When Baytown Little Theater’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” opens Friday in the Performing Arts Center, Lee College will have provided much more than just the venue for the show.
All three of the senior production staff for the show received part of their education at Lee College: director Samuel Estrada-Gorashko and assistant directors Ty Carter and Vincent Cooper.
Beth Powell, who plays the role of Dorothy, was one of the Lee College students to direct a short play on the Performing Arts Center black box stage in April. The play she directed was written by former Lee College student Triston Haq, who plays the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Many other current and former Lee College students are also in the cast and crew of the play. Tickets are on sale now.
This stage musical is based on the classic 1939 film that generations of Americans have grown up with, and has your favorite songs from the move with a couple of added musical numbers. You’ll hear “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead,” and, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Director Samuel Estrada-Gorashko heads up this magical journey as Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion set off to see the Wizard. The four friends are played by Beth Powell, Triston Haq, Randy Powell and Joshua Figueroa, respectively.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Aug. 10-11 and 17-18 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 12 and 19. All shows are at the Lee College Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.lee.edu/pac.
Special access performances
The performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 will be sign-language interpreted for the hearing impaired. Please reserve seats near the front of the right (audience perspective) side sections if you need this service. For questions, email BoxOffice@lee.edu. Tickets are regular price.
A special sensory-friendly performance will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 for patrons with disabilities that do not allow sitting quietly through a long production. This is a private performance for those patrons and their caregivers or family members. There is no charge, but please make reservations by contacting the box office at 281-425-6255 or BoxOffice@lee.edu.