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Jamaica Musical Theatre Co to produce 'The Wiz' - Adaptation of L. Frank Baum's novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' set to delight

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 1:00 AM

The Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) presents the Jamaica Junior Theatre's 2017 production, The Wiz, at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. This is the JMTC's second staging of this well-recognised musical. The first time was in 2005 when it was performed by senior members of the company.

The Wiz is directed by Damion Radcliffe, drama teacher at Campion College, writer, actor, and director.

Radcliffe has had great success with his group, The Independent Actors' Movement, and productions of Anancy Chaptaz have been well received by Jamaican audiences and critics. He has been very vocal about his interest in children and family-theatre productions, which makes him a good fit for directing the Jamaica Junior Theatre (JJT).

Music director Hugh Douse and choreographer Liane Williams are no strangers to the JJT and both have returned this year to direct the voices and movement to the lively score of The Wiz, with a Jamaican twist.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum, originally published in 1900. The 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz, with an all-black cast, won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has had multiple revivals. Most recently, NBC produced The Wiz Live!, which aired on December 3, 2015.

Now, 116 years after its publication, the story of The Wizard of Oz remains delightfully entertaining.

The story of The Wizard of Oz reminds us of the importance of appreciating what we have rather than going in search of happiness outside of ourselves. It is a timeless story about a group of lonely people who journey together towards the fulfillment of their deepest desires. At the end of a long and dangerous journey, they each discover that the thing they had been seeking was inside them all along.

Production dates for The Wiz run from January 6, 2017-February 19, 2017.