Follow the yellow brick road! The Wizard of Oz comes to EPAC!

December 7 - 23

"'The Wizard of Oz' is a winner at EPAC"

Jane Holahan, Lancaster Online

"It was Oz-some!"

Michael C. Upton, The Ephrata Review

After a tornado takes her to a faraway land, all Dorothy wants is to get back home. But she’ll have to travel through the magical land of Oz to the Emerald City first! Along the way, she’ll meet Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Together they journey to meet the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in hopes of finding a brain, a heart, courage, and a way home!


Rich Mehrenberg,
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The Wizard of Oz was first turned into a musical extravaganza by L. Frank Baum himself. A loose adaptation of Baum's 1900 novel (there is no Wicked Witch or Toto, and there are some new characters), it first played in Chicago in 1902 and was a success on Broadway the following year. It then toured for seven years. The 1939 film adaptation bore a closer resemblance to the storyline of Baum's original novel than most previous versions. It was a strong success, winning the Academy Awards for best song and best score, and has been frequently broadcast on television. This was followed, in 1945, by a musical theater adaptation presented at the St. Louis Municipal Opera (MUNY). The Wizard of Oz has become a yearly holiday tradition, and we are happy to present his timeless classic for the entire family on our Mainstage.

Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they follow the yellow brick road to help get Dorothy back home again. We can all relive our first childhood fantasy as we journey through Oz, where things are strange but beautiful. EPAC is watching the hourglass, waiting until we can share this gift with you.

The Wizard of Oz will run from December 7 - 23, at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 717-733-7966 x 1.

EPAC would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who made this show possible.

EPAC’s Show Sponsors are Clark Associates Companies and Ephrata National Bank

EPAC’s Partial Show Sponsor is Hagelgans & Veronis

EPAC’s Opening Night Sponsor is Member's First Federal Credit Union

EPAC’s Individual Show Sponsors are Ken and Louise Hess

EPAC’s Closing Night Sponsors are Marcia Stoner and David Dierwechter

EPAC’s Toto Sponsor is The Brownstown Animal Hospital

EPAC’s Scarecrow Sponsor is Argires Marotti Neurosurgical Associates of Lancaster

EPAC's Tin Man Sponsor is Ingham's Powder Coating

EPAC's Cowardly Lion Sponsor is Bachman's Roofing, Building and Remodeling

EPAC's 2017 season sponsor is 12:34 MicroTechnologies.

EPAC's 2017 season sponsor is Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA.

EPAC's 2017 season media sponsor is Blue Ridge Communications.

Win a keepsake poster commemorating The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz Show Poster

You could also be the lucky winner of a limited edition original piece of art signed by the entire cast and crew! Yes, one of these limited pieces will be secured and signed by the entire cast and crew of EPAC's production of The Wizard of Oz.

This special legacy piece is going to be raffled during the run of The Wizard of Oz with the drawing to be held closing day, December 23. You need not be present to win! Raffle tickets will be sold 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 8 for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, your home for theater that matters!


Creative Team

Director - Irving Gonzalez
Assistant Director - Ed Fernandez
Stage Manager - Jamie Latshaw
Lighting Designer - Jeff Cusano
Sound - Brian Nofke
Costumes - Kate Wilman
Props - Keith Eyrich
Music Director - Zach Smith
Vocal Coach - Tara Beitzel
Rehearsal Pianist - Valerie Sensenig


Dorothy - Josey Terry Scarecrow - Rick Kopecky
Tin Man - Zander Gawn
Lion - Bob Checchia
Glinda - Kayla Klase
Wicked Witch - Liz Checchia
Wizard / Professor Marvel - John Kleimo
Uncle Henry / Gatekeeper - Bruce Weaver
Aunt Em - Bryna Freeman
Nikko - Bobby Checchia

Ensemble - Male
Angel Wratto
Zach Deporter
DJ Harris
JP Welliver
Cameron Snelbaker
Brett Devlin
Niko Kochel

Ensemble - Female
Juliana Martin
Sidoney Freeman
Heather Troxell
Janet Josephson
Greta Fairbanks
Maya Burdick

Addelyn Aument
Hadyn Checchia
Emily Checchia
Carly Evans
Julia Fairbanks
Paige Fairbanks
Chloe Kantner
Kaia Kantner
John Laube
Abby Leiboff
Abby Lesher
Aubrrey Metzler
Connor Moodie
Camryn Niven
Nala Samuel
Raya Samuel
Sanjay Samuel
Delaney Sauder
Zach Sensining
Teagan Upton
Cameron Werder
Christian Wolf
Noah Woods
Olivia Woods

Niko Chasser
Damian Hemsley
Will Sensensig

The Wizard of Oz is sponsored by:

Show Sponsors

Clark Associates Companies
Ephrata National Bank

Partial Show Sponsor

Hagelgans & Veronis

Opening Night Sponsor

Member's First Federal Credit Union

Individual Show Sponsors

Ken and Louise Hess

Closing Night Sponsors

Marcia Stoner and David Dierwechter

Toto Sponsor

The Brownstown Animal Hospital

Scarecrow Sponsor

Argires Marotti Neurosurgical Associates of Lancaster

Tin Man Sponsor

Ingham's Powder Coating

Cowardly Lion Sponsor

Bachman's Roofing, Building and Remodeling

Season Sponsor

12:34 MicroTechnologies.

Season Sponsor

Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA.

Season Media Sponsor

Blue Ridge Communications.



More Information


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The 2019 Season at EPAC
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Box Office
(717) 733-7966

Address (Physical)
320 Cocalico Street, Ephrata Community Park
Ephrata, PA 17522

Address (Mailing)
PO Box 173
Ephrata, PA 17522
2018 Season Sponsor
12:34 MicroTechnologies
2018 Season Sponsor
Commonwealth Charter Academy -- CCA
2018 Season Media Sponsor
Blue Ridge Communications

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