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This beloved seven-time Tony Award-winning musical features a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music – including Brand New Day and Home – to create a refreshing update to a timeless classic. The Black Rep’s Ron Himes joins COCA to direct Dorothy and her crew as they adventure through the Land of Oz in an upbeat, family-friendly, retelling of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” (2 hrs, with intermission)


Special thanks to Liz Aurbach and terrier, Sgt. Pepper for their time. Sgt. Pepper is a CHAMP Therapy Dog.

Also special thanks to the Thomas Sappington House Museum 



Ron Himes is the Founder and Producing Director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company, which has developed a national reputation for staging quality productions from an African-American perspective. He founded the company in 1976 while still a student at Washington University, where he graduated with a a bachelor’s degree in business administration. The company is currently based out of the Grandel Square Theatre.

He has produced and directed more than 100 plays at The Black Rep, including August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, the Black Rep’s own I Remember Harlem II. His acting credits include starring roles in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, Sty of the Blind Pig, The Meeting, When The Chickens Came Home to Roost, Boesman and Lena, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and I’m Not Rappaport.

In 2003, Himes was appointed the first Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence at Washington University, a joint appointment of the Performing Arts and African American studies departments. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the St. Louis 2004 Heroes Pierre Laclede Award in 2004; The Arts & Education Council’s: Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001; The Better Family Life’s Creative Artist Award in 1997; the St. Louis Black Repertory Company’s Woodie Award for Best Direction from 1994-1997; and Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1993, and from Washington University in 1997; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Life and Legacy Award from the National Pan-Hellenic Alumni council. In 1993, the Ron Himes Scholarship Fund was established at Webster University in St. Louis.


FRI, OCT 20 | 7PM
SAT, OCT 21 | 1 & 5PM
SUN, OCT 22 | 1 & 5PM

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