Front Range Family Theatre Project presents ‘Royal Wedding of OZ’ July 13-16

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In a year of royal weddings, the Front Range Family Theatre Project will present “The Royal Wedding of OZ” July 13-16 on the Larimer Campus Plaza at Front Range Community College.

“The Royal Wedding of OZ” is the fourth in a five-play series written by master storyteller Tom McCabe and based on the “OZ” stories of L. Frank Baum. John Hill, FRCC theater professor, directs.

In this production, it’s not Will and Kate but the Scarecrow and the Patchwork Girl who are getting married. The evil Mombi returns to try to spoil the wedding. Favorite characters from past productions, and some new friends as well, come together to save the day and ensure the happy couple is married in royal fashion.

Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 13-15 and 10:30 a.m. July 16. Admission is free. The Larimer Campus is located at Harmony Road and Shields Street in Fort Collins. Car and bike parking is available. The campus is on Transfort’s Routes 1 and 19.

Come prepared for the weather and open seating – blankets, water, sunscreen, and bug spray. The July 16 show begins with a costume parade, so come dressed as your favorite OZ character.

The previous plays in the OZ series were “The Wizard of OZ,” “Journey Back to OZ,” and “The Patchwork Girl of OZ.”

Hill founded the Front Range Family Theatre Project in 2004 as a community outreach to meet the need for cultural experiences for families. The project has performed to more than 14,000 young people and their families.

Hill founded the Front Range Family Theatre Project in 2004 as a community outreach to meet the need for cultural experiences for families. The project has performed to more than 14,000 young people and their families.

Soon after its founding, the project started a partnership with the Fort Collins Library’s summer reading and literacy program. That partnership has continued, now through the Poudre River Public Library District.

Each summer, FRCC students, community members, and guest artists produce and present a play for the community. The productions are designed as theater for children ages 2-12 and the “big people” in their lives (parents, teachers, youth group leaders, day care providers, and others).

The plays incorporate themes of literacy, respect for individuals, and creativity and are conceived and produced to engage the audience for plenty of fun and a great theater experience.

A combination of grants, sponsorships, and individual donations support the program. In addition to support from FRCC and the Poudre River Public Library District, this year’s production is supported by Fort Fund, Dr. Tammra Johnson, Drake Road Farmers’ Market, Duncan Business Services, and Greenfire Creative.

FRCC’s Theater Program offers a variety of classes and production opportunities. Classes such as Theater Appreciation are offered both on campus and online. Acting classes are offered every semester by award-winning teacher and director Peter Anthony.

The program produces three plays every year. In addition to the summer family theater, a fully mounted production is performed in the fall semester, and Paintbox Theater tours area schools and libraries in the spring. For more information regarding classes and production opportunities, please contact Hill.

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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