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For its annual spring production Central State University’s Title III Theatre Arts Program is presenting the classic super soul musical - The Wiz. Performances will take place in the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center on April 14 and 15 at 7:30 P.M. An open dress rehearsal for students, faculty and staff will take place on April 14 at 2 P.M.

The original Broadway production of The Wiz opened in 1974 and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was an early example of Broadway's mainstream acceptance of works with an all-Black cast. In 1978, a follow-up big-budget movie had a cast that included Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, (in his film debut), Nipsy Russell, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. A live television production of the stage version, The Wiz Live!, was broadcast on 2015.

CSU’s production is directed and choreographed by visiting artist, Quae Simpson. The vocal coach is CSU alumni, Christopher Smith. The production orchestra, conducted by Blake Gaines, features student and faculty musicians including Dr. Nanyi Qiang Dr. Minjie Bao and Brian Jump. L’Amour Ameer is the costumer and D. Tristan Cupp the set designer. Stephon Lane is the production’s technical director and Cameron Henderson is the video production manager. The cast includes both student and professional performers. Title III Theatre Arts Activity Director, John Fleming, is producing the production with assistance from student Tiara Bullock.

Admission to The Wiz is by donation at the door. The evening performances will also be live streamed on Facebook - @centralstate87

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Our WCSU interview with Jennifer is here- scroll below and listen to our Community Conversation on an exciting and beautiful piece of film!