Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Legacy Theatre Announces Cast for its Summer Spectacular…The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, the most famous movie musical of all time, made its big screen premiere on August 25th, 1939. This summer, almost 70 years later, this beloved musical is coming to life on The Legacy Theatre stage, and it promises to be its biggest spectacle yet! With beautiful, Broadway-caliber costumes, a breath-taking set from New York designer Scott Aronow, and a cast that rivals any, you can bet that this show will entertain and astound South Atlanta!

The best part…. it is only a short drive to this landmark facility! You can easily join Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and all of the citizens of Oz for this exciting show, not to mention the magic of Glinda the Good Witch and the mean, green one herself, the Wicked Witch of the West!

Starring as Dorothy, the lovely, bright-eyed girl from Kansas, will be Melissa Vazquez Cartwright. Ms. Cartwright was seen in The Legacy Theatre’s very first production “A Christmas Survival Guide” and most recently “It’s A Wonderful Life”. When not on stage, Melissa can be scene nation-wide as a video DJ on the Gospel Music Channel!

The Tin Man and Glinda the Good Witch will be played by husband and wife team, Don and Shea Johnson. Shea was most recently seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Anything Goes” as the sassy songstress Reno Sweeny and on stage at The Legacy in “Some Enchanted Evening”. Don has performed professionally for many years and will be making his Legacy Theatre debut with this production. Don is currently the head of the Fine Arts Department at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn.

Chase Todd, who is quickly making a name for himself in the Atlanta area, will be taking on the role of the Scarecrow. Chase was last seen in the Atlanta Lyric’s production of “Forever Plaid” as Jinx. Legacy Theatre audiences might recognize him as Ryan from last summer’s smash hit “High School Musical”.

Dustin Lewis will play the Cowardly Lion. Dustin has been performing at the Legacy since it’s opening in 2006. He was last seen at the theatre in “The Spitfire Grill”. He worked all over the world as a professional singer, dancer, actor and choreographer for the past 16 years before making his home at The Legacy Theatre in South Atlanta.

Bethany Hayes Smith will play the Wicked Witch of the West. She has performed this devilish role before and cannot wait to bring the mean, green one back to life here in South Atlanta! Bethany, along with her husband Mark, who is directing this production, founded The Legacy Theatre.

Area professionals, dancers from the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts, and over 70 children and teens from the Legacy's popular Broadway Workshop complete this extraordinary cast.

This production promises to be the biggest and best the Legacy has brought to their growing audiences!Ticket are $25 Adults, $22 Seniors 60+/ Students 13+, $15 Children 12 and under.

Group Rates are available.

For reservations call the box office at 404-895-1473 or go online at

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