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Beck Youth Theater Closes 65th Season with “The Wizard of Oz”

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Audiences of all ages will be swept “over the rainbow” May 9-18

The Beck Center for the Arts Youth Theater will be performing this season’s final production “The Wizard of Oz” on the Mackey Main Stage May 9 through May 18, 2014. This show closes out the 65th anniversary of the Youth Theater. The show features 80 students of the Beck Center.

Audiences will be sure to enjoy the timeless tale of the adventures of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Toto too as they journey along the yellow brick road. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are on sale now.

“I am excited for our students working on this timeless story with such a classic score,” remarked Associate Director of Theater Education, Jonathan Kronenberger. “We have a tremendous amount of talent at Beck Center and The Wizard of Oz is the perfect vehicle for our students to showcase their training and abilities.”

Adapted by John Kane with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, the familiar score in this production was originally written for the classic film of the same name. “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our 65th anniversary season than to combine our celebration with the 75th anniversary of the film on which the musical is based,” said Kronenberger. “This year brought many wonderful performances to Beck Center, and The Wizard of Oz will surely close the season with another unforgettable production.”

Tickets are $10 for Children and $12 for Adults and may be purchased online at beckcenter.org or by calling 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Free onsite parking is available.

To celebrate the Youth Theater’s 65th Anniversary, Mitchell’s Ice Cream is supplying a “Here’s the Scoop” voucher, valid for a free scoop of ice cream, with each Youth Theater ticket sold this season.

This production of The Wizard of Oz is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. Produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue furnished by TAMS-WITMARK LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies, and gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and international artists. For more information about Beck Center, visit beckcenter.org.

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