Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Wizard of Oz will entertain children of all ages

KINGSVILLE - January 24, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

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The communications and theatre arts department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host The Wizard of Oz as their annual children’s play. The public performance will be a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in Jones Auditorium. Admission is $1.

This is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s tale of Dorothy who finds herself in the Land of Oz after a twister hits her Kansas farm. The play is her journey to return to her beloved Kansas, down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and more.

The play is directed by recent theatre arts graduate Cassandra B. Clarke of Three Rivers. She was previously in Sylvia, Little Shop of Horrors and Las Cartas. Aaron Adame, a junior theatre arts major from Corpus Christi, will be the stage manager. He has previously worked in Godspell and Las Cartas. Vanessa Jurado, a junior theatre arts/Spanish major from Eagle Pass, will do makeup design for the production. She was part of the crew for Las Cartas and Boxcar and a cast member in Sylvia.

The lead part of Dorothy will be played by Christian Acevedo, a sophomore theatre and communications major from San Benito. She has previously been in Little Shop of Horrors, The Great Cross Country Race, Daughters and Mama Drama.

 Lina Roel Placenio III, a freshman theatre arts major from Alice, has the part of the Scarecrow. He was previously in Boxcar. The Tin Man will be played by Emilio Flores, a sophomore communications major from Stockdale. This is his first performance. James Taylor Maupin IV takes on the role of the Lion. He is a recent theatre arts graduate from Falfurrias.  He has been in numerous productions including American Buffalo, Godspell, Rabbit Hole, Savage in Limbo, Somewhere in Between and Electra.

Glinda the good witch will be played by Michelle Flores, a junior theatre arts major from Alice. She also has been in a number of A&M-Kingsville productions, including Savage in Limbo, Casa Rio, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dead Man’s Cellphone and Daughters. The Wicked Witch is played by Leah Lizzett Luna, a junior theatre arts major from Del Rio. She has been in Electra, Babe Ventura: Bodacious Babe Detective, Boy’s Life and Godspell. Michael Mendez, a sophomore communication major/ theatre arts major form Corpus Christi will play the Great Oz. His previous productions include Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors and Sylvia.

Three Texas A&M-Kingsville students play dual parts in The Wizard of Oz. All star as guards, but each has a second part. Matthew Bowers and Daniel Cantu play the parts of talking trees while Mario Orlando Flores is the doorman. Bowers is a senior education major from New York; Cantu is a freshman theatre arts major from Santa Rosa; and Flores is a freshman theatre arts major from Odem. Flores was previously in Las Cartas.

Five local elementary students also have parts in this performance. Bailey Hickman, a fifth grader from Bishop, plays the part of Toto. Munchkins will be played by David Langschied, a sixth grader from Santa Gertrudis School; Isabella Rodriguez, a first grader from St. Gertrude’s Catholic School; Maya Iniguez, a seventh grader from Santa Gertrudis School; and Kylee Szteiter, a seventh grader from Ricardo Middle School.

For more information, call 361-593-3401.

 -TAMUK-


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