Desert Opera Theatre: Presents THE WIZ

Coming in June, 2011

While similar in plot to “The Wizard of Oz”, The Wiz (usually) uses an all-black cast to transform the show into a more fun, funky modern version. Dorothy, the little girl from Kansas is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman & the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phony. However, Glinda is able to convince Dorothy that she can do anything she wants if she just believes in herself. Dorothy also realizes the importance of home and her family.

Cast and Crew of “The Wiz”

Director – Margaret Wassner

Stage Manager – Ellen Gurewitz

Vocal Director – Ceron Jones

Choreographer – Erin Hveghelm

Producer – Christine Jones


Dorothy – Cynthia Blondell Timmons

Scarecrow – Joseph Johnson

Tin Man – Mykal Wooten

Lion – Ceron Jones

Addaperle – LaQuenta Wooten

Evilene – Vickie Aspenlieder

Glinda – Erika Dowd

Wizard – S. Chriss

Aunt Em – Nadine Price

Uncle Henry – Larry Stowers

Messenger – Joey Langford

Head Monkey – Paul Alasagas

High Lord Underling – Rick Cull

Dancers / Ensemble

Christina Martin

Rebecca Fassbender

Ive-Marie Simpson

Jose Meza

Antwan Thorogood

Brianna Thomas

Martanay White

Rodney Johnson

Mary Mondok

Daryl Villalobos

Kaila Pennan

Dacia Drake

Vickie Cottrell

Chelsea Blount


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