Detour Company Theatre is leading audiences down the yellow brick road with its production of “The Wizard of Oz” from Jan. 6-8 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Based on the classic motion picture — which is an adaptation of the 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum — “The Wizard of Oz” was originally adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company and uses the Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg songs from the film, a press release explained.
“You may know the story of "The Wizard of Oz," but Detour shows are like no other! You can expect nothing but the best,” said one of the actors Breanna Gollihur in the release. “We have very talented actors and an amazing community. We’d love to see you there!”
Detour Company Theatre provides theater training and performance experiences for adults with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities through authentic opportunities to develop artistry, demonstrate courage and collaboration, experience joy and participate in sharing of musical theater with the entire community.
The company stages its productions in June and January of each year at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, where Detour is a resident company. The talented and dedicated community of artists with disabilities at Detour Company Theatre have been working tirelessly to bring this magical tale to life.
“Detour artists are thrilled to bring this classic back to the stage,” said Detour’s artistic director, LaRiche Lamar. “’The Wizard of Oz’ was the first show the company performed when our founder established this amazing community. Now we’re back, 22 years later, with a steampunk twist.”
Detour will have three showings of “The Wizard of Oz” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. There will be one showing on Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.; one showing on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m; and one final showing will be on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m.
Admission is free for all productions, but donations are accepted. RSVP at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/events.
For information about Detour Company Theatre, visit DetourCompanyTheatre.org.