The East Valley Children’s Theatre is capping off its 20th anniversary season with a production of “OZ!”, the timeless “Wizard of Oz” tale. The show will run June 15-25 at the Mesa Arts Center, and feature 41 talented youths ages 8 to 18 from across the Valley.
There are 26 cast members who live in Mesa, including many playing significant roles. Abby Potts (Dorothy), Christian Armanti (Toto), and McKenzie Elias (Wicked Witch of the West) are all from Mesa. Also from Mesa are Mikey Cornejo (Cowardly Lion), L J Deacon (Tin Woodsman), Elizabeth Schaible (Scarecrow), Suzy Olson (Glinda the Good Witch), and Tre Moore (OZ!).
In addition, there are five cast members from Gilbert, and one each from Tempe, Phoenix and Maricopa. Two sisters who live in Chandler, Analisa and Araceli de la Rosa, are playing Munchkins.
Music for the show is directed by EVCT Producing Artistic Director Karen Rolston, and the choreography is by Jennifer Duxbury.