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Philadelphia Dance Theatre presents Joy Delaney Capponi’s ballet ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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On June 14, Philadelphia Dance Theatre is proud to present a vibrant, crowd-pleasing ballet version of the “The Wizard of Oz.” Local dancers will take Philadelphia and surrounding suburban audiences on a delightful journey with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion as they encounter dancing trees, monkeys and more in exploration of the Land of Oz.

This artistic version,based on the L. Frank Baum book and inspired by the 1939 classical fantasy film, was originally choreographed by Delaney Capponi in 2006 to accentuate the distinctive talents of Philadelphia Dance Theatre’s dance troupe. “I am so pleased to re-stage this ballet. Reviving this classic American tale and sharing it with this new cast has been a delight.” says Delaney Capponi. Accompanying music is arranged to familiar scores of Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Aram Katachurian, and Mikhail Glinka.

The ballet was truly a collaborative effort to bring to life. In addition to Capponi’s choreography, British costume designer Gloria Langton created whimsical costumes and Mt. Airy artist Chris Fox painstakingly created sets so the dancers could move and manipulate on stage.

Pictured are Nicole and Ella DiGiovani of Roxborough, Jorge Rullan of Philadelphia, and Andreas Bezahler of Chestnut Hill.  Photo courtesy of  Susan Pardys.

Pictured are Nicole and Ella DiGiovani of Roxborough, Jorge Rullan of Philadelphia, and Andreas Bezahler of Chestnut Hill.
Photo courtesy of Susan Pardys.

“The Wizard of Oz,” performances will take place on Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at William Penn Charter’s The Kurtz Center, 3000 West Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 seniors, students, and children ages 12 and under and may be purchased online at www.philadancetheatre.org or at the door.

For groups of 15 or more, please contact Crystal Swiggett at 215-247-4272 on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About Philadelphia Dance Theatre

Philadelphia Dance Theatre provides exceptional classical and contemporary dance training for beginners through pre-professional students. Alumni have gone on to professional careers and to study under scholarship with internationally recognized schools. Each year, PDT’s performing company presents the acclaimed “A Philadelphia Nutcracker” in December, a contemporary concert featuring new works by commissioned choreographers in Winter, and a showcase featuring the students of Philadelphia Dance Theatre in Spring.

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Mike Berman