The Newport Opera House Association (NOHA) is pleased to announce the return of Charles H. Massey to the Opera House stage to direct the spring production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, to run April 10-12, 2015. Massey served as Executive Director of NOHA for ten years before retiring and moving to his home state on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
David Hoyt, Vice-President of the Newport Opera House Association and Executive Producer of the spring production says MASSEY will return to Newport in late January 2015, when he and his production crew will begin auditions and rehearsals. The NOHA Board of Directors are pleased to share this news with the public. Hoyt states that he has been working on bringing Charles back to the Opera House since “he left us four years ago”. “We are thrilled and delighted to have Charles returning to the Opera House–if only for one production”, said Hoyt who has worked on all of Massey’s shows.
In addition to his Newport Opera House experience, Massey was associated with the New London Barn Playhouse for years. It was the Barn that brought him to New Hampshire and it was Newport High School and the Newport Opera House Association that kept him here. Massey considers the Newport Opera House Association the greatest creative achievement in his life. Since his “retirement” and move to North Carolina, he has been involved with the Roanoke Island Historical Association where he serves as Director of Marketing for THE LOST COLONY, the nation’s longest running outdoor symphonic drama.
Massey’s direction of THE WIZARD OF OZ will mark the 23rd show he has directed in the historic building. The musical is adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum and the popular MGM movie with music and lyrics by Harold Arien and E.Y. Harburg. In case you are wondering, all of the music from the movie is included in the stage production.
Hoyt states that like all Massey musicals, this will be a big show. It could well be the largest production the Opera House stage has ever seen. The cast is very large and will need actors of every shape and size. The munchkin ensemble alone requires at least 25 children. There are well over 200 costumes and seventeen different sets required for the production.
Dan Cherry, President of NOHA, is encouraging everyone who has ever worked on one of the shows in the past to rest up and get ready for this big event for the Opera House and the entire Connecticut River Valley. Get ready to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Newport Opera House for what is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.
More information about auditions and rehearsals will follow in the weeks to come, as well as other information about the show. Any business, person or organization that would like to sponsor or participate in any part of production is encouraged to call the Newport Opera House Association at 603-863-2412.
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