Wizard of Oz casting announced for upcoming Orpheum performances

March 19th, 2017

Our leading lady, Dorothy, will be danced by Anwen David and Julie Marie Niekrasz. Julie previously danced the role of Glinda, and this will be Anwen's first Wizard of Oz with Ballet Memphis, but you'll recognize both of their wonder-filled moves from numerous awe-inspiring performances. 

2_sergio6.jpg2_oscar5.jpgAlong her travels Dorothy becomes fast friends with the Scarecrow. This season the role will be danced by Sergio Masero-Olarte and Oscar Fernandez, both full Company members originally from Spain who have made high-leaping names for themselves on our stage. 

2_brandon7.jpg2_jared.jpgNo strangers to leading male roles, our Tin Man will be danced by Brandon Ramey and Jared Brunson. Having danced both Cavalier and lead Russian in Nutcracker this season, you'll why their athleticism is perfect for this role too. 

2_john.jpg2_george.jpgThe role may be Cowardly Lion, but dancers John Deming and George Sanders offer bravely quirky, yet athletic performances of Dorothy's favorite friend that will win your heart, and your applause.  

2_eileen.jpg2_cecily.jpgBeautiful, elegant Glinda gives Dorothy just what she needs for her adventure, and dancers Eileen Frazer and Cecily Khuner will delight you as well with their powerfully enchanting performances. 

2_crystal.jpg2_virginia1.jpgPowerful, mysterious, and yes, green, our Wicked Witch is no stranger to stealing the show. Crystal Brothers will reprise one of her favorite roles (and you might recognize her in the advertising as well!) And Virginia Pilgrim Ramey, who previously danced the role of Dorothy, will take an evil turn this go around as well. 

2_rafael6.jpg2_alberto.jpgAlso reprising his "magical," comical and lovable performance as Wizard this season is Rafael Ferreras. Alberto Gaspar will also dance the role in this, his first, Ballet Memphis Wizard of Oz production. 

Full casting of our poppies, monkey and even our student munchkins will be announced next week, as well as which cast will be dancing for which performance. 

Tickets are available now at tickets.balletmemphis.org and start at only $7 for performances April 8-9 at The Orpheum.