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Theater plans first community production

'The Wizard of Oz' coming in June

DIXON – The Historic Dixon Theatre Group is following the Yellow Brick Road to its first community stage production.

“The Wizard of Oz” will be coming to the theater at 114 S. Galena Ave. June 12-14, with auditions slated for sometime in late January and early February for actors of all ages.

It’s part of continued efforts to revitalize the nearly century-old theater.

“We’re very excited and honored for this opportunity to bring theater back to the Dixon and Sauk Valley area,” production manager Sean Ports said in a news release. “Hopefully, with help from our community, we can create an experience that’s entertaining for Dixon audiences and enjoyable for everyone involved not just next year but for many years to come.”

The production team is also looking for staff positions and backstage crew including music coaches, pit band director and musicians, piano rehearsal accompanist, stage managers, choreographers, and several others to help out. Applications will be accepted through the end of November.

Tim Boles, general manager for Dixon Stage Left, is directing.

Earlier this month, theater officials announced finalizing the creation of its new nonprofit, the Historic Dixon Theatre Group, to take over operations from longtime managing nonprofit Dixon Theatre Renovation Inc.

Plans to pursue a different management direction for the theater started in 2016, following about 2 years of confusion as to whether the theater was owned by DTRI or the county.

The city, county and nonprofit entered into a partnership in 2017 to create a new group to take on ownership and decisions for the theater, and the City Council approved filing articles of incorporation with the Illinois Secretary of State for creating the group in January.

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