Lions and tigers and bears...oh my!
The Wizard Of Oz is at Freeport Performing Arts Center
July 17-27 @ FPAC
adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum and the MGM movie
Musical. Family friendly. Runtime approximately 2hr20min with intermission.
Freeport Players is partnering with Freeport Family Performing Arts to bring this hugely popular story to life in spectacular style. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion will share the FPAC stage with a host of munchkins, flying monkeys, witches good and bad, Ozians and more. Entertainment for kids from 8-80.
NOTE TO PARENTS: This musical follows the movie very closely...including an intense cyclone, a scary witch, and very creepy flying monkeys. It may not be appropriate for very young or very sensitive children.
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SPECIAL WIZARD OF OZ EVENT -- July 20 12:30pm
Freeport Players announces an exciting addition to its blockbuster July production of The Wizard of Oz, on the 75th anniversary of the beloved 1939 MGM movie. Willard Carroll, the premier collector of original Wizard of Oz memorabilia and originator of the National Oz Museum, will speak before the matinee performance on Sunday, July 20, at 12:30 pm. Carroll will also answer questions about his collection and the museum, and will show a brief video. He began collecting Oz items as a child, and owns thousands of them, including the hourglass used by the Wicked Witch, an original costume worn by one of the Lollipop Guild Munchkins, and a dress worn by Judy Garland. He also has toys, posters, lunchboxes and more. Carroll will bring an original poster to show. The talk and performances are at Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrook St., Freeport. Willard Carroll is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, and director with more than 200 hours of motion picture and television credits. His films include the all-star drama Playing by Heart and the musical-comedy Marigold. As an author, Carroll's books include I, Toto: The Autobiography of the Dog Who Was Toto. Together with Tom Wilhite, he has established the National Oz Museum (www.nationalozmuseum.com) to house the world's most comprehensive collection devoted to The Wizard of Oz. It will open in Camden, Maine, in the near future.
Celebrating our 25th
In addition to a great season of shows, we're celebrating our 25th season with special events and activities throughout the year. As part of the celebration we are delivering cupcakes to a few of the supporters and friends who have sustained us through the years. So far these "cupcake bombs" have been delivered to Freeport Community Services and to Alice Pelletier and Mainely Hair. Be on the lookout for crazy theater people bearing cupcakes!
Save the date! Freeport Players alums and their guests are welcome at our 25th Reunion Party on August 17 at Winslow Park in South Freeport. Details coming soon.
Freeport Players provides opportunities for local amateur actors to perform in roles often reserved for professionals. We involve members of our community in all aspects of the process, drawing on their talent and enthusiasm to create the "magic" of theater. Our volunteers are compensated for their time with fun, creative challenges, the chance to learn about the craft of theater, and, often, bonds of friendship that endure long after the curtain closes.
Your support makes a difference!
We are really proud of the work our volunteers do and we are grateful for the things our friends donate or loan to us to put on stage. But even with all that time and good will on the balance sheet, we rely on donations from people like you, people who have enjoyed what we do and know how important Freeport Players are to the community. As we strive to meet increasing costs and improve the experience we offer participants and audiences, we look to you for support.
To make a donation, you may either use the convenient, secure PayPal button below (you will be prompted to enter a donation amount), or mail your check or money order to Freeport Community Players, PO Box 483, Freeport, ME 04032.