Wizard of Oz Tour to Play the Paramount Arts Center

The greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is touching down in Ashland, KY at the Paramount Arts Center on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 pm.

This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, and will be presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Leading the cast as Dorothy is KALIE KAIMANN who previously played this role for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, CHRIS DUIR as The Scarecrow/Hunk, CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL as Tinman/Hickory and VICTOR LEGARRETA as the Lion/Zeke. Other supporting cast members include Emily PERZAN as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West, KIRK LAWRENCE as Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz, ASHLEIGH THOMPSON as Aunt Em/Glinda and MICHAEL WEAVER as Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper.

And of course everyone wants to know who will play Toto. His name is MURPHY and he is a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier mix with scruffy fur and an adorable underbite. Murphy was rescued on February 5th, 2016 from the ASPCA in Chandler, AZ by Lizzie Webb (music director for The Wizard of Oz tour) and was immediately welcomed into the theatre world. He has been a trusty backstage companion, a pit orchestra puppy (sleeping at mom’s feet while she plays piano and conducts shows) and within a few months of adoption he was onstage as Willoughby in Mary Poppins. This will be his second time playing Toto. He even has his own hashtag! #montanamurphy

Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the other beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable day at the theater. For more information visit: www.wizardofoztour.com

Tickets are available for $55-$75 and may be obtained on our website www.paramountartscenter.com, visiting our box office at 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY or calling 606-324-0009. Final ticket price will include a $1 per ticket historic restoration fee.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Paramount Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support is also provided by the Paramount Woman’s Association and private donations.