Photo by Thom Meyer L to R - Ben Tipton, Caitlyn Hood

The Wizard of Oz

At the Victoria Theatre

Thursday, January 12 – Sunday, January 15, 2010

DAYTON, Ohio, December 12, 2011 – Follow Dorothy and Toto’s adventure over the rainbow and back again with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and all the other characters you love. They will be singing and dancing to the songs we have all know since our earliest memories, but this winter, the most popular musical fantasy of all time will be played out live on the Victoria Theatre stage! January 12th through the 15th, 2012, Dayton’s Muse Machine will proudly present the most loved musical fantasy of all time – The Wizard of Oz!

Students from 70 local schools have been rehearsing for the production since mid-October, along with countless parent and community volunteers. Among the rising young stars in the cast, crew and orchestra of The Wizard of Oz are Caitlyn Hood and Ben Tipton, both from the Tipp City community.

Working toward the goal of building a community of talented young people from across the Miami Valley, the musical provides an opportunity for students from rural, urban and suburban communities, and from both public and private schools, to work cooperatively. According to producer Douglas Merk, more than 150 singers, dancers, musicians and crew members will comprise this production and receive pre-professional training from internationally experienced artists, including director Rufus Bonds, Jr. and choreographer Lula Elzy along with music director, and Muse Machine alumnus, Tim Olt.

The Wizard of Oz will be the 28th student musical to be produced by the Muse Machine. Tickets range from $15 to $59 and are on sale exclusively through Ticket Center Stage: 937-228-3630 or Seats for the Muse student musicals often sell out – purchase early to guarantee your seats!

Muse Machine is a nationally recognized arts education organization, providing creative experiences and resources for young people of the Miami Valley for the past 30 years. Since 1982, they have engaged thousands of students through academic-relevant lessons, workshops and in-school projects along with the highly acclaimed annual student musicals and concerts produced for the Miami Valley. For more information, visit