If you go
What: "Christmas in the Land of Oz"
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Civic Center Little Theater
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for children
Director Zach Davis said his first experience directing a cast of 57, most of them children, in a play has been great fun and not nearly as hectic as it might sound.
"I treat them as adults," he said. "I expect the same maturity level as if I were working with adults. And they've been really good. They've surprised me day after day."
Davis is making his Children's Theatre of Charleston debut with this weekend's production of "Christmas in the Land of Oz," with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Civic Center Little Theater.
Davis lives in Kenova and has lots of theater experience in that part of the state, including acting, directing and set building. His assistant director, Lisa Gandee, recommended him for the job when the two worked together in the Murder and Merriment dinner theater series.
Davis said the large cast ranges in age from 8 to adults.
"We have some adults for sanity purposes," he joked.
The show is a take on "The Wizard of Oz."
"We go back to the wonderful land of Oz and Dorothy is looking for Christmas spirit," Davis explained. "They just can't seem to find it back on the farm. While she's there, she reunites with some old friends and along the way she makes some new friends — and enemies.
"It's very quirky and exciting," he added.
Davis said 95 people tried out for the show and the 57 that were cast all have remained.
He's enjoyed the experience and the support from volunteers who have made costumes and sets and have helped out back stage to keep the children organized.
"I've had the greatest experience with this company," he said. "Being completely new, they've been very gracious opening their arms. I would definitely be honored to direct for them again."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4830.