Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents "Wizard of Oz" (RSC)

Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents "Wizard of Oz" (RSC)
Posted on 03/03/2011

One of America's oldest and most beloved stories is coming to the Orland Park stage. L. Frank Baum wrote "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in 1899 and "The Wizard of Oz" was first performed on stage as a musical in Chicago in 1902, according to the AMC Film Site by David Dirks. The movie, starring Judy Garland, debuted in 1939 and the story remains a national favorite.

More than 100 years since its stage debut and with more than 100 children and adults in its cast, the Orland Park Theatre Troupe will perform the classic on April 29, 30 and May 1 at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center.

"Our spring musicals are among the best in the Chicago area," said Executive Producer Irene Buikema, Recreation Operations Manager for the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department. "We invite everyone to come to Sandburg to see this familiar favorite," Buikema added.

Frann Carnivele- Sidlow is now in her thirteenth year of leading the village's theatre program. The resident producer/director of the Orland Park Theatre Troupe, Carnivele-Sidlow has previously directed "The Wizard of Oz," portrayed Glenda the Good Witch, appeared as the wicked witch and played Adapearl in "The Wiz."

"Yes, I know the lines by heart," Carnivele-Sidlow said laughing. "I am so excited about this cast. The south suburbs are so rich with theatrical talent and we are blessed to have many of these people involved with this show," she said.

Longtime Chicago area theater veteran Jim Mazeika is the show's assistant director with Michael Barr serving as music director. Ashley Miletich is the show's choreographer.

"Carl Sandburg High School's Performing Arts Center is the perfect venue for this show," said Orland Park Trustee Patricia Gira, chair of the village's Recreation, Parks and Environmental Initiatives Committee. "The village is grateful to everyone at District 230 and Sandburg for making this possible, both for the performers to have a magnificent stage on which to perform and for the community to have a beautiful facility in which to see the show," she added.

Alexis Lubienski of Frankfort appears as Dorothy with her real life mom, Colleen Lubienski, portraying Aunt Em. Amanda Barclay of Oak Lawn is reprising her role as the Wicked Witch, having played the part in the Oak Lawn Park District's production. Amy Stiehr, a fifth grade teacher at Orland Park's High Point School, is Glinda the Good Witch.

Ray Fischer of Crestwood is the scarecrow and Orland Park's Rob Siebert is the tin man. Jamel Williams of Chicago Heights is the cowardly lion. Bryan Riess of Orland Park is Professor Marvel/Wizard.

Kevin O'Sullivan of New Lenox is Uncle Henry and Midlothian's Rodolfo Chavez is the Guard of the Gate. Andrew Dicksen of Lockport is the Guard Captain.

"It's pretty amazing when we have so many people from different walks of life who all come together to share their love of theater," Carnivele-Sidlow said. "We have some longtime community theater veterans in this show as well as those who are taking the stage for the first time," she added.

Orland Park residents in the adult/teen ensemble include Tina Cucci, Kelly Dillon, Megan Doman, Abigail Dorey, Teresa Dorey, Mary Kate Feldner, James Flynn, Rachel Lundgren, Tom Sadzewicz, Alyssa Schott, Natalie Thompson, Julianne Vana, Catherine Viz and Monique Viz.

Other members of the adult/teen ensemble include Cassie Balaskas (Lockport), Brenda Bass (Homer Glen), Mariah Dicksen (Lockport), Kathy Donegan (Posen), Tara Duffy (Palos Heights), Amanda Piotrowski (Burbank), Jessica Pyrkowski (Alsip), Anne Ternes (Lemont), Mark Wallace (Tinley Park), and Janet Wittenmyer (Oak Forest).

Munchkins from Orland Park include Mikhail Auskalnis, Nikolai Auskalnis, Elspeth Bedell, Caroline Bueche, Kenneth Conway, Emma Dorey, Hannah Dorey, Jessi Eakins, Rebekka Eakins, Victoria Eakins, Karli Fegan, Madelyn Filipiak, Marykate Fitzgerald, Eve Foley, Rose Foley, David Ford, Raina Goodwin, Amanda Hall, Joshua Hamill, Elizabeth Harlin, Michael Harlin, Sean Harlin, Allison Kazlauskas, Samantha Lahey, Josephine Leafblad, Veronica Leafblad, Nicole Lundgren, Andrew Matke, Wilson Matke, Mollie McCormick, Eve Moyar, Jessie Moyar, Josh Moyar, Kaylynn Murray, Joe O'Sullivan, Cameron Petruseuskis, Olivia Preston, Eleanor Rybak, Emma Scarpelli, Nicole Stubenfoll, Cameron Szymczak, Jarod Vaughn, Veronica Vaughn, Taylor Villa, Madeline Viz, Peter Viz, Ben Westphal and Isabel Zebio.

Other munchkins include Emie Choquette (Lemont), Jake Dyrkacz (New Lenox), Madison Fahey (Homer Glen), Morgan Fahey (Homer Glen), Alex Humenik, (Oak Forest), Benjamin Humenik (Oak Forest), Rachel Juwayyid (Tinley Park), Iris Kalinowski (Homer Glen), Lara Lubienski (Frankfort), Taylor Mondragon (Mokena), Kelly O'Sullivan (New Lenox), Emily Patula (Homer Glen), Molly Patula (Homer Glen), Kiera Russell (Homer Glen) and Louis Sidlow (Oak Forest), the mayor of the munchkins.

Performances at Carl Sandburg High School, 13300 South LaGrange Road, are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. A matinee performance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.

"Ticket sales are going well," Buikema said. "We encourage everyone who wants to see this show to buy their tickets now as we do expect all three performances to sell out," she added.

Reserved seat tickets are currently being sold at the Franklin E. Loebe Recreation Center, 14650 South Ravinia Avenue. Adult tickts are $18 while seniors and students are $16. Children's tickets are $14.

Additional information is available by calling the Orland Park Recreation and Parks Department at 708/403-7275.

The Orland Park Theatre Troupe will perform "The Wizard of Oz" (RSC) April 29, 30 and May 1 at Carl Sandburg High School's Performing Arts Center. The show features (l to r) Jamel Williams as the cowardly lion, Ray Fischer as the scarecrow, Alexis Lubienski as Dorothy, Amy Stiehr as Glinda the Good Witch, Bryan Riess as Professor Marvel/Wizard, Amanda Barclay as the wicked witch and Rob Siebert as the tin man. Ticket information is available by calling 708/403-7275.