Manassas residents getting ready to see the Wizard

January 22, 2014 by  

This weekend, Manassas families can once again follow the yellow brick road to Oz. The Hylton Performing Arts Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by presenting a musical form of this children’s classic at its Pied Piper Theatre.

For more than two decades, the Pied Piper has worked with young aspiring actors from the ages of 8 to 18 in both on-stage and behind the scenes activities. Its focus is to provide musical theater and dramatic training while boosting self-esteem, building confidence, and helping the child gain a sense of responsibility.

Besides the acting classes and productions, the organization offers programs in technical theater where students are introduced to lighting, set design, sound, and stage management. Each year brings three entire musical presentations, such as ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ in November, ‘Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail’ in December, and of course the upcoming ‘Wizard of Oz.’

The new 2014 workshops will include productions of ‘The Little Mermaid’ for the younger ones and ‘Avenue Q’ for students ages 13 and up. For those proud parents who have children in the cast, some flyer printing and subsequent distribution to family, friends, and co-workers may be in order to help remember and highlight the occasion.

The Wizard of Oz performances will be held Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, January 26 at 4:00 pm at the Hylton Performing Arts Center Merchant Hall located at 10960 George Mason Circle.