kicks off Cultural Park Theater's 56th Broadway series.

The show will run Sept. 7-16, with shows Friday nights, two on Saturday, and one Sunday afternoons.

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From left, Harvey Evans, Nicholas Teeter, Marlo Moore, and Scotty Wells star in Cultural Park’s current production of “The Wizard of Oz.”


"All of us at Cultural Park are thrilled to get the kick off of our 56th season up and running following our summer camps and shows," said Michael Moran, executive director of Cultural Park Theater. "It is wonderful to see the stage filled with almost 100 cast members rehearing our first three productions."

Moran admittedly has a soft spot for "The Wizard of Oz", and believes there are too many youths who have not been acclimated with The Land of Oz.

"I chose 'The Wizard of Oz' as the opener of this season for two reasons, and a third reason as well," said Moran. "The first is that 'The Wizard of Oz' is a timeless family classic for the entire family and each September we start with our younger cast aged 19 and below to present our opening show of the season."

His second reasoning was that a few years back, the company did a show with a large selection of songs from "The Wizard of Oz," and he was shocked to learn that many of the children in the cast had never heard or seen the film or play.

"I remember talking to the audiences letting them know that I think it is a grandparent's most important duty to ensure their grandchildren are made aware of this timeless show," said Moran.

He was thrilled and pleasantly surprised that many of the audience members had purchased copies of the film as presents for their grandchildren for Christmas.

"Oh yes, and the third reason," quipped Moran. "Simply, I love 'The Wizard of Oz'!"

For those who may not be familiar, you'll find there's no place like home as Dorothy, a small-town Kansas teen finds herself transported to the land of Oz following a twister on her farm. She makes some friends along the way who decide to stick together and see the infamous great and powerful Oz in search of courage, some brains, a heart, and a home. But not if the Wicked Witch of the West can stop them first.

Coming off of a landmark year for its box office, Cultural Park is ecstatic about the turn out they are seeing at shows and love to perform for the Cape Coral and Southwest Florida communities.

"We are thrilled to see so far this season sales are even higher," Moran said. "I think this is due to the fact that both this and last year's seasons selection are a wonderful selection of great Broadway Shows. And also that we continue to not only produce wonderful stage shows, but at the same time we do it at an affordable price."

Moran especially loves the meaning behind the show, that there's no place like home, and wants his audience to feel the same emotion.

"People should come out and see 'The Wizard of Oz' because it's fun and, in the current climate, being reminded that home and our family are still today, the best thing in our world," he said.

Future shows in the Broadway Series include: "A Wedding in Tuscany," "Don't Drink the Water," "Cultural Park Theater's Spectacular Christmas Revue," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "The Butler Did It," "Chicago," "Ripcord," "Broken Hearts," and "Lend Me A Tenor."

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. as well as matinee performances Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m..

Individual tickets are $21 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+), $15 for students (with ID), $12 for children (under 12) and $15 for cast members.

Pick them up at Cultural Park Theater Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 239-772-5862.

Ask about group rates and season packages.

Cultural Park Theater is at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral.

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