Fox Valley Repertory Performing Arts Academy is proud to announce their Youth Ensemble summer musical, "The Wizard of Oz", scheduled to perform at the Pheasant Run Mainstage (4051 East Main St. St. Charles, IL 60174) on July 20, 2013 through July 28, 2013. However, putting on a production such as "The Wizard of Oz" is no easy feat financially for the Academy. That is why starting this month, up until the last performance of the show, FVR Performing Arts Academy is selling and featuring yellow bricks for families, patrons, and local businesses to wish good luck to the cast members or to advertise a business' products and services.
The yellow bricks will be displayed in the Pheasant Run Mainstage Lobby and it is the Academy's hope that they can build a full yellow brick road to Oz! Bricks will be sold at $5 each and all proceeds will go towards offsetting the cost of producing the show, such as professional directors, designers, choreographers, set designs, scripts, and sheet music. Bricks can be purchased through any of the cast members of "The Wizard of Oz" and the Pheasant Run Resort Box Office, as well as at local retailers, Sensible Threadz and Biggby Coffee in St. Charles.
The Youth Ensemble is an audition only program that allows students to learn and grow from several performance opportunities each year. "Wizard of Oz" marks FVR's 21st Youth Ensemble production and features cast members ranging from ages 5 -17 years of age from the Fox Valley area.
"The Wizard of Oz" cast members include Bartlett: Maegan Daniels, Batavia: Riley, Brooke & Taylor Herrera, Anna Laurich Elburn: Madison Rae Elgin: Allison Reiger Geneva: Gracie Ferguson, Lauren Isenhart, Ana Powell, Rebecca Roy Glen Ellyn: Sarah Schulte Hanover Park: Hayley Troyan Hoffman Estates: Gabrielle Pelayo Montgomery: Jonah Harder North Aurora: Rece Komorn Plainfield: Peyton Klingbeil Schaumburg: Jason & Melissa Wickland St. Charles: Sophia Bettini, Malea Kinnison, Merryn McKeough, Kira Nutter, Emma Walsh, Paige Woeste, Keelan Yarusso West Chicago: Deanne Capinpin, Cooper Chavez.
Sensible Threadz: Clothing, Bedding, & Bath is a discounted name-brand new and resale shop for infant to junior women's sizes at wholesale prices, as well as carrying local artisan hand-made/custom-made accessory items. Sensible Threadz also purchases gently used infant to junior women's clothing for cash or in-store credit. The store is proud to promote several different local charities, shelters, and organization throughout the Fox Valley area. The store is located on 208 S. Kirk Road in St. Charles, their operating hours are Monday through Friday 12 -- 8 p.m., Saturday 11-5 p.m., and closed on Sunday. For more information, visit www.sensiblethreadz.com.
Biggby Coffee is a coffee shop and café owned by FVR Academy parents Jennifer and Todd Madziarcyzk that features gourmet coffee and non-coffee beverages. They are proud to support local organizations and charities of the Fox Valley Area. Biggby Coffee is located at 117 West Main Street in St. Charles. Hours of operation are Monday -- Saturday 6 a.m. -- 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
The Fox Valley Repertory Performing Arts Academy is a non-profit organization and features some of the Chicago area's most respected teachers, directors, actors, and musicians. It is home to over 1,000 local youth students and offers the most extensive curriculum in the Fox Valley area: classes, camps, workshops, youth ensemble, productions, and internship programs. Since 2006, the Performing Arts Academy has had over 2,800 student enrollments, offered over 250 individual classes in a variety of disciplines and presented over 20 Youth Ensemble shows on the Pheasant Run Mainstage.
For more information, visit www.foxvalleyrep.org/education or call (630)364-0660. For tickets, call the Pheasant Run Box Office at (630)584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org/WizardofOz.