The Wizard of Oz makes its home on the Eastside

On the heels of casting a local dog as Toto in the upcoming stage musical The Wizard of Oz, Studio East has acquired a host of local youths to play the parts of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the full cast this summer (58 students in all). The Wizard of Oz is the 14th annual summer teen musical produced by Studio East, which has been creating opportunities in the performing arts for young people in the community for nearly two decades.

“We are thrilled to bring The Wizard of Oz home to Kirkland and are very thankful to have the support of the City as well as the entire community” said Lani Brockman, Founding Artistic Director. “This production is not only a culmination of hard work and dedication by our young actors, but is also the biggest show our studio has ever produced.”

Playing the part of Dorothy is young local actress Sean Ben-Zvi, a 2010 graduate of Studio East’s ‘Young Actors Professional Intensive.’ “We love to surprise people by showing them just how much young people can do” said Ben-Zvi, “It takes dedication, teamwork, discipline and a lot of hard work but the values and experiences we’re getting from being involved in this show will stay with us throughout our lives, no matter what we do.”

The City of Kirkland along with Bill and Lyn Thomas are presenting the show, which runs during weekends from July 30th to August 7th at the Kirkland Performance Center.

What: The Wizard of Oz live on stage!
Adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum
With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen
and E.Y. Harburg
Based upon the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co.
and distributed in All Media by Warner Bros.
Directed by Lani Brockman
Musically Directed by Susan Bardsley
Choreographed by Karen Omahen
When: July 30, 2:30PM, 7:30PM
July 31, 2:30PM
August 5, 7:30PM
August 6, 2:30PM, 7:30PM
August 7, 2:30PM
All tickets $15, Reserved seating.
Where: 350 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033

Info: To purchase tickets: or call 425.893.9900

About Studio East

Studio East Training for the Performing Arts was founded in 1992 to provide theater arts education for children on the Eastside. Starting with one theater program for teens in 1992, Studio East has become one of the largest children’s theater training programs in the Seattle area. Today, Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually with a comprehensive program of drama classes, theater arts camps, and Mainstage productions for children from ages 3 through 19. Studio East also produces StoryBook Theater, an adult professional touring troupe that introduces young children to live theater at venues throughout the Puget Sound area. Studio East creates opportunities for young people to discover and explore the performing arts.

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