THE WIZ JR.

YOUTH MUSICAL
Book by WILLIAM F. BROWN
Music and Lyrics by CHARLIE SMALLS
Directed by Greg Williams, Jr.
Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

Theatre for Young Audiences! Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz are set to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. Everybody knows the story, but this re-invented fantasy is dazzling, mysterious and opulent. Join Dorothy and her friends as they “Ease On Down the Road” to ... The Wiz! This fabulous cast will feature over 40 young actors, singers and dancers. The cast will range from ages 7 to 17 and will have a blast with such fun musical numbers and dances.
PERFORMANCES DATES
Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday,June 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m.

VENUE INFORMATION
LSU Shaver Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
RUN TIME
90 minutes, with no intermission
TICKETS
Regular Admission | $20
Students With Valid ID| $15
Groups of 10 or More | $15 must pre-purchase prior to performance date.
CAST
DOROTHY: Kerrington Jade Griffin
ADAPEARLE: Kennedi Davenport
GLENDA: Martique Redditt
EVILENE: Maniquwa Holmes
LION: Zion Johnson
SCARECROW: Anthony Burton Jr.
TINMAN: Gabriel Bostick
THE WIZ: Kooper Smith
AUNT EM: Stephanie George
TOTO: Laila Miles

THE WONDERS:
Alysse Davis (Winkie, First Munchkin, Third Citizen)
Arien Williams (Crow, Winkie, First Citizen)
Autumn Edwards (Winkie, Messenger)
Devin Bureau (Gatekeeper, Winkie)
Dion Sideboard Jr. (Crow, Winkie, Second Munchkin, Leader Monkey)
Dre’lan Evans (Crow, Winkie, Second Citizen, Lord High Underling)
Jarvis Stewart (Uncle Henry, Winkie, Fifth Citizen)
Kimberlin R. Gaston (Winkie, Third Munchkin)
LeKeldria Whitfield (Winkie, Fifth Munchkin)
Nia James (Winkie, Fourth Munchkin, Fourth Citizen)


FEATURED DANCERS:
Breanna Davis
Chyna Ceazer
Daelyn Lake
Jerome Washington
Kodie Danay Brown
Macie Sentino
Madison Evans
Markayla Salisberry
MiKeisha Anderson
Naveah Robertson
Queline Ketchens
Reese Thomas
Tameia Hayes
Trinity Star Alexander
Tyler Thomas
Vanessa Williams


ENSEMBLE:
Addison Jordan
Aniyah Bailey
Carin Marchelle
Charis Gaston
Elyse Bailey
Forest Raetzsch
Hannah Dunn
Jackson Dammers
Kerrington Kelly
Omarion Jones
Yasmin Legier

AGE RECOMMENDATION
G- Rated Show (Recommended for All Ages)
Appropriate for all ages. Everyone entering the theatre, including babes in arms, must have a ticket.
CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Greg Williams, Jr.
Assistant Director: Krystal Blatcher
Stage Manager: Kayla Basco
Choreographer: Dwight Bell
Music Director: Allison Blumenthal
Sound Designer:Christopher D. Daniel
Scenic Designer: Kelly Latchie
Lighting Designer: Greg Williams, Jr.
Props Master: Melanie Williams
Production Manager: Christopher D. Daniel
Costume Designer: Laketa Caston
Hair and Wig Designer: Laketa Caston
Wardrobe Assistant: Christian Jones
Media and Photography: Frederick Price III
Marketing and Communications: Alvin A. Temple
Dance Captains: Kodie Danay Brown and Trinity Star Alexander

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Just a reminder that our annual fund raiser is less than a month away! We've got ONE NIGHT ONLY & we want to spend it with YOU! Get your tickets today at www.nvtarts.org
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
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Just a reminder that our annual fund raiser is less than a month away! We've got ONE NIGHT ONLY & we want to spend it with YOU! Get your tickets today at www.nvtarts.org We are looking forward to seeing you there! #WeLoveNVT #OneNightOnly #MiscastAtMowtown

Here's a chance to ease on down the road, but at a fraction of the cost! Get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $15 until June 1st!
To get them, visit our website at nvtarts.org
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Here's a chance to ease on down the road, but at a fraction of the cost! Get your Early Bird Tickets now for only $15 until June 1st! To get them, visit our website at nvtarts.org #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

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Wishing all of our mothers, a very happy Mother's Day! We love & appreciate all that you do for us! #HappyMothersDay #WeAppriciateYou #WeLoveNVT

HAPPY OPENING NIGHT to our cast & crew of: MAGIC & Other Secrets We Learn To Keep! Do not miss this! It is FREE--TODAY ONLY at the Hopkins Black Box Theater @ LSU
2PM & 7PM.

Thank you Forward Arts for this amazing opportunity & the start to a great partnership!
#WeLoveNVT #HipHopTheatre #Poetry 📸: @ellepeaphotos

HAPPY OPENING NIGHT to our cast & crew of: MAGIC & Other Secrets We Learn To Keep! Do not miss this! It is FREE--TODAY ONLY at the Hopkins Black Box Theater @ LSU 2PM & 7PM. Thank you Forward Arts for this amazing opportunity & the start to a great partnership! #WeLoveNVT #HipHopTheatre #Poetry 📸: @ellepeaphotos

We are excited to announce our partnership with Forward Arts! We extremely thrilled to be working with such an amazing organization and we are looking forward to seeing you at our first production with them! Check it out below!!! Forward Arts in partnership with New Venture Theatre presents:

MAGIC & Other Secrets We Learn To Keep
WordCrew Spring 2018 Hip Hop Theatre Production
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Hopkins Black Box Theater @ LSU
2PM & 7PM

Forward Arts youth spoken word cohort, WordCrew, under the theatrical direction of New Venture Theatre presents "MAGIC & Other Secrets We Learn To Keep". This hip hop-inspired theatrical production features the youth of WordCrew performing original spoken word pieces ranging from mental health to queerness to racial identity and more!

Show times: 2PM & 7PM

The event is free and open to the public. It is funded in part by the Arts Council Council of Greater Baton Rouge, The Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The Louisiana Division of Arts-Decentralized Arts Funding grant.
#WeLoveNVT #HipHopTheatre #Poetry

We are excited to announce our partnership with Forward Arts! We extremely thrilled to be working with such an amazing organization and we are looking forward to seeing you at our first production with them! Check it out below!!! Forward Arts in partnership with New Venture Theatre presents: MAGIC & Other Secrets We Learn To Keep WordCrew Spring 2018 Hip Hop Theatre Production Saturday, May 12, 2018 Hopkins Black Box Theater @ LSU 2PM & 7PM Forward Arts youth spoken word cohort, WordCrew, under the theatrical direction of New Venture Theatre presents "MAGIC & Other Secrets We Learn To Keep". This hip hop-inspired theatrical production features the youth of WordCrew performing original spoken word pieces ranging from mental health to queerness to racial identity and more! Show times: 2PM & 7PM The event is free and open to the public. It is funded in part by the Arts Council Council of Greater Baton Rouge, The Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The Louisiana Division of Arts-Decentralized Arts Funding grant. #WeLoveNVT #HipHopTheatre #Poetry

We are happy to announce our amazing cast of THE WIZ, JR.! You did not make this easy for us! You should be very proud of yourselves!
We are looking forward to working with you to bring Baton Rouge to meet THE WIZ!
#WizJrNVT #YallGotIt #WeLoveNVT

We are happy to announce our amazing cast of THE WIZ, JR.! You did not make this easy for us! You should be very proud of yourselves! We are looking forward to working with you to bring Baton Rouge to meet THE WIZ! #WizJrNVT #YallGotIt #WeLoveNVT

Call backs for The Wiz, Jr. are tonight starting st 5:30pm at the Arts Council of Baton Rouge! Cast list goes up tomorrow! Can't wait to see you there! Break a leg!
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Call backs for The Wiz, Jr. are tonight starting st 5:30pm at the Arts Council of Baton Rouge! Cast list goes up tomorrow! Can't wait to see you there! Break a leg! #WizJrNVT #YallGotIt #WeLoveNVT

We've got...ONE NIGHT ONLY! Join us for our annual fundraiser! We cannot wwaitrose you there! Get your tickets now, at nvtarts.org!
#WeLoveNVT #OneNightOnly #MiscastAtMowtown

We've got...ONE NIGHT ONLY! Join us for our annual fundraiser! We cannot wwaitrose you there! Get your tickets now, at nvtarts.org! #WeLoveNVT #OneNightOnly #MiscastAtMowtown

WOW! We are so proud of everyone who auditioned today for The Wiz, Jr. Thank you for showing us all of that talent!
Everyone who auditioned should have received an email regarding Call Backs. If you did not get an email, please send us a message to: info@newventuretheatre.org
See you at Call Backs!
#WizJrNVT #WeLoveNVT #YallGotIt

WOW! We are so proud of everyone who auditioned today for The Wiz, Jr. Thank you for showing us all of that talent! Everyone who auditioned should have received an email regarding Call Backs. If you did not get an email, please send us a message to: info@newventuretheatre.org See you at Call Backs! #WizJrNVT #WeLoveNVT #YallGotIt

Your chance to "ease on down the road" is approaching fast! Auditions are this Saturday, May 5th!
Have you registered for your chance to meet The Wizard? What are you waiting on? You better ease on over to nvtarts.org & get registered before you find yourself watching from the seats wishing you HAD auditioned!
See you Saturday!
#WizJrNVT #WeLoveNVT #EaseOnDown

Your chance to "ease on down the road" is approaching fast! Auditions are this Saturday, May 5th! Have you registered for your chance to meet The Wizard? What are you waiting on? You better ease on over to nvtarts.org & get registered before you find yourself watching from the seats wishing you HAD auditioned! See you Saturday! #WizJrNVT #WeLoveNVT #EaseOnDown

Our Young Performers Audition Prep Workshop for The Wiz, Jr. is...easing on down the road! There's no doubt that these young performers are going to annihilate their auditions, and we cannot wait!
Thank you to everyone for coming out & to our crew for their hard work! Break a leg on you audtions!
#WizJrNVT #WeLoveNVT #BreakALeg

Our Young Performers Audition Prep Workshop for The Wiz, Jr. is...easing on down the road! There's no doubt that these young performers are going to annihilate their auditions, and we cannot wait! Thank you to everyone for coming out & to our crew for their hard work! Break a leg on you audtions! #WizJrNVT #WeLoveNVT #BreakALeg

We only have a few spots left! If you still haven't signed up, don't miss your chance at an opportunity to really nail your audition for The Wiz, Jr.! Visit nvtarts.org to register!

#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

We only have a few spots left! If you still haven't signed up, don't miss your chance at an opportunity to really nail your audition for The Wiz, Jr.! Visit nvtarts.org to register! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Spots are going fast! Don't miss your chance! Sign up now for the opportunity to really nail your audition for The Wiz, Jr.! Visit nvtarts.org to register!

#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Spots are going fast! Don't miss your chance! Sign up now for the opportunity to really nail your audition for The Wiz, Jr.! Visit nvtarts.org to register! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

So, you want to meet The Wizard??? Have you registered for your audition?  What are you waiting for then? Go to nvtarts.org & register to save your spot to ease on down the road!
#WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

So, you want to meet The Wizard??? Have you registered for your audition? What are you waiting for then? Go to nvtarts.org & register to save your spot to ease on down the road! #WizJrNVT #EaseOnDown #WeLoveNVT

Please help us in congratulating our Artistic Director Greg Williams, Jr., as the recipient of the 2018 Man-Up Theatre of Arts Award! We are so incredibly proud of him! So, let him know how proud you are of him and...
SHOW HIM THE LOVE! 💙
#WeLoveNVT #WeLoveGreg #NewVentureTheatre

Please help us in congratulating our Artistic Director Greg Williams, Jr., as the recipient of the 2018 Man-Up Theatre of Arts Award! We are so incredibly proud of him! So, let him know how proud you are of him and... SHOW HIM THE LOVE! 💙 #WeLoveNVT #WeLoveGreg #NewVentureTheatre

It's OPENING NIGHT! Help us wish our cast & crew a very happy opening night! And don't forget to get your tickets! The show runs tonight at 7:30pm & tomorrow at 2:00pm & 7:30pm! Get in a seat! Tickets are available at www.nvtarts.org!
#PolkadotsNVT #WeLoveNVT #BeACoolKid

It's OPENING NIGHT! Help us wish our cast & crew a very happy opening night! And don't forget to get your tickets! The show runs tonight at 7:30pm & tomorrow at 2:00pm & 7:30pm! Get in a seat! Tickets are available at www.nvtarts.org! #PolkadotsNVT #WeLoveNVT #BeACoolKid

Happy Opening to POLKADOTS Cast and Crew!

Happy Opening to POLKADOTS Cast and Crew!

Look at these #CoolKids giving it their all in rehearsals! That's Lily Polkadots (Hope Landor) & Mrs. Square (Brandy Lynn Johnson) singing their hearts out! Don't let all this talent go unseen! Rush over to www.nvtarts.org and get your tickets NOW!
#PolkadotsNVT #WeLoveNVT #BeACoolKid #DontBeASquare #NewVentureTheatre

Look at these #CoolKids giving it their all in rehearsals! That's Lily Polkadots (Hope Landor) & Mrs. Square (Brandy Lynn Johnson) singing their hearts out! Don't let all this talent go unseen! Rush over to www.nvtarts.org and get your tickets NOW! #PolkadotsNVT #WeLoveNVT #BeACoolKid #DontBeASquare #NewVentureTheatre

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE SOME MONEY! 💵 😍 
Our Early Bird special ends TODAY! 😱 Don't miss out on saving a few extra bucks! 😁 Go to www.nvtarts.org & get you Early Bird tickets NOW! 🎫 
#PolkadotsNVT #BeACoolKid #DontBeASquare #WeLoveNVT #EarlyBirds

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE SOME MONEY! 💵 😍 Our Early Bird special ends TODAY! 😱 Don't miss out on saving a few extra bucks! 😁 Go to www.nvtarts.org & get you Early Bird tickets NOW! 🎫 #PolkadotsNVT #BeACoolKid #DontBeASquare #WeLoveNVT #EarlyBirds

Did you know that “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” is based on The Little Rock Nine & is praised for providing a colorful, yet non-preachy history lesson for children, reminding them to celebrate their differences rather than ostracizing one another! Click the link in the bio to get your tickets now!
#PolkadotsNVT #WeLoveNVT

Did you know that “Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” is based on The Little Rock Nine & is praised for providing a colorful, yet non-preachy history lesson for children, reminding them to celebrate their differences rather than ostracizing one another! Click the link in the bio to get your tickets now! #PolkadotsNVT #WeLoveNVT