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The Wiz TYA Version

Ease on down the road in this Tony-award winning iconic musical. Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz are set to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music.
  • October 7-22, 2023
  • The Playhouse at Overture Center for the Arts

Adapted from
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

Book by
William F. Brown

Additional Material by
Tina Tippit

Music & Lyrics by
Charlie Smalls

75 minutes  |  For ages + 6 and up

Themes: Home, Friendship, Freedom

The Wiz (Theater for Young Audiences Version)

Ease on down the road in this iconic Tony-award winning musical. Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz are set to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music. The extraordinary score features favorite songs such as “Soon as I Get Home,” “Slide Some Oil To Me,” “He’s a Mean Old Lion,” and many more.

Directed by Jamal Howard
Music Direction by Christie Chiles Twillie

Want to enhance your theater experience?

Our enrichment guide provides additional learning, activities and resources. Filled with conversation starters and resources galore, this guide can be utilized to prepare young audience members for the show, introduce them to the theater, encourage them to reflect on their experience, engage them in an activity, and enrich their overall experience with the play.

“The biggest theme in the Wiz is courage. It’s what the lion is looking for, but I think it’s what all of them are looking for. And I think of courage as the power to tell your story truthfully. And that’s such an important thing to exemplify for our young audience members to show people how to be themselves fully in their communities and to communicate their needs and their wants and their desires in a clear way where they can get what they need in life.”

– Jamal Howard, Director

Lead sponsor:
Woodman's Markets

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Meet The Cast and Creative Team!

Asiah Aman Wagabaza Doyle
Asiah Aman Wagabaza Doyle
Wiz, Kalidah

Asiah is is very excited to work once again with CTM, the company that started it all for him. He had his first performing arts experience through a CTM Summer Stage program and has since graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Theater Arts and a minor in Guitar. He has worked with theater/music groups such as UWEC Theater/Music, Theater LILA, Forward Theater, Madison Opera, and more. Asiah sends love to family and friends made along the way!

Kiah Calmese Walker
Kiah Calmese Walker
Addaperle, Ozian

Kiah is overjoyed to be working with CTM in her debut performance as Addaperle! As a seasoned singer/songwriter, recording artist, and Worship Leader, with a background in commercial acting, Kiah brings over 35 years of vocal and drama performance experience to the Overture stage. She’s most excited and grateful to be joining The Wiz cast alongside her daughter, Briah! Kiah thanks her husband, Brett, family, and CTM for this opportunity.

Shasparay Irvin
Shasparay Irvin
Glinda, Kalidah, Ozian, U/S Winkie/Aunt Em

Shasparay is a multi-hyphenate artist who is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Arts Matter Festival and was the 2022 4th Ranked Woman Slam Poet in the World (W.OW.P.S). Shasparay has a Master’s in Arts Administration and a B.S. in Theatre from UW-Madison. She directed and acted in a virtual play for CTM’s Goodwin Project and is thrilled to join an in-person CTM production for the first time.

Laura McMillan
Laura McMillan
U/S Evillene, U/S Scarecrow, & U/S Addaperle

Laura is is excited to be returning to the CTM for her 3rd season! Most notable credits include: A Christmas Carol as Lucy (CTM), Peter Pan as Jukes (CTM), Little Shop of Horrors as Ronnette (Edgewood), Broadway at Paliku as Rafiki (Hawaii). Laura would like to thank her girlfriend, Cassie, and best friend, Scott, who have always given nothing but their love and support throughout her career.

Marty Martin
Marty Martin
Uncle Henry, Kalidah, Ozian, Lord High Underling, U/S Wiz, U/S Lion

Marty is very happy to be working with CTM for the first time. He has performed in various theatres throughout the Midwest, most recently at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls, SD. His favorite past productions include Big River (Shady Lane Playhouse), Pippin (Rockford College), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (The Orpheum Theatre). Thank the Lord for all his kindness!

De’Jah Jervai
De’Jah Jervai
Aunt Em, Evillene, Crow, Kalidah

De’Jah is thrilled for her CTM debut! Regional credits include The Real Housewives of Motown (Black Ensemble Theater), Kinky Boots (Paramount Theatre), Innovation Nation (Griffin Theatre), and Suessical (Wagon Wheel Theatre). Dej is an alumna of Columbia College, ChiArts, The National Youngarts Foundation, and represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent in Chicago. Believe in yourself; Home is in your heart.

Kevin James Sievert
Kevin James Sievert
Lion

Kevin is excited to be working with CTM for the first time. He has previously been seen in Madison with Music Theatre of Madison (Who’s Your Baghdaddy) and Capital City Theatre (Kate Baldwin in Concert). Other Credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) with Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, Spring Awakening (Otto, U/S Moritz) with Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago, and The Wiz (Ensemble, U/S Lion) with New Bedford Festival Theatre. Enjoy!

Ogunde Tremayne
Ogunde Tremayne
Scarecrow

Ogunde, pronounced OH-Gun-dee, is a 2021 BFA Acting graduate from Ball State University and a Gary, IN native who is INcredibly excited to play his childhood dream role of Scarecrow made famous by another Gary, IN native! You may have previously seen Ogunde in Kinky Boots with Highland Park Players in IL, or Bob Marley’s 3 little Birds with First Stage in Milwaukee. You can catch him next in CTM’s A Christmas Carol as Christmas Present! Ogunde sends his love and gratitude.

Joshua Walker
Joshua Walker
Tinman

Joshua is a New Jersey/New York-based actor and writer. Some of his favorite roles include Tom Collins in Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, Jack the Bear in Jelly’s Last Jam, and Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act. He is also in the heat of creating his own musical! Joshua is thrilled and privileged to be working at CTM with this amazing cast.

Vanessa Anderson
Vanessa Anderson
Ensemble

Vanessa is an 8th grader at Central Heights Middle School. She enjoys singing, drawing, art, and attending her church youth group. She has enjoyed performing in CTM’s summer camps and classes. Vanessa recently performed in Cinderella Youth Edition as the Fairy Godmother at Sun Prairie Civic Theatre. She is proud to be in her first mainstage production at CTM! Special thanks to her dad and mom for all of their support!

Nyla Sabrine Eltahir
Nyla Sabrine Eltahir
U/S Dorothy

Nyla is beyond grateful to be working with CTM for the first time! She grew up in Madison and went on to earn her BFA in acting and minor in dance from UW Stevens Point. Favorite past productions include The Wolves (UW Stevens Point) and The Little Mermaid (Broadway Palm Dinner Theater). She would like to thank all of the wonderful teachers she has had for all they have taught her, as well as her friends and family for their endless support.

Alleanah Hancock-Jammeh
Alleanah Hancock-Jammeh
Dorothy

Alleanah is honored to be Dorothy with CTM. She has enjoyed singing with Madison Youth Choirs and sang with MYC on their summer tour in Scotland. She took part in the May 2023 CTM Imagination Celebration and musicals at her high school. Alleanah is in 11th grade at Madison West High School, and enjoys singing, acting, writing, and art. She would like to give a special thanks to her family who has given her love and support.

Blithe Matthews
Blithe Matthews
Ensemble

Blithe is very excited to be making her theatrical debut in The Wiz. Blithe is a 5th grader at Olson Elementary School and enjoys running the 800m dash and hurdles in track. She loves to read, write, and participate in activities with “Black Girl Magic.” Blithe has enjoyed working with everyone in this wonderful cast, and is thankful for her mom and dad for supporting her and making all her activities possible.

Beatrix Pauli
Beatrix Pauli
Ensemble

Beatrix is thrilled to be back on stage with CTM. Recently Bea was in CTM’s Summer Stage edition of Newsies Jr. and in their 2023 mainstage production of Peter Pan. This summer Bea experienced her first movie role in Spider Gwen: Last Dance. Outside of acting, Bea loves to sing, read, and volunteer at her local radio station WVMO. Bea is an 8th grader at Glacial Drumlin. She gives a big thank you to her family and friends for all their support.

Mashyah Taylor-Blair
Mashyah Taylor-Blair
Ensemble

Mashyah is in 7th grade at Blackhawk Middle School and is performing on stage with CTM for the very first time. Shyah is a talented gymnast with an outgoing spirit! She’s very smart, loves to majorette, and is excited to perform with CTM. She is grateful to her mom for all of her support.

Julius Voneden
Julius Voneden
Ensemble

Julius is excited to perform in his first show with CTM! He is a 6th grader at Blackhawk Middle School and was in his elementary school’s performance of The Lion King as Puma. Juju sang in a show at the Overture Center and knows how to play the piano. He loves to play football and games on his PlayStation. Thanks to his mom for all of her support!

Briah Carli Walker
Briah Carli Walker
Ensemble

Briah is thrilled to perform with CTM in her Overture performance debut! She has enjoyed a range of roles for various productions (CTM, VACT & CFAM) – the most memorable being her portrayal of Almira/The Wicked Witch of the West in CTM’s 2022 Summer Stage production of The Wizard of Oz. With a passion for acting, writing, illustration, and music, Briah enjoys life as a 7th grader at Oregon Middle School. She thanks her family for love, support, and covering!

Devon Wells
Devon Wells
Ensemble

Devon is thrilled to make his CTM debut in this production of The Wiz! He is grateful for the chance to perform outside of school! Devon is a Junior at Vel Phillips Memorial High School. He enjoys singing, writing songs, performing, dancing, and playing piano and guitar. He would like to thank his family for always encouraging him and his love of music, and his choir teachers for always encouraging him to challenge himself!

Phoebe Werner
Phoebe Werner
Ensemble

Phoebe is ecstatic to be performing again with CTM. She most recently performed in APT’s Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs) and Children’s Theater of Madison’s productions of Finder and the North Star (Finder); A Christmas Carol (Fan, Ensemble); and Stellaluna (Physical Actor for Flap). She is looking forward to seeing a musical (or two!) at Overture this fall. Special thanks to her mom and puppy Butter for their support. Enjoy the show!

DID YOU KNOW?

Sensory Kits are available at all performances, including noise reducing headphones. (Thanks to CI Pediatric Therapy Center!)