The Munchkins were amazing to provide The Ohio Burlesque Festival with an interview about their upcoming Event "A Wicked Wonderland" Co Produced by Ryan Jackson - The Hannah Theater will be the stage This Monday December 16th, This is a benefit for The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. They are taking a moment away from Oz to help out our local community and that's the Magic of The Season!
OBF- How 'A WICKED Wonderland' came about:
We were contacted by Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. If you are not familiar with BC/EFA, it is a national charity born of the theatre community during the AIDS crisis in the 1980's. Since then they have grown and now help sponsor over 450 health service organizations throughout the country including some right here in your own backyard. When Tom reached out to us, he really wanted the cast to do something to raise money for the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland because this great little charity is in jeopardy of closing their doors.
OBF-Who is participating?
We're really blessed to be part of such a talented and generous group of artists here in WICKED. We can say that almost 100% of the cast and many of the other departments will be in some way involved in making this evening happen. We just need Cleveland show up to make it a wild success!
OBF- Why did we put this together?:
Our producers are as enthusiastic in giving back to communities across the nation as the company is. Being a part of a cultural phenomena like WICKED, which is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, enables us to use the momentum of this blockbuster to create a platform for talented artists to raise money for those in need.
OBF- What can we expect at this event?:
'A WICKED Wonderland' is a cabaret style evening where every munchkin, witch, sexy flying monkey, and handsome Winkie prince are able to step out of their roles in Oz and do something new. There will be singing, dancing, and opportunities to walk away with once in a lifetime WICKED experiences. Some of these auction items include the opportunity to ride in Glinda's bubble, get a personalized backstage tour with a cast member, witness your Wicked Witches' Greenifying, and lastly and most excitingly the chance to win a WALK-ON ROLE in WICKED! You can expect a lot of brand new numbers still being finished as we speak for this Monday's event. We're honestly creating a lot of holiday numbers specifically for The Hanna Theatre here in Cleveland.
OBF- Excited to see here in Cleveland?:
We are looking forward to exploring Cleveland much more after Monday's event. Rehearsing and performing WICKED plus adding benefit rehearsals on top of it has made it a little difficult to get out. Monday will be as much of a personal accomplishment for the cast as it can be for Cleveland. So far the sense of community here in Cleveland has been overwhelming, and we're excited to make some more memories here especially with it being the holidays.
WICKED is playing at the State Theatre in Playhouse Square until Sunday, January 5th.
Attend This Event it's going to be a WICKED GOOD TIME FOR A GOOD CAUSE!