Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Wizard of Oz (as influenced by Steampunk) Debuts July 21

Join us for the imaginative, Steampunk influenced production of film classic “The Wizard of Oz” at the 1500-seat, roofed Lincoln Amphitheatre. The stage production, co-produced by the Lincoln Amphitheatre and Evansville Civic Theatre and directed by Chris Tyner, runs July 21 – August 7, Thursday-Saturday evenings with a Sunday matinee.

"My goal in creating this new visualization of Oz is to entice audiences to see what can be done with the magic of theatre,” says Tyner, “showing them that you can take something you have loved since you were a child and bring it forward to the next generation in a new and exciting way,"

And so Tyner, without changing the script, took the well loved story of Dorothy and her dog Toto and used facets of Steampunk, a science fiction and alternative history genre inspired  by both 19th century Victorian Era Britain and the Old American West (think “Wild Wild West” with Will Smith, also Steampunk influenced), to add intriguing visual effects such as monkeys living in the land of Oz and getting around on jet packs and Rollerblades and a yellow brick road extended from the stage.

For more information about Lincoln Amphitheatre’s 2011 season and to purchase tickets for upcoming events, visit or call 800-264-4ABE.

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