The performing arts program at National Technical Institute for the Deaf will present “The Wonderful World of Oz” to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary on April 19-22 and 27-28, June 28-30 and July 1 in Robert F. Panara Theatre at Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive.
This adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s story is directed by Jim Orr, and staged in American Sign Language and spoken English.
The show is co-produced by MSM Productions Ltd. Joseph Hamilton is stagecraft manager, with set design by Ethan Sinnott, costume design by Alice Pylko, special effect makeup by Terry Conheady, lighting design by Michael Prosceo, animation and sound design by Dan Roach and voice direction by Christopher Felo. Many of the performers are deaf, and the sets are deaf-designed.
NTID alumni will participate as ASL narrators in video segments, including Janis Cole, Peter Cook, James Guido, Camille Jeter-Lorello, CJ Jones, Elizabeth Sorkin, Rosa Lee Timm, Dack Virnig and Amber Zion.
The live cast stars Amy Ausdenmoore as Dorothy, Jeff Pratt as Hank/Scarecrow, Perseus McDaniel as Duke/Tin Man, Fred Michael Beam as Leo/Lion, Kathie Holzwarth as Aunt Em/Glinda, Aaron Weir Kelstone as Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper, Matthew Scott Moore as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West and Patrick Graybill as Professor Marvel/Oz.
Attendees will receive full-color souvenir playbills.
The June and July stagings are a fundraiser to support future plans for renovating spaces within NTID Performing Arts. Call (585) 475-4121 or visit for information.