‘The Wiz’ finishes two-weekend run
by Hawkins Teague
Jul 25, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The summer musical “The Wiz” wrapped up its five-show run with two great performances over the weekend, director Portia Ezell said Monday.

Ezell said that about 230 people were in the audience Friday night, and 190 showed up Saturday. Unfortunately, attendance was down compared to last summer’s “Suessical: The Musical.” More than 1,000 people saw that show, but just over 900 people came this year. She said she wasn’t sure why fewer people attended since she felt that “Suessical” proved last year that everyone involved could produce quality entertainment for the low ticket price of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

“I don’t know if it was just the pretty weather or if too many people were on vacation,” she said. “It certainly wasn’t because of a lack of publicity.”

Ezell said this was a shame because the show cost nearly $10,000 to produce. $2,600 had to be paid for the rights to perform the Broadway soul-music version of the “Wizard of Oz,” and $3,600 was spent on headset cordless microphones.

The cast and crew got together for an end-of-show picnic on Sunday afternoon. Ezell said they had a great time and that they spent some time compiling about a page of suggestions on what to do next year. She said she is considering doing both a musical and a regular play. She said that this way, she could make sure that children would still be included, but that they could also do something that would appeal more to older kids and adults. Doing a separate play might also help finance the musical, Ezell said.

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