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February 08, 2006

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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Woodside High stages 'The Wiz' Woodside High stages 'The Wiz' (February 08, 2006)

They'll all be there ... Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and a cast of talented singers and dancers when "The Wiz" opens this weekend at Woodside High's new performing arts theater.

"The Wiz," a rhythm and blues version of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday (February 9-11) and at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 12.

Woodside High drama teacher Barry Woodruff is directing the show, which is produced by school English teachers Marcia Blondel and Gail Hale.

Amanda Montalvo is cast as The Wiz, with Arielle Rothman as Dorothy; Chris Taboada, the Lion; Randy Relova, the Scarecrow; and Deshawn Lax, the Tin Man.

Other leading roles will be played by Michael Fisher, Asia Houston, Amber Cangiamilla and Leslie Chocano.

The "tornado" is being choreographed by ballerinas Jessica Brandt and Karina Mudd.

Stage manager and lighting designer Don Coluzzi is the true "wiz" of the production, says Ms. Hale. He has more than 30 years of credits with high school productions and local theater companies. Mr. Coluzzi recently retired from his Redwood City dental practice of 35 years.

This is the second Woodside High School production being performed in the new $15 million theater. "A Musical Revue" premiered last May.

Tickets for "The Wiz" are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (60 plus) and Woodside High staff, and $10 for students and children. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 367-9750, ext. 4851, to reserve seats, or buy tickets at the door. The box office will open at 7 p.m. for evening shows and 1 p.m. for the afternoon show.

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