Book by William F. Brown. Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls

Wiz-W-on-greenThe Wiz takes L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and injects it with even more heart and a little bit of soul! Winner of 7 Tony awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul!

Fiddlehead Theatre Company invites you to dance off your winter doldrums to an upbeat and uplifting score, and remember that friendship, empathy, and courage can pave the way of any journey, down any kind of road.

A perfectly magical journey for all audiences.

The Wiz, adapted from ” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Book by William F. Brown. Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls.


The Wiz is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cast

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 2.00.10 PMQuiana Holmes (Dorothy) is currently a sophomore at Berklee College of Music. She majors in Music Education and minors in Drama. This is her first production with FiddleHead Theatre Company and definitely not her last. Quiana has recently performed in Berklee’s Production of “Dreamgirls” as Deena Jones, Summerstage’s production of “Rent” as Mimi, and Rome Free Academy’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” as Judas.

ShugaHenryShuga Henry (Auntie Em, Evillene, Glinda) is a native of Jamaica W.I., is a singer, actress, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. She has a deep rooted passion for the performing arts and loves sharing her talents with the world. Some of her past productions include MotorMouth Maybelle, Hairspray (Marathon Little Theatre), Effie White, DreamGirls Revue ( Jamibeth Productions), Fear, The Mae Jameson Story (Black Spectrum), Wanda, The Journey (Strikingly Different Productions), Panacea, A Funny Thing Happened..Forum ( Southeastern Louisiana University), and Sound of Music. www.shugahenry.biz.

TFoster-04-2Terrell Foster-James (The Wiz, Uncle Henry, Gate Keeper)  is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, and is super excited to be a part of The Wiz, making it his second show with Fiddlehead Theater Company! Some of his most memorable shows/roles include AIDA (Mereb), The Color Purple (Mister Understudy/Ensemble), RENT (Tom Collins), HAIR (Ensemble), and Footloose (Chuck Cranston) to name a few. Terrell has applied to the prestigious Boston Conservatory for an MFA in Musical Theater for Fall 2015.

Carl-Michael Ogle (Scarecrow) hails from New York and is excited to make his Boston debut with Fiddlehead Theatre Company. Nat’l Tour: Theatreworks USA’s The Yellow Brick Road (Mountain Lion). Regional: Broadway Baby (Original One Person Show) Grease (Roger), J.C. Superstar (Simon), Blood Brothers (Sammy). Other credits include: Titanic (Barrett), Woman of No Importance (Gerald), A New Brain (Michael), Bartholomew Fair (Ezekiel), Parade (Young Soldier). He earned his BFA in Music Theatre from New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Actors’ Equity member. www.carlmichaelogle.com

Justin Raymond Reeves (Tin Man) is thrilled to be making his Fiddlehead Theatre Company debut in “The Wiz”!  Recently he performed in Xi’an, China as Man 2 in “You’re Perfect, I Love You, Now Change!” Justin studied voice performance at Berklee College of Music where he portrayed the roles of Professor Callahan in “Legally Blonde” and Tateh in “Ragtime”.   He is truly grateful for the opportunities granted to him, and Justin thanks God for the gifts he has been granted to share, and his parents, family, and friends for their overwhelming support over the years.

Damian Norfleet (The Lion) is a singing actor of stage and screen, is originally from Texas, but now calls New York City home. Some of his past roles include Curtis in Dreamgirls, Coalhouse in Ragtime, Joe in Showboat, Old Deuteronomy in Cats, Scar in The Festival of the Lion King, Ken in Smokey Joe’s Cafe,  Specialist in Tommy, Young Horseman/Nugget in Equus, King of France in Henry V, Duke of Grenada in Happy Hunting, Olin Britt in The Music Man, Paul in Kiss me, Kate (directed by Diane Paulus), Top in The Tenderland, Henry in Street Scene, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and led the national tour In the Mood (a big band musical).  Damian played the role of Smith in the Drama Desk Award-nominated production of The Threepenny Opera, was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ragtime, and won an ATAC Globe award for Best Actor for his performance in Smokey Joe’s Cafe.  In addition to doing established  stage works, Damian actively participates in workshops, including Yeast Nation (by the Tony-winning creators of Urinetown) at the Perseverance Theater, Makandal at the Guggenheim Museum Theater, Go West! (Village People musical), Casanova at AMAS Musical Theater, and multiple new shows with the Prospect Theater Company.  Damian is an advocate for new American operas as well. He recently played Frederick Douglass in the new opera Truth, and originated the role of John Tubman in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed with The American Opera Project.  On screen, Damian can be seen as the Emcee in the feature film Outliving Emily (starring Andre Braugher, Phylicia Rashad, and Olympia Dukakis) and as Edmund in the comedy series CO-Operation.

Shana Dirik (Addaperle) returns to the Fiddlehead stage as Addaperle in “The Wiz” after garnering a Best Supporting Actress IRNE nomination last season as Miss Minchen in the company’s production of “A Little Princess.”  Shana was last seen this past summer as woman #1 in the Gloucester Stage’s Production of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”  Other recent roles include The Narrator in “BBAJ” (Emerson Umbrella Arts); “A New Brain”; (Moonbox Productions); “Xanadu”; (Speakeasy; 2012 IRNE Nomination for Best Supporting Actress); “Nine” ; (SpeakEasy); “Chicago”, Spelling Bee; (Palace); “Calvin’s Monster” (BCT); “Sunset Boulevard”, “Nunsense” ,”Lend Me A Tenor” (NDT); “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” (BPT); “A Little Night Music” ; (Metro; 2010 IRNE for Best Supporting Actress); “Sweeney Todd” (Metro 2009 IRNE for Best Actress); Other roles include Man of La Mancha; The King & I; Sideman; Kiss Me Kate; Mame; Into the Woods; Follies; Blood Brothers; Cabaret; California Suite; Sylvia; Oliver; Annie Get Your Gun and Evita.  Shana can also be seen this March as Lucy in a concert version of Jekyll and Hyde with Fiddlehead and in April as Debra in the Moonbox Theater Production of Kimberly Akimbo. www.shanadirik.com

Timea Santa (Ensemble) was born on February 21,1986 in Hungary. She is a professional dancer and is trained in the styles of ballet, modern, folk, tap and show dance. She has graduated from Madach Musical Dance School in Budapest and began her professional career in musical theater in Madách Theater in Budapest at age 21. Musical performances credits include Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Producers, Spamalot, Jesus Christ, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, Contact, and Mamma Mia. She moved to America to pursue her career in dance and lives and travels between Boston and New York.

Kira Cowan Troilo (Dance Captain, Ensemble) is excited to return to the Strand Stage after performing in Fiddlehead’s A Little Princess and choreographing their recent production of Aida. Favorite past credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan), Parade (Minnie McKnight/Angela), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix) and Once on This Island (Ti Moune). In the real world, Kira is the editor of a “Life Hacks” website called TipHero.com. Many thanks go out to Jared, her parents and her friends for their love and constant support.

Ryoko Seta (Dance Captain, Ensemble) is a native of Yokohama, Japan. She is an accomplished singer, actor and dancer. Ryoko received a scholarship award from the London Royal Ballet School when she was 13 years old and still stands as the youngest recipient of the award. Her first professional role in a U.S. production was as an airport desk agent in Gus Van Sant’s soon-to-be-released film Sea of Trees. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Management. She has been a proud member of SAG-AFTRA since 2014.

headshot option 2 - editJordan Formichelli (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be making her debut in The Wiz! Jordan is a Clark University graduate with a double major in Theatre Arts and Communications. Favorite credits include Hope, Urinetown;  Anna, Spring Awakening; Carmen, Curtains; and Little Red, Into the Woods. Jordan has also joined the cast of Fiddlehead Theatre’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar opening in April!

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 1.03.01 PMSydney Magruder (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Oz. NYC: Panic! The Musical (MK); Regional: Curtains (Bambi Bernet), Godspell (Singer); Classical:Les Sylphides (Corps de Ballet), The Firebird (Corps de Ballet), Raymonda (Fourth Variation). She received her BS in Dance Performance from Skidmore College under the advisement of Debra Fernandez and Denise Warner Limoli, and went on to complete the Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester, where she worked with Richard J. Hinds, Luam, April P. Cook, Jim Cooney and Sheila Barker.

Kara Nelson (Ensemble) is making her Fiddlehead debut! She has also worked with North Shore Music Theatre, The Umbrella, Marblehead Little Theatre, and Theatre at the Mount, among others. Favorite past roles include Natalie in Next to Normal, Éponine in Les Misérables, The Mistress in Evita, Marcy Park in …Spelling Bee, and Liz (“Pop”) in Chicago. Kara is also a Performing Arts teacher, a Syracuse University graduate, and a state champion gymnast.

Christopher Leon (Ensemble) is originally from East Dublin, Ga. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he is ecstatic to be joining Fiddlehead again for this production. Christopher Leon has been seen in A Chorus Line (Richie), A Little Princess (Head Man), Ragtime, Ryan Landry & the Gold Dust Orphans’ Mary Poppers, The Little Pricks, Peter Pansy, & Rocky Horror Picture Show. Christopher would like to thank his parents and family  for their unwavering love & support, his friends for their encouragement and listening ears, and all of those who have shown him love throughout his career thus far.

Jay Kelley (Ensemble) Music lover/appreciator/enthusiast is 6’2’’ (species unknown) Kelley has has the opportunity to play lead roles in ground-breaking musicals such as Hairspray (Seeweed J. Stubbs) and Godspell (Jesus).

 

 

Cristhian Mancinas (Ensemble) is excited to make his debut with Fiddlehead! Previous favorite credits include: The Emcee in Cabaret (Nashoba Players); The Balladeer/Lee H. Oswald in Assassins (Hovey Players); Antonio in Twelfth Night (Flyleaf Theatre); The Boss in Side Show and Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Emerson Umbrella); Dr. Madden in Next to Normal (Marblehead Little Theatre).

Brian Bakofen (Ensemble) is easing on down the road with Fiddlehead for the first time this season.  He appeared as Peter in Moonbox Productions’ COMPANY last year.  He has performed with The Footlight Club in The Wild Party (Lippa) as Eddie and SEUSSICAL as Bass Wickersham, as well as multiple other productions.  Other favorite roles have included Smudge in Forever Plaid, Roger in A New Brain, and Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, all in Michigan.  Outside of the theater, he works as a primary care physician at Fenway Health.

Anthony Rinaldi (Ensemble) is extremely excited to perform his debut show with the Fiddlehead Theatre Company! He received his B.S. from Boston University and just recently earned his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University. He is honored to use his degrees in his position as a Senior Associate Scientist at Pfizer in Cambridge doing some pretty cool cardiac research. However, he had always found a comforting home in the theater community! Past shows include The Secret Garden (Dr. Neville Craven), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), A Little Night Music (Mr. Nordstrom), Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Godspell (John the Baptist/Judas).

David Lucey Jr. (Ensemble) – The Wiz is David’s debut with Fiddlehead Theatre Company and he is thrilled to join the stage with many old and new friends. No stranger to the stage or behind the scenes, he has performed in many shows in the area. Some of his credits include Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Creative License (Perp – MyEntertainmentWorld Nomination), Sideshow (Buddy), Once on This Island (Papa Ge – BroadwayWorld Nomination) and Seussical (Cat in the Hat) with Northshore Music Theatre.

Cairn terrier Dusty sm“Dusty” (Toto) was acquired by Bill Berloni in June of 2009.  At the age of 2, Dusty found herself in a foster home because her previous owners could no longer care for her.  Her outgoing personality and curious nature were perfect traits for TOTO and Cairn Rescue USA contacted Bill to see if he could use her for The Wizard of Oz.  Since then, she has been delighting audiences all over the country in the role of “Toto”.


Production/Creative

Meg Fofonoff (Fiddlehead Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director)

Stacey Stephens (Fiddlehead Theatre Company Associate Producing Director, Director of The Wiz, Costume Designer)

Balint Varga (Music Director)

Kate Ferdinandi (Stage Manager)

Alycia Marucci (Assistant Stage Manager)

Wendy Hall (Choreographer)

David “Butch” Foley (Technical Director)

Bill Hawkins (Assistant Technical Director)

Mac Young (Scenic Designer)

Mark DeLuzio (Sound Designer)

Margaret Galvin (Assistant Costume Designer)

Maya Landi (Hair and Makeup)

Plot

Prologue

Dorothy is seen with her Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and dog, Toto, on their farm in Kansas. She expresses her desire to get away from the farm life and see distant lands. Aunt Em and Uncle Henry urge her to stay, telling her that she has everything that she could ever want here at home (“The Feeling We Once Had”).

Act I

A tornado hits and lifts the farmhouse, with Dorothy and Toto inside, right up into the air. (“Tornado”). It comes to rest with a bump, in the middle of an emerald green field covered with flowers. There she is met by the Munchkins who are all dressed in blue, and Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North, who tells her that her house has fallen on the Wicked Witch of the East, and killed her, freeing the Munchkins from her evil powers. Dorothy, distressed and confused, wants only to return to Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and Toto in Kansas, and Addaperle decides her best bet is to go and see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (“He’s the Wizard”). She gives her the Witch of the East’s silver shoes, and tells her not to take them off before she reaches home, for they hold a very powerful charm.

Dorothy sets off down the yellow brick road, full of doubt and fear at what lies ahead (“Soon As I Get Home”). Stopping to rest by a cornfield, she is startled when a Scarecrow hanging on a pole strikes up a conversation with her (“I Was Born the Day Before Yesterday”). He tells her of his longing for brains so that he can be like other people, and she invites him to accompany her to see if Oz can help him (“Ease On Down the Road #1”).

The yellow brick road leads them into a great forest where they discover a man made of tin, rusted solid. They oil his joints (“Slide Some Oil To Me”) and he tells them how, to prevent him from marrying a servant girl, the Wicked Witch of the East put a spell on his axe so that it began to cut off parts of his body. Each time it happened, a tinsmith replaced the missing part with one made of tin until he was entirely made of it. The one thing the tinsmith forgot was a heart, and the Tin Man has longed for one ever since. Dorothy and the Scarecrow invite him on their journey to see the Wizard with the hope that he may give him one (“Ease On Down the Road #2”).

The yellow brick road leads them into a dark jungle where they are attacked by a large lion (“I’m a Mean Ole Lion”), but are unharmed because he is a coward. When he learns where they are going, he asks if he may accompany them to ask the Wizard for some courage. They agree and the trio becomes a quartet (“Ease On Down the Road #3”), but face a new danger when they are attacked by half-tiger, half-bear creatures called Kalidahs (“Kalidah Battle”). After a great fight and harrowing escape, they stop by the road to rest. The Lion is embarrassed by his cowardice in the battle, but is comforted by Dorothy’s kind words (“Be a Lion”).

Seeing a green glow in the distance, they continue their journey to the Emerald City, and wander into a field of poppies who blow opium dust on them. Not being made of flesh, the Scarecrow and Tin Man are unaffected, but Dorothy and the Lion begin to become disoriented and drowsy. Dorothy recalls that the Munchkins warned her of the dangerous poppies, and runs from the field as fast as she can with the Scarecrow and Tin Man behind her. The Lion is overcome by the dust and begins to hallucinate (“Lion’s Dream”). He is dragged from the field and returned to his friends by the Field Mice who police the area.

Marching up to the gates of the beautiful Emerald City, they are met by the Gatekeeper who insists they must all be fitted with a pair of green tinted glasses that are locked on to prevent their eyes from being blinded by the dazzling sights. They enter the city and look about in awe at the richly dressed people that inhabit this magnificent place (“Emerald City Ballet”). The haughty and condescending people laugh and ridicule this odd party for wanting to see the Wizard until they see that Dorothy is wearing the Witch of the East’s silver shoes. The quartet is shown right into his palace.

Once in the throne room, they are assaulted by a great show of lights, smoke, and pyrotechnics as the Wizard appears in several forms before them (“So You Wanted To See the Wizard”). They each plead their case to him, and the Tin Man imagines how life would be with a heart (“What Would I Do If I Could Feel”). He agrees on one condition: they must kill Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy and her companions sink to the floor in tears as their goals seem farther off than ever.

Act II

Evillene rules over the yellow land of the west, enslaving its people, the Winkies. She is evil, power hungry to get what she wants (“Winkie Chant/Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad News”). Seeing Dorothy and her odd friends approach, she sends her Winged Monkeys to kill them (“Funky Monkeys”). They dash the Tin Man against rocks until he can no longer move and rip the stuffing out of the Scarecrow also leaving him helpless. Seeing Dorothy’s silver shoes, they dare not harm her. They carry her and the Lion to Evillene’s castle instead. While searching for a way to get the powerful shoes from Dorothy, she forces her and the Lion to work doing menial chores. She takes delight in torturing the Lion before Dorothy which angers her. She picks up a bucket of water and throws it at her. She melts until there is just a wet, gold cap on the floor. Her spell on the Winkies is lifted, and they show their thanks by restoring the Tin Man and Scarecrow to top condition, and reuniting the four friends (“Everybody Rejoice”).

Returning to the Emerald City, they see the Wizard (now a booming voice that seems to come from the very air). He reneges on his promise, and the Lion knocks over a screen in anger. Behind it stands a bewildered man who claims to be the real Wizard (“Who Do You Think You Are?”). He shows them the elaborate mechanical effects used to create his illusions, and tells them that he is really a balloonist from Omaha who traveled to Oz by accident when his hot air balloon drifted off course. The people of Oz had never seen such a sight and proclaimed him Wizard. Not wanted to disappoint them, he assumed the role and had a great city built. He then had everyone in it wear green glasses, and in time, the people came to believe it was green.

The angry quartet confronts the Wizard on his deceptions, but he points out that the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion already have the things they seek as shown in their behavior on the journeys they have made (“Believe In Yourself”). They remain unconvinced so he creates physical symbols of their desires and they are satisfied. He proposes that Dorothy can return to Kansas the way he came, and offers to pilot her in his hot air balloon. He addresses the citizens of the Emerald City in person for the first time in many years, telling him of his imminent journey, and leaving the clever Scarecrow in charge (“Y’all Got It!”). Just as his speech reaches its climax, the balloon comes free from its moorings and rises quickly into the air, taking Dorothy’s hopes of getting home with it.

There is a flash of light and Addaperle appears, suggesting that Dorothy ask Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, for help. She transports them to Glinda’s palace in the red land of the south (“A Rested Body Is a Rested Mind”). Glinda is a beautiful and gracious sorceress, surrounded by a court of pretty girls. She tells Dorothy that the silver shoes have always had the power to take her home, but like her friends, she needed to believe that fact before it was possible (“If You Believe”). She bids a tearful goodbye to her companions, and as their faces fade into the darkness, she thinks about what she has learned, gained, and lost (“Home”). She taps the heels of the silver shoes together three times, and as Toto jumps into her arms, licking her face, she knows that she is back home at last (“Finale”).

From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiz