May 11-12: The Wizard of Oz by St. Augustine Ballet

We’re off to see the Wizard! … and Dorothy and Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, along with the many other beloved Wizard of Oz characters.

Follow the yellow brick road to St. Augustine Ballet’s production of the Wizard of Oz this Mother’s Day weekend. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.

Tickets are available at tututix.com, and at the door prior to each performance. Tickets are $20, $25, and $30, depending on where you sit. Children age 3 and younger are free if sitting on a parent’s lap. 

Assistant Ballet Director Emily Masson said the adaptation might be best described as “youthful and playful.” She concluded, “The audience will easily perceive that all the dancers and players on stage are having fun.”

In addition to ballet, there will be tap, jazz and modern dance numbers. Musical Director Carolyn Karger has assembled a score that can be best described as jazzy and contemporary.

Masson also promised there are some special effects planned that should delight all audiences, especially children.

St. Augustine Ballet Director Luis Abella remind us  St. Augustine Ballet is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that believes dance is an essential part of any thriving community. He said that community support has allowed him to produce annual springtime ballets in St. Augustine for 10 consecutive years. These are in addition to the holiday presentation of the Nutcracker.

“These ballets are expensive to produce and ticket sales alone won’t pay the bill,” Abella explained. “Luckily corporate and individual sponsors have stepped forward to help us make ends meet. We invite continued and new participation.”

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