This October when we kick off our 2017-2018 COCA Presents Season with The Wiz, we’ll do so with an incredibly talent at the helm. COCA is fortunate to have The Black Rep’s esteemed Ron Himes directing The Wiz: a beloved seven-time Tony Award-winning musical features a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music – including Brand New Day and Home. We spoke with Mr. Himes about what he’s looking forward to and what we can expect of the fall musical.
What enticed you to take on The Wiz as Director?
I have always loved The Wiz and think that is a wonderful story to be shared with young people of all ages. I think it’s so important to keep classic pieces of theatre likeThe Wiz alive.
What specifically do you want to bring to this story?
I hope to capture the magic, the mystery and the spectacle of the magical land of OZ while helping us all to see the simple beauty of the and majesty of HOME and the importance of family and friends.
What are you looking most forward to about the experience?
I am very excited about working with the gifted young people at COCA. I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication of the young people that I have seen perform at COCA. I’m looking forward to helping them to continue their training and their growth as young performing artists.
Any exciting post-Wiz plans?
Right after this project I’m directing the opening show of The Black Rep season, a wonderful play about a dysfunctional family during the holidays. It’s a comedy that deals with aging parents and midlife crises.
The Wiz is a show you don’t want to miss! Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now—Ease on Down the Road and join us for what’s sure to be an amazing production.
FRI, OCT 20 | 7:00PM
SAT, OCT 21 | 1:00 & 5:00PM
SUN, OCT 22 | 1:00 & 5:00PM