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June 27, 2016 : Rehearsals Underway for Ohio University Lancaster’s Production of The Wizard of Oz

by Zach Crawford

Ohio University Lancaster Theatre will be performing a musical theatre adaptation of the classic film The Wizard of Oz in the recently renovated Wagner Theatre. This is OUL Theatre’s yearly community theatre event and the sixth season that it has been featured during the Lancaster Festival. The musical features local talent with a cast of 40 actors, 20 local musicians, and a special effects fly team of six.


Rehearsals are underway and tickets are currently available for $15 with reserved seating. The show dates are July 24th, 2016 at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.; August 4th, 5th, 2016 at 7 P.M.; August 6th, 2016 at 2 P.M. and 7 P.M.; August 7th, 2016 at 2 P.M.; Ohio University Lancaster ASL Interpreters will be on hand for this performance.


The Wizard of Oz is a perfect show for the entire family to enjoy.” Says A. Victor Jones, Artistic Director and Lecturer of Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster. “We are incredibly excited to bring this high-flying theatre production to the community.”


Guest artist and aerial choreographer for this production of The Wizard of Oz is Jason Whicker, He is the co-owner/president of On the FLY Productions LLC. On the FLY Productions LLC has recently been involved in the choreography for the Mothman Dance that was seen recently on America’s Got Talent Season Nine. On the FLY Productions LLC has also produced choreography for other musicals including American Idiot on Broadway and Angels: The Musicals. He has also performed aerial choreography for Wrigley’s 5 Gum commercials and various productions around the world.


The show runs from July 24th, 2016 to August 7th, 2016. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats and are available for purchase online at  The Wizard of Oz is presented by arrangement with TAMS WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. For more information on the OUL Theatre program or the The Wizard of Oz, contact Jones at


A rich tradition of theatre continues to thrive and grow on the Ohio University Lancaster campus. OUL’s Theatre program offers four major productions a year, one of which is featured during the historic Lancaster Festival. The faculty and staff of Ohio University Lancaster are dedicated to continuing a strong, successful and educational theatre program.