Things to Know Before You Go to The Wiz at Children’s Theatre Company

This past weekend, I was able to attend one of the opening weekend shows for Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre’s production of The Wiz.

The modern day twist of the classic story was very well done by a star studded cast and deserved the standing ovation it received at the end.

Here’s a few things to know before you go:

1. This is the first time CTC and Penumbra Theatre have collaborated but I have a feeling it won’t be the last. For those not familiar, Penumbra Theatre was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy to create a forum for African American voices in the Twin Cities theatre community. Penumbra has achieved national recognition for its quality productions and role in launching the career of many respected playwrights, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. Today, Penumbra Theatre is Minnesota’s only professional African American theatre, and is one of only three professional African American theatres in the nation that offer a full season of performances.

2. The Wiz is best enjoyed by older kids and adults. I would say older elementary. There are some scary parts, strobe lights and magical concepts that young children might find overwhelming and also frightening. I would not bring my 4 year old. You can read all of the content advisories on their website.

3. The Wiz runs about two hours with a 15 minute intermission.

4. Paris Bennett, who plays Dorothy, was a top 5 American Idol contestant. That girl can sing!

5. This is the most diverse play I’ve ever seen at CTC, not just because of the cast but the audience as well. It’s inspiring to see the Twin Cities come together and celebrate this diversity.

The Wiz is playing on the United Health Stage through March 18 and tickets are still available online.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I am so thankful to work with CTC as one of their influencer partners. All opinions expressed above are mine and mine alone.