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Thursday, June 02, 2016
"Oz" Prepares to Take Over Ritter Park
As The Wizard of Oz gets ready to take the stage this month in Huntington, my pal Dave Lavender provides a preview you can read right here. (The photo above of Co-Dirctor Tommy Smirl is by Sholten Singer.)
Here's an excerpt:
Technically no one lives at the Ritter Park Amphitheater, but for the past couple months, Tommy Smirl has been stuck on stage somewhere between giant, movable sets depicting Kansas, the Forest, Munchkinland and the castle in Oz, and you can tell for him there is no place like this home.
Smirl, who played the Tin Man in the 2002 Huntington Outdoor Theatre version of The Wizard of Oz, is co-directing the classic with his wife, Mary. The couple is in the homestretch of rehearsals for the Huntington Area Regional Theater in the Park production of The Wizard of Oz, set to hit the stage for three weekends - June 10-12, June 17-19 and June 24-26. Each performance begins at 8:30 p.m.