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2017 Zilker Summer Musical
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Zilker Theatre Productions Headed Over the Rainbow with The Wizard of Oz!
ZTP’s Summer Musical is a cherished Austin cultural event, attracting over 45,000 visitors each summer.
Austin, June 14, 2017 — On July 7, 2017, Zilker Theatre Productions will open the 59th annual Zilker Summer Musical at the historic Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater. Zilker Theatre Productions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing access to provide exceptional performing arts experiences to the entire community.
Lions and tigers and flying monkeys in outdoor theater, oh my! The Wizard of Oz is one of the most ambitious shows ever mounted on the Zilker Hillside. The musical, based on the book by L. Frank Baum, has enchanted readers, theatre, and movie-goers alike for more than a century. ZTP is confident that the rainbows, twisters, and yellow brick road will thrill and amaze 45,000 Hillside audience members of all ages during the six-week run.
“We can’t imagine a more magical show on The Hillside! While producing The Wizard of Oz outdoors is quite an undertaking, we couldn’t be more excited to combine the beauty of the Zilker Hillside with the incredible spectacles of Oz” says ZTP’s Executive Director, Kate Hix.
Each Year ZTP strives to think of new ways to engage the audience and their community and this year will be no exception. Every Saturday at 7:00 pm, members of the cast of The Wizard of Oz will be onstage to invite children of all ages to come on stage for Munchkin Madness. Participants will meet cast members, learn a dance from the show, and wave to family and friends in the audience.
As always, these performances are fun, outdoors, family-friendly, and are offered at no cost to the public. As a nonprofit, the Zilker Summer Musical does encourage donations and is in the midst of a $15,000 fundraising campaign.
Food, drinks and chair rentals are available at the Wells Fargo Hillside Market.
The Wizard of Oz runs July 7 – August 12, 2017. Show time is Thursday – Sunday evenings at 8:15 pm. (The show is free, but come as early as 6 pm to get good seats!) Come early, stay late and donate – See You On The Hillside!
For more information, please visit www.zilker.org.
Follow The Yellow Brick Road to Zilker Park
Zilker Theatre Productions has collaborated with other Zilker and Austin-based organizations to highlight this summer’s Zilker Summer Musical — The Wizard of Oz and the centennial celebration of Zilker Park.
The campaign, which focuses on literacy and STEAM for youth, consists of a virtual scavenger hunt distributed via social media, websites, and visuals that can be viewed and downloaded online with a scavenger hunt clue to lead the “Yellow Brick Road adventurer” to each of the participating organization’s free events.
Fun bookmarks with information on the free events and the participating organizations will be created and handed out at Zilker Park events, Austin Public Libraries, and BookPeople starting June 17, 2017.
The journey to Zilker Park’s Yellow Brick Road begins on June 17th at BookPeople’s Summer Kickoff Party – with WOZ Storytime and Costume Contest. The Wizard of Oz runs at the historic Zilker Hillside Theater from July 7 – August 12, 2017.
For more information, visit zilker100.org/OZ and follow the hashtag #ZilkerOZ on social.
Director of Development & Marketing
The ZTP Mission