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Performance Dates: Oct 2nd - Oct 24th 2021

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We're off to see the wizard! Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum's beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz to discover the magical power of home, continues to thrill audiences worldwide for generations.  

Sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital. Tickets are $12 for season ticket holders. Please contact box office for groups of 10 or more, for a group rate. Due to Covid restrictions and the health and safety of our actors, actresses and patrons... There will NOT be a meet and greet with the cast after the show.

Meet the Cast of The Wizard of Oz

Photos courtesy of Photographer, Richard Termine

YARDÉN BARR
(Ensemble, Understudy for Dorothy/Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch)

is ecstatic to be back on stage for the first time in a year and a half!  She is also excited to return to Oz again after having been in the musical in high school.  Past credits include:  Salem (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals), Something Rotten! (Island ETC), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Triple Rock Theatre), and Chess (The Hartt School).  Education: The Hartt School, BFA Music Theatre.

MELISSA GOLDBERG (Glinda/Aunt Em/Ensemble)

is thrilled to be making her Argyle Children’s Theatre debut.  Recent credits include Liesl in The Sound of Music at Fairfield Center Stage, Zaneeta in The Music Man at Oklahoma City University, and Olive in Bullets Over Broadway at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre.  She is a recent grad of Oklahoma City University (B.M.MT).  Love to her family, and many thanks to the entire cast, crew, and creative team of The Wizard of Oz.

JESSICA MAE MURPHY (Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch) 

is so incredibly thrilled to be back on stage at The Argyle Theatre and to have you all sitting here IN PERSON watching this magical show!  Past credits include:  Ladybug (James and the Giant Peach), Louise (Gypsy), Sue (Carrie: The Musical), Wednesday (The Addams Family), and Annie Sullivan (The Miracle Worker).  She would like to thank her friends and family for their never-ending love and support!  Have a Wicked good time!

KEVIN L. SCARLETT (Scarecrow/Hunk)

is so excited to be returning to the stage for the first time since the pandemic in The Wizard of Oz!  Other credits include Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf (The Argyle Theatre), Biscuit (National Tour), The Who’s Tommy, and Jesus Christ Superstar (Seven Angels Theatre).  Thank you to Kate Keating for this opportunity!  Also, thank you to his fiancé Jack and his family for their support over the past year and in this next theatrical endeavor!

EVAN SCHULTZ (Lion/Zeke/Ensemble)

This Long Island native and graduate of Wagner College is back at The Argyle Theatre!  He has been seen here in The Wizard of Oz (Lion/Zeke), Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Understudy), and James and the Giant Peach (Grasshopper).  He teaches improv and acting at the Argyle throughout the year.  Evan has stage managed here, and is the Resident Argyle Children’s Theatre Props Designer.  Some of his favorite Off-Broadway, regional, and touring credits include Shrek (Shrek), Seussical (Horton), LMAO (Improv Actor), Jekyll and Hyde (Swing/Ensemble), A Wonderful Life (Swing), Preschool! a pint-sized musical (Larry), Geeked and Loaded (Jason), Sleeping Beauty (Gryff), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Grandpa Joe), Charlotte's Web (Wilbur), Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell (Radbourn/Herald/Fairy Godmother), The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever (Ted), Lost Boys or An Awfully Big Adventure (Rupurt), Dickens Condensed (Smike), JAR'D, Hollywood-Hollywood!, Booth!, Grand Hotel, and Into the Woods.  Evan is also a producer and director for theatre and film.  Evanjschultz@gmail.com

SCOTT EARLE (Wizard/Professor Marvel/Ensemble, Understudy for Tin Man/Hickory)

Scott is excited to be back on the Argyle stage, especially in this production.  A Long Island native, Scott holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Ithaca College.  Previous Argyle credits include:  Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf (Mayor of Bluesville/Little Norbert), Pinkalicious (Mr. Pinkerton), and James and the Giant Peach (Understudy/Deckhand). Scott has also served as a substitute Assistant Teacher for the young people’s acting classes.  He would like to thank you for supporting live theatre!

SAMANTHA LARA LEVINE (Swing)

is excited to make her Argyle debut!  Most recently seen on A Chrismakkah Night with Emma & Sam at Metropolitan Zoom, she’s also been featured as a Rising Star in Broadway Sess­ions at the Laurie Beechman Theater.  Credits include: Ellis Island (AFT National Tour), Housewives of Secaucus (Feinstein’s/54 Below), Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut (Plaza Theatrical Productions).  Samantha has trained at BADA, the UCB, and holds a degree in Vocal Performance from University of Rochester.

CJ RUSSO
(Uncle Henry/Nikko/Ensemble, Understudy for Scarecrow/Lion)

is a graduate of Adelphi University (B.S. in classical voice), and a Long Island based actor.  He is proud to be making his Argyle Children’s Theatre debut.  2019 - 2020 credits include:  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), The Andrews Brothers (Patrick), How to Succeed in Business (Bud Frump), The Producers (Carmen Ghia), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy).  CJ would like to thank his parents for their ongoing support and encouragement.

ALEX SCHECTER
(Tin Man/Hickory)

is thrilled to be returning to The Argyle Theatre for The Wizard of Oz!  Previous Argyle credits include Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.  Recent regional credits include The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Mame (Patrick Dennis), and Avenue Q (Rod).  Television credits include Final Moments (Oxygen), 13 Reasons Why (Netflix), and The Time Traveler's Wife (HBO).  Alex is a proud graduate of Vanderbilt University.  Thank you to my family and friends - welcome back to live theatre!! 

Meet the Creative Team of The Wizard of Oz

KATE KEATING

(Dorothy/Co-Director/Musical Director/Artistic Director of Children’s & Educational Theatre) 

is thrilled to be following the yellow brick road for her sixth time as Dorothy in over 100 performances!  Her Argyle Children’s Theatre credits include directing The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf, James and the Giant Peach, Pinkalicious, and co-directing, music directing, and playing Dorothy in Argyle’s The Wizard of Oz for the past two productions.  Kate is the Artistic Director of Children’s & Educational Theatre at the Argyle Theatre.  As an actress, Kate was in Argyle’s Main Stage production of Miracle on 34th Street.  She has toured along the eastern coast of the United States as Dorothy in American Theater Arts For Youth’s production of The Wizard of Oz.  Favorite acting credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Hairspray (Penny), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzy), Junie B. Jones The Musical (Junie B. Jones), Little Women (Beth), Les Misérables (Cosette), and Urinetown (Little Sally).  Thank you to our fantastic producers Mark and Dylan Perlman, to my co-director Lindsay Rogan, Jules Holzmann, Sam Gates and the entire Weber family, and to this fabulous flexible cast, crew, and production team.  Special thanks to my husband Sam and­ to my parents for their continual love and support.  Kate would like to dedicate this performance to her wonderful grandparents Patricia and Donald Keating on their 90th birthdays.  Love you Nana and Papa!  Kate leads our Argyle Academy of the Arts program, which consists of acting, singing, dancing, improv, and yoga classes for children, teens, and adults.  Check out these classes on:  www.argyletheatre.com/courses

JULES HOLZMANN

(Stage Manager/Lightboard Operator) 

is thrilled to be making her Argyle Children’s Theatre debut!  Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival.  Off-Broadway: PARX, Annie Warbucks, Jane Eyre, High School Musical, Annie, Beat Bugs: The Musical Adventure.  Thank you to Kate for this opportunity!  www.julesholzmann.com

LINDSAY ROGAN

(Co-Director/Choreographer) 

is thrilled to be making her Argyle Theatre debut with The Wizard of Oz.  Lindsay is a Director, Choreographer, and Theatre Educator who is currently teaching at the Long Island High School for the Arts.  Last spring, she conceived and directed a production that was featured in the Shubert High School Theatre Festival on Broadway.  Performance credits include musicals at Artpark, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Ready, Go! Productions.  Love to KG, Benja, and Paige.