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Dear Wadsworth Footlighter Families,
As we monitor these scary times, we wanted to give you some updates on what The Wadsworth Footlighters are doing. The Footlighters have chosen to have a brief intermission, and it's only that, an intermission. Following the advice from the Ohio Arts Council and several other organizations, we have decided in the best interest of our staff, performers, and patrons that we will postpone our upcoming productions of Everybody Loves Opal, as well as our Summer Musical, The Wizard Of Oz. We are aware of the heartbreak this will cause, however, as we stated this is only an intermission. An Intermission ends and the show returns for a wonderful second act and more shows to come! We hope to produce both of these shows and many more in the coming year/years.
Although we do not know when we can produce our next show, we are working to make sure the Footlighter families still have opportunities of performing arts through these tough times. The Footlighters will/are creating virtual events and things, performers and patrons will be able to participate in during this intermission. Please check out our facebook, twitter, instagram, and website for those items coming soon!
Lastly, We miss you! Please stay safe and healthy, we will see you after this hopefully brief intermission. If you know of any way we can help you or our community, please let us know. We are a community organization and we care about each and every one of you!
Don’t forget, “All the world’s a stage!”
The Wadsworth Footlighters
Everybody Love Opal
By: John Patrick
Director: Brenton Cochran
May 14th, 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2020 (Postponed!)
At Concordia At Sumner
Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. The general disarray of her establishment is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things—anything that can be toted home in her little red wagon. Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her lot—or her “friends” —Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature. Into her rather strange world comes Gloria, Bradford and Solomon, three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the authorities. Opal’s menage is the perfect hideout—and Opal, herself, might be the remedy for their shattered finances. They decide that what she needs is plenty of insurance, a rapid demise, and three beneficiaries named Gloria, Bradford and Solomon. Attempted murder wouldn’t seem to be funny, but in Mr. Patrick’s magic hands it is uproarious. The unsavory trio concoct an elaborate scheme to drop the ceiling on Opal’s unsuspecting head—but she is in the cellar at the time; they try to drug her and set the house on fire—but Opal’s state trooper friend arrives at the wrong (or right) moment; a plan for a “hit and run” accident backfires. Through it all, Opal radiates kindness, affection and, strangely enough, gratitude. But the real clincher comes at the end. It seems that there was plenty of money around all the time; bags, barrels, and mooseheads full of it, in fact, and any friend of Opal’s is welcome to as much as he wants. All they had to do was ask.
The Wizard of Oz
By: L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by: Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by: Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by: Peter Howard
Orchestration by: Larry Wilcox
Adapted by: John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by: Turner Entertainment Co.
and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Director: Cory Ott
Musical Director: Linda McNamara
June 2020 (Postponed!)
At O.J. Work Auditorium
Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale, along with her dog Toto, travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz. While in Oz, Glinda the Good Witch tells Dorothy the all-powerful Wizard of Oz can help her return home. Along the way, Dorothy overcomes various obstacles and meets a talking scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who also are unsatisfied with their current situation and need to find the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz for help. As Dorothy and her friends travel to the Emerald City, they must avoid the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West. Will the Wizard of Oz be able to help? After all there is no place like home.