‘Wizard of Oz’: Take a flyer for Hamden version
Whitney Players Theater Company is aiming high with its new community theater presentation — family favorite “The Wizard of Oz.”
Director Cindy Simell-Devoe says in an email that the Hamden theater troupe is using the “Foy Rig” of the company Flying by Foy to get four of its characters off the ground (or stage; think flying monkeys), and there will also be “projections and a whole lot of talented folks” involved in the production. Simell-Devoe said the rig use fits with a goal of The Whitney Players — “to educate young thespians and expose them to all that working in the theater has to offer.”
The show will run from from Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 11, at Thornton Wilder Hall across from Hamden Town Hall.
The story of Dorothy, Toto and friends is also led by technical director Greg Downing, choreographers Joan Christensen & Jackie Ianniello and stage manager Jackie Downing. The Las Vegas-based Flying by Foy was established in 1957 by Peter Foy, whose innovative techniques and patented mechanical inventions revolutionized theatrical flight in the second half of the 20th century, says its website — working with nonprofits such as Whitney Players, cruise ships, theme parks and professional theaters.
Thornton Wilder Hall, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Aug. 8-11, 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. $20 at door. Cash or checks only. thewhitneyplayers.org