MILLBURN, N.J. — Twenty-eight young performers will take center stage next week in the Front & Center for the Performing Arts production of The Wiz. The show, based on book by William F. Brown from the story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, features music and lyrics by Charles Brown. Friday, Saturday and Sunday these local thespians will tread the boards of the Woodland Theater in Maplewood.

Led by Renee Celeste, Julie Lira, Rodney Briscoe, Andrew Morrisey, Jacque Piro Donovan, the cast of 65 strong, look to bring this classic to life for audiences of all ages.

Art Director Renee Celeste said, “This timeless story has been told so many times and yet it is always so magical to have the chance to recreate it.  The music is so fantastic and the whole family will love it!” 

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Millburn and Short Hills Cast Members:

Maya Blau, Dahlia Bitterman, Stella Bitterman, Madeline Bobish, Carleigh Cofer, Jamie Cofer, Kate Feldman, Danielle Gordan, Jordyn Gulliford, Lola Hall, Naomi Halpern, Dylan Hammer, Emma Holden, Claire Jeter, Halle Just, Bailey Kasdon, Tierney King, Annie Lischer, Bianca LoPiccolo, Annie McDonough, Mackenzie Motroni, Arielle Rosen, Ben Seifer, Katie Seifer, Akiv Shah, Jessica Sherman, Isabella Silver, Marinella Silver, Eva Speltz, Lily Speltz, Alexandra Tavel, Amelia Tavel, Sydney Tavel, Deena Weiss, and Aaron Wu.



Friday, January 19-7pm

Saturday, January 20- 1pm and 7pm

Sunday, January 21- 1pm



Tickets are $30. Seating is assigned. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at


Any remaining seats will be sold at the door before each show.