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Wizard of Oz Debuts On New Stage at CNY Arts Center

Miss Withers (Kaylee Foster) arrives to seize Toto (Leah Norton) as Dorothy (Meghan Galvin) looks on in this scene from Wizard of Oz set to debut on CNY Arts Center’s new stage at the River Glen Plaza, CCC campus in Fulton.

Miss Withers (Kaylee Foster) arrives to seize Toto (Leah Norton) as Dorothy (Meghan Galvin) looks on in this scene from Wizard of Oz set to debut on CNY Arts Center’s new stage at the River Glen Plaza, CCC campus in Fulton.

FULTON, NY – CNY Arts Center announces its holiday production, Wizard of Oz, set to open on its brand new stage in its brand new location in River Glen Plaza in Fulton.

The new facility is in partnership with Cayuga Community College and is located in the campus plaza on Route 481 next to Dollar Tree.

Miss Withers (Kaylee Foster) arrives to seize Toto (Leah Norton) as Dorothy (Meghan Galvin) looks on in this scene from Wizard of Oz set to debut on CNY Arts Center’s new stage at the River Glen Plaza, CCC campus in Fulton.
Miss Withers (Kaylee Foster) arrives to seize Toto (Leah Norton) as Dorothy (Meghan Galvin) looks on in this scene from Wizard of Oz set to debut on CNY Arts Center’s new stage at the River Glen Plaza, CCC campus in Fulton.

The popular Kids Onstage production with more than 35 children onstage will run one weekend only, December 12 through 14, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re excited to launch a Kids Onstage musical for the debut production of our new stage,” said Nancy Fox, director. “It is almost three times larger than the previous stage with ample backstage space and dressing rooms offstage, not to mention ample parking and easy accessibility. An army of volunteers has been working hard since mid-October to prepare the space. We’re in the final push now for the Oz set to come together and countless parent volunteers are helping with everything from building set pieces, painting and creating props, costume construction, press photography and marketing. Parents will also assist with ‘kid wrangling’ during the performance run ensuring every child has a positive experience. There is no other way to have a production of this size without the generous help of parent volunteers.”

Also excited about the new stage and facility are returning stage veterans Matt Oldenburg as the Cowardly Lion, Griffin Marriner as the Tin Man, Meghan Galvin as Dorothy, Julia Allen as Glinda, Kaylee Foster as the Wicked Witch of the West and Sean Hein as Oz.

Also returning Kids Onstage actors include Megan Acker as Munchkin Team Leader, Rimma Mankiewicz as Farm Neighbor, Oz Subject and Storm Girls Dance Captain, Don Austin and Simon Bradshaw as Winkie guards, Kyra Baker and Paige Clark as Oz Subjects, Gabriella Greenleaf, Lana Hsu and Thi Huynh as Dancing Poppies, Ben Norton as the Munchkin Mayor, Rueby Holsopple as the Munchkin Doctor, and Tyler Huynh as a Munchkin.

On the new stage, the cast of Oz does warm up exercises during a recent rehearsal for Wizard of Oz, set to debut on CNY Arts Center’s new stage at the River Glen Plaza, CCC campus in Fulton.
On the new stage, the cast of Oz does warm up exercises during a recent rehearsal for Wizard of Oz, set to debut on CNY Arts Center’s new stage at the River Glen Plaza, CCC campus in Fulton.

Leah Norton, as Toto, rounds out the group of returning CNY Arts Center veteran Kids Onstage actors.

Newcomers Justin Atwater as the Scarecrow, Alex Dedich as Uncle Henry, and Sierra Palmer as Aunt Em will debut alongside other newcomers Justin Salmonsen as Nikko, the Winkie Guard, Sidney Bradshaw, Chad Mansfield , and Audrey Donovan as Monkeys, Madelyn Delano, Kara Barrett, Lauren Bradshaw, Mia Knight and Ronan Rodrigues as Munchkins, Sierra Crast and Harper McClave as Farm Neighbors/Oz Subjects.

Brooklyn Saternow and Sadie Pratt as Dancing Poppies complete the cast of newcomers to Kids Onstage.

With expanded seating in the new facility, up to 250, CNY Arts Center will offer all performances in one weekend only. Tickets and reservations are available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com, from any parent or by calling the Center at 598-2787.