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THE WIZ – July 18-21

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


5/2/2012 - Cast selections have been made for Northwest Florida State College's production of THE WIZ slated for July 18-21 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college's Niceville campus.

THE WIZ is a seven-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical version of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. THE WIZ sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul.

Tickets for THE WIZ are on sale now at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for youth ages 18 and younger. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone or in-person from the box office at (850) 729-6000.

From a pool of 61 audition candidates, Savannah Lewis of Fort Walton Beach captured the role of Dorothy in this rollicking adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic story. Javonte Coleman of Fort Walton Beach was cast as Scarecrow, Donovan Black of Navarre as Tinman and Hector Delgado of Niceville as Lion. A newcomer to the college's stage will be Yakeem Jones from Crestview as The Wiz.

Shakira Oswald from Mary Esther will play Addaperle. The role of Evillene was double-cast with Chevon Corlew Coleman and Ralondra Brown, both of Crestview. They will each play the role on alternating nights. Aunt Em and Glinda the good witch will be played by the mother-daughter team Evelyn Beliveau and Nakara Beliveau, both of Niceville.

Appearing onstage in ensemble roles are: LaDonna Cole, Andrew Knight, Ashley Meyer, Shannon Mosley and Sarah Hawn of Fort Walton Beach; Tyler Corbin, Zachary Allen Phillips, Mallory Olds, Anne Melia, Rebecca Wheeler, and Danielle C. Fox of Niceville; Caleb Bartee, Celise Blackman, and Quentin V. White of Crestview; Lyndsi Stevens of Santa Rosa Beach; Joshua Whitaker of Freeport; Vini Febus of Navarre; and Nate Beechum of Shalimar.

Due to the show's strenuous vocal requirements, the production will also feature pit-singers: Kimberly Pitts, Celeste C. Jones and Darion Harrington of Crestview; Sarah Schmidt of Destin; and Allison Everitt, Amy Bishop, Laura Hernandez and Jeremy Ribando of Niceville. The role of Toto has not yet been cast.

ATTACHED: THE WIZ – original artwork by Lyn Gray Rackley, NWFSC Fine Arts Professor. ##