Off To See The Wizard At Sundance

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A girl from Kansas gets whisked away on a tornado into a strange new land. There she befriends a brainless scarecrow, a heartless tin man and a cowardly lion. Together, they travel a yellow-brick road and battle a wicked witch on a journey home.

We are all familiar with the story of the Wizard of Oz. This summer, the beloved tale was brought to life in a musical at Sundance Mountain Resort. From July 23 to August 15, audiences were transported to the Land of Oz via Sundance Summer Theatre.

Audience members were delighted to interact with their favorite characters during the show.
"I enjoyed the physicality of it," said actor Cleveland McKay Nicoll who played Scarecrow. "I got to flop around and fall a lot."

With help from a theatrical flying system, actors flew across the stage. Adults with brilliant costumes convincingly played Munchkins. The cutest actor of all was a real Yorkie dog that played Toto.

Sundance Summer Theatre

In 2008, a partnership was formed between Utah Valley University and Sundance Mountain Resort. Together, UVU and Sundance restored the Summer Theatre – first established in 1970 – after a five-year absence. Its purpose is to bring transformative performances to the community.

This partnership continues to thrive as it draws together UVU and Brigham Young University students, community actors, and professionals.

"The result is a magic combination of innovation, creativity, and experience," say producers Christopher Clark and Mari Turner.

Over the years, Sundance Summer Theatre has produced many Broadway favorites and classic musicals such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Sound of Music," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Annie Get Your Gun," and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Sundance Summer Theatre creates a magical atmosphere with beautiful weather, scenery, and extraordinary talent. Guests can enjoy a delicious barbeque before the performance. To top it all off, a beautiful sunset is the backdrop to every show.

A Campaign for the Arts

"The Wizard of Oz" was part of UVU's School of the Arts' "Be Moved" campaign. The campaign raises awareness about the school and its need for new facilities.

Currently, UVU arts faculty and students are working in makeshift spaces. Yet they are still reaching high levels of excellence. Imagine what they could do with a new arts building.

You can help! Every dollar you give will be matched 10 to 1.

Make a Donation to the UVU School of the Arts

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