Dance Gives Lighthearted Twist to Oz Classic

Posted on 10/11/2012 1:34:32 PM

Dance Theater, produced by the Department of Theater and Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present A Whirlwind to Oz on October 19 and 20, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Zink Dance Auditorium. A matinee performance will be offered on Sunday, October 21, at 2:00 p.m.

A new twist on an old classic, the storyline of this dance production follows the basic structure of the classic tale written by L. Frank Baum, but takes liberties with the characters and the places as it unfolds a unique version of the story.

A Whirlwind to Oz follows the journey of Dorothy, Toto, Scary Bro, Tinsel Woman, and Lionel the Accessory Coward as they travel to Emerald Island in search of answers. Along the way, they encounter other characters, including Glinda the Bedazzle Witch, the Wicked Witch of Prada, and, eventually, the Enchantress of Oz.

Dorothy, along with her new friends, learn important lessons about life as they face each situation encountered on their expedition.

IUP Dance Theater is under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton.

A Whirlwind to Oz

Tickets for A Whirlwind to Oz are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Tickets are also available online at or by calling 724-357-1313.

Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $8 with a university I-Card. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

IUP Dance Theater is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

Pictured from left to right are Lisa Schneider as Dorothy, Lindsey Grove as the Good Witch, and Malaya Garett as the Wicked Witch.


Dance Theater


A Whirlwind to Oz

October 19, 2012
7:00 p.m.

October 20, 2012
7:00 p.m.

October 21, 2012
2:00 p.m.

Zink Hall Dance Studio

IUP’s Dance Theater presents their unique account of what really happened on Dorothy’s journey to Oz. General Admission: $14 Regular/ $12 Discount/ $8 I-Card

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For more information, visit Whirlwind to Oz, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.