ARTS to stage “Wizard of Oz”

By Owen Wells -

LOGAN, W.Va. — Audiences are set to follow the fabled yellow brick road this summer as Southern Coalition for the ARTS is preparing their production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The theatre company is set stage performances of the beloved musical at the Coalfield Jamboree in downtown Logan July 29, 30 and 31 and August 4,5,6 and 7.

“This is our first show of the 2016 season, and it’s the first time the ARTS has taken on such a beloved theatre classic. We are excited to invite everyone to come and be swept away to the wonderful and mysterious land of Oz,” noted Leah Clay with the ARTS.

The ARTS’ recent dinner theater production of the murder mystery “The Final Cut” drew a large crowd and rave reviews.

Funds raised by the one-night-only show are being used to cover production costs of “The Wizard of Oz.

The cast of “The Wizard of Oz” is as follows:

Dorothy will be played by Faith Bell. Bob Fields will play the Tin Man. The role of the Cowardly Lion will be played be Michael Gore. Adam Terry will be portray the Scarecrow. The Wicked Witch will be played Rachel Noe-Maynard. Kayla Marcum will be Glenda and the Wizard of Oz will be portrayed by Justin McCloud.

During an interview with the Logan Banner, Rachel Noe-Maynard with the ARTS explained the upcoming season will be a busy one for the theatre troupe.

Noe-Maynard confirmed the ARTS will bring the genesis of the modern zombie film genre “Night of the Living Dead” to life at the Coalfield Jamboree stage in time for Halloween.

The group plans to the year by putting on a Christmas concert at the Coalfield.

“We are doing this entire season as a tribute to our guiding stars Danny Ray and Jesse Murray and our mentor Liz Spurlock,” added Noe-Maynard.

Anyone interested in more information or ticket reservations can call 304-785-0547. The ARTS can be found on facebook at

By Owen Wells

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at

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