Hollis actors to perform in ‘Wizard of Oz’

NASHUA – Follow the Yellow Brick Road to New Hampshire award-winning theater as the Peacock Players present the stage adaptation of the MGM classic movie musical “The Wizard of Oz” for three weekends at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua.

The cast will be led by Nathan Hillsgrove, of Hollis, as Palace Guard/Uncle Henry. The rest of the large ensemble is rounded out with performers such as Casey Orner and Sarah Orner, of Hollis.

“The Wizard of Oz,” written by L. Frank Baum, is the classic tale of little Dorothy Gale, of Kansas, who dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day, a twister hits her farm and carries her to the magical Land of Oz.

Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road to encounter witches, Munchkins, talking trees, flying monkeys, the Emerald City and, of course, the wonderful wizard himself.

Featuring the music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from the classic 1939 MGM motion picture, audiences will delight in the famous score, including “Over The Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz” and “If I Were King Of the Forest.”

This production will be created by the same award-winning team that received two Best Production awards – “Spring Awakening,” Community Division, and “The Addams Family,” Youth Division – at the 13th annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards this year.

The Peacock Players received 14 New Hampshire Theatre Awards and 28 top three finalist honors at the 2015 NHTA ceremony, held at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry in January.

The Peacock Players have received more industry awards than any other professional, community or youth theater in the state.

The “Wizard of Oz” will be directed by Broadway performer Keith Weirich, the Peacock Players’ artistic director. Also involved are Henry Kopczynskie III, musical director; Valerie Psoinos Nelson and Alyssa Dumas, choreographers; Dan Koehler and Weirich, scenic design; Maggie Mahony, costume design; Norm St. Germain and Weirich, lighting design; and Rich Loomer, sound design.

“?‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a perennial family favorite, one that has become a rite of passage for every new generation,” Weirich said. “This production will charm children of all ages with the power of believing in the most imaginative things. Experiencing a production of this magnitude and design is a once in a lifetime adventure, and Peacock Players is proud to bring this classic to a whole new generation of adventurers.”

The Peacock Players will offer additional free audience enrichment opportunities. Meet your favorite characters onstage after each performance, and join the Players on Sundays, May 3 and 10, for postshow audience discussions with the artists that helped to create this production.

Performances will be held May 1-17 at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are on sale at 886-7000 and peacockplayers.org.

The production will be sponsored in part by Mint Printworks Screen Print and Design, Costumes of Nashua and The Telegraph. It is rated G, for all audiences.

For more information about Mainstage productions, auditions, classes, summer theater camp and events, visit peacockplayers.org.