The Wiz is pure fun, with one of the most
entertaining musical scores ever
composed. From a Broadway smash to a
hit Hollywood movie, The Wiz has
become the most performed musical for
urban youth. It is a magical journey and
beloved story of courage, brains, heart
and home that will delight the entire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2015
Executive Artistic Director
Charles W. Patmon Jr.
Common Ground Theatre Office
Common Ground Theatre (CGT), in collaboration with SDCCD Continuing Education Division, proudly presents “THE WIZ”
SAN DIEGO – Common Ground Theatre (CGT) will present the soul stirring Broadway hit “THE WIZ” December 4 – 20, 2015, at The Educational Cultural Complex in San Diego. This iconic musical, with the book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, is adapted from the story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. The opening of CGT’s production will begin one day after NBC’s live television production of the Tony Award winning Broadway show on December 3.
THE WIZ tells the story of Dorothy, a troubled teen who is sent to live with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. She is miraculously whisked away from her mundane real life to an urban fantasyland called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz, a wizard who can help her get back home. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she’s joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, all searching for a piece of salvation that is within us all.
Starring as DOROTHY in CGT’s production of THE WIZ is NBC’s The Voice Alum, TIMYRA JOI. A San Diego native, Timyra (pronounced Ti-my-ra) counts it a privilege and honor to return to the stage in this production. “This is a role of a life time,” she said. ”It has always been my dream to play Dorothy, and I am fortunate to do it with Common Ground Theatre.”
“I am excited that NBC is doing a live version of this groundbreaking musical a day before our production begins,” states CGT Executive Artistic Director Charles W. Patmon, Jr. “In this 40th anniversary year of the original 1975 Broadway production, it exposes a whole new generation to the ‘colorful’ world of Oz and resurrects the show with a fresh, funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road. Our version features local talent and a diverse cast of show-stopping performers that will come together to create an eye-popping new take unlike anything seen before.”
CGT’s mission is to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate, and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Its purpose is to produce high quality theatrical productions that offer a “common ground” where people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds can interact, connect and share their love of theatre. CGT envisions a culturally diverse, socially relevant, and politically aware theatre organization that nurtures the expertise of amateur and professional artists alike and improves community relations among diverse cultures and underrepresented groups.”
A portion of the proceeds from the production of “THE WIZ” will provide scholarships for students to attend Common Ground Theatre’s San Diego Theatre Artists Repertory School (STARS) program. The STARS program was created by Common Ground Theatre to build community through the arts by providing students of all ages and abilities with professional and affordable instruction in the performing, fine, and visual arts. The next STARS session will begin in January 2016. For a schedule of classes and fees, please contact the CGT Administrative Office at (619) 272-3209 or write to Common Ground Theatre, P. O. Box 152443, San Diego, CA 92195.
“THE WIZ” will be performed at the Educational Cultural Complex, 4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113, from December 4 – 20, 2015. Regular performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, (DEC 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19) at 7:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday matinees (Dec. 6, 12,13, 19, &20) at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $25 General Admission; $20 Students/Military/Seniors; and $15 for children 12 and under.
For information and tickets, contact Common Ground Theatre at (619) 272-3209 or go to cgtsd.org.