The Wiz takes stage at The Lyric Theatre

By on November 8, 2018

Youth performers across Rochester join together to present The Wiz The Musical

OFC Creations has announced a new residency at The Lyric Theater kicking off with a production of The Wiz the Musical. Under the leadership of Eric Vaughn Johnson, executive director, OFC Creations (Opportunities For Creativity) was founded in 2005 to give adults and students an opportunity to push their creative limits.

The Wiz features a cast of 36 students ages 10-18 from across Rochester including towns such as Pittsford and Greece. Many of the cast members are Rochester City School students, and for many of whom, is there first experience in performing arts.

“We wanted to offer our students a chance to experience a show not typically done in the Rochester community,” said Eric Vaughn Johnson, OFC executive director.

In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, The Wiz follows Dorothy as she is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her memorable sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them.

The Wiz is the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The score features soul, gospel, R&B, and pop while telling a classic story in new light. The production is under the direction of Hector Manuel and Sable Stewart, both frequent OFC performers.

The Wiz will be performed three times at The Lyric Theater (440 East Ave.), Rochester. The Lyric is located in the historic East Avenue neighborhood.

·Friday, November 30 at 7PM

·Saturday, December 1 at 2PM

·Saturday, December 1 at 6PM

Tickets are $12 and are available online at or at all area Wegmans.

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