Saturday, April 28, 2012


Darke County Center for the Arts will present American Family Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, May 6 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. “For so many reasons, this is the perfect show to complete Memorial Hall's Centennial Celebration and end our Family Theatre season,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Generations of families have loved and shared this story which has been around longer than the Hall itself; the comfort and joy found by returning home provides an appropriate theme for celebrating this place through which generations of local citizens have passed,” Rawlins stated. Curtain time for The Wizard of Oz is 2 p.m.

According to Mr. Rawlins, Philadelphia-based American Family Theater, which performs in over 300 venues across the nation each year, is committed to presenting full-scale musical productions for the entire family that capture the spirit of timeless classics. “AFT understands the excitement and magic of live on-stage performances,” the DCCA spokesperson explained. “Their production values result in a spectacular, entertaining show which entertains youngsters and delights adults,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Family Theatre Series is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, The Andersons Inc., Dr. Doug Gordon, Midmark Corporation, Edison Community College, Greenville Rotary Club, Jordan Insurance Agencies, and Wayne Healthcare. DCCA also receives funding for this series from Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and HOPE Foundation, plus operating support from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial and DCCA memberships. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans; this program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $5, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or Advance tickets may also be purchased at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

Other special DCCA events have been planned in conjunction with the Memorial Hall Centennial Celebration. DCCA will present “An Evening of Legacy” featuring local performers at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show are $5, and will be sold at the door. Additionally, DCCA will present the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's “Stars and Stripes Forever” program on Saturday, May 5; tickets for that performance are $30, with a special student price of $15, and may be obtained by contacting DCCA.

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