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Axelrod Modern Ballet Theater Oz

In partnership with the Heart for the Arts at Monmouth College, the Axelrod Contemoprary Ballet Theater (AXCBT) will current the world premiere of Inventive Director Gabriel Chajnik’s multi-media dance musical, The Misplaced Princess of Oz, within the Pollak Theater at Monmouth College in Lengthy Department, NJ. A particular preview efficiency will characteristic a Q&A with Chajnik and the artists following the efficiency on August 19. The manufacturing opens on Saturday, August 20 at 7:30pm, and runs over two weekends with 9 whole performances ending on Sunday, August 28. 

The manufacturing serves as a sequel to The Wizard of Oz and was conceived of and directed and choreographed by Chajnik, with libretto by Shannon Hill primarily based on two L. Frank Baum classics, The Misplaced Princess of Oz and Ozma of Oz. It continues the adventures of beloved characters Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion, Glinda the Good Witch of the North and the Wizard of Ozwhereas introducing new characters together with the Frogman, the Patchwork Woman and Tik-Tok. The Misplaced Princess of Oz follows the group as they seek for Princess Ozma to recuperate the magic stolen from Oz. 

The forged options Asbury Park’s personal chart-topping nation duo, Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown of Williams Honor. Brown performs Frank L. Baum who sits on the stage writing the unfolding story on his typewriter because it occurs on stage. Richards narrates the story as “Billina the Speaking Hen.” 

“I’m honored to deliver collectively such an unbelievable staff,” Chajnik stated. “I’ve been envisioning making a magical story about what occurs subsequent for Dorothy and her pals in Oz, and our gifted artists have created a present that may lead our viewers on a fascinating and exhilarating journey. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Vaune Peck, director on the Heart for the Arts, on this challenge. I’m thrilled to deliver this fairy story to life on the fantastically renovated Pollak Theater at Monmouth College.” 

The forged is comprised of AXCBT firm members and college students (ages seven and up) from native dance studios. Along with Richards and Brown, the skilled forged contains Denzel Inexperienced because the Cowardly Lion, Paulo Gutierrez because the Scarecrow, Alyssa Harris as Caykee, Lindsey Jorgensen because the “dancing Billina,” Olivia Miranda because the Patchwork Woman, Jose Rojas because the Tin Man, whereas Tuyaya Balzhieva and Gillian Worek and can alternate within the position of Glinda the Good Witch. Scholar dancers spherical out the forged, together with Lilakoi Grover and Alina Xio, who alternate within the position of Dorothy; Scarlet Collins as Jellia Jam; and AXCBT Trainee Deshon Parkman as Frogman. 

Andrew Black, who appeared in Something Goes on Broadway, created the faucet numbers for Collins (Jellia Jam). 

A blue grass-infused rating composed by Chris Becker will probably be carried out stay at each efficiency by an ensemble, which incorporates musicians chosen by Maestro Jason Tramm. 

“This manufacturing wouldn’t have been realized with out the super assist of Axelrod Performing Arts Heart (APAC), APAC CEO Jess Levy, APAC Inventive Director Andrew DePrisco and AXCBT President Elise Feldman,” stated Chajnik. “The sources they supply are invaluable, and so they encourage me to not solely dream ‘massive’ but additionally understand my imaginative and prescient. A particular thanks additionally goes to New Music USA for funding the stay music for this work.” 

Axelrod Modern Ballet Theater’s The Misplaced Princess of Oz will probably be introduced at New Jersey’s Pollak Theater from August 19-28. For extra info, go to



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