Wizard of Oz coming to Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater

SEAN BAUTE | WAVE 3 News

The Iroquois Amphitheater is back open, and it leads to the Emerald City.

ACT Louisville Productions is putting on a production of the Wizard of Oz that runs from July 30 to Aug. 1 at Iroquois Amphitheater.

It’s a big step for post-pandemic performances in the city.

Even the great wizard wasn’t immune to COVID-19. Performances at venues across the country were sidelined for more than a year.

The actors and actresses that will be gracing the stage are glad to be back.

“Being on stage is what we do,” Trent Everett Byer, who will portray the Cowardly Lion, said. “I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. Last year was bleak, but it’s good to be able to get some work in and just know that in about a week, that’s going to be filled with people.”

Sean Baute with the Wizard of Oz cast

ACT Louisville Productions is hoping to develop young talent and create an interest in the arts with this production.

There are several younger performers to keep an eye on, including brother and sister combo Gabe and Lucy Finn.

“Theater is finally coming back, and I think it’s really cool that I get to share this experience with my sister,” said 15-year-old Gabe, “because it’s just going to be an amazing show.”

Gabe and 12-year-old Lucy are both members of the ensemble. Lucy is also a Dorothy understudy.

You can find tickets to see the show at https://www.actlouisville.com/the-wizard-of-oz

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