SOCIAL JUSTICE: ELDER AFFAIRS
The 2019 ACT Social Justice Theatre Project themes are senior relationships & bullying. Workshops were conducted with seniors from Life After 50, as well as other seniors in the Windsor community, during the months of July 2018 – January 2019. Many personal stories were shared and from those stores the original one act play entitled “Elder Affairs” was created.
Funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Programs Grant, the seniors project brings together Windsor-Essex residents over the age of 50 to share their stories and create a play based on their life experiences.
Directed by Chris Rabideau
Originally Conceived and Written by Linda Lord & Chris Rabideau
Waiting for the guest-of-honour to arrive at Andy's 80th birthday party many of his guests share experiences with elder abuse and bullying. But it is Andy himself who brings the biggest surprise of all when he finally arrives and liberates himself from his doting daughter.
ACT COMMUNITY: THE WIZ
The Wiz is the 2019 production from Arts Collective Theatre's Community Program. ACT Community is an annual theatre program which provides training and performance opportunities for multi-ethnic artists. It operates to enhance the cultural and artistic awareness of the community by providing productions that illuminate diversity and a broad range of cultural experiences. The 2018 ACT Community production was the Motown classic Dreamgirls, which was a Windsor premier. BizX Magazine said "I cannot recall the last time I left the end of a theatrical performance with so many different emotions. This performance left me breathless – filled with joy, awe, wonderment – and excitement for the future of theatre in Windsor."
"The Wiz" is a glorious musical retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture. With an infectious funky soul score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, "The Wiz" brought renewed relevance to a timeless classic. The 1975 Broadway production was like nothing Broadway had ever seen, and ultimately won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.
Dorothy, a restless Kansas farm girl eager to see more of the world, is transported by a tornado to a magical world of Munchkins, witches, and a yellow brick road. On her way to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, who she believes can help her get back home to Kansas, she encounters the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion - friends who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West and eventually learn that there really is “no place like home.”
March 22, 23, 29, & 30 at 8:00pm
March 24 & 31 at 2:00pm
The Capitol Theatre Windsor
Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
“The Wiz” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.