While most are familiar with the movie, producer Brad Fowler said Camelot Theatre’s presentation will include additional material.
“The good thing is it’s based on the rewrite instead of the movie. It was written in 1988 for the Royal Shakespeare Company,” Fowler said, explaining that Camelot’s version will include a new song and will allow for greater character development.
Special effects will further round out the show.
“These effects, such as overhead fans, fog machines and strobe lighting, will add to the theatrical effect of the play,” Fowler said. “It’s going to be huge.”
Also adding to the ambiance will be digital backdrops and the fact that Camelot’s show, with a cast of 45, will begin as the movie did — in sepia tones.
“The full color doesn’t come in until Munchkin Land,” Fowler said.
In addition, extensive changes have been made to the venue — the Enrichment Center, formerly Orrs Elementary School, at 205 Spalding Drive — that will further enhance the experience.
“We actually have more stage in front of the curtain than behind it,” Fowler said. “We built extensions out and also an entire side stage. I like for the audience to be involved — they feel like they’re right there in it.”
Performances for the 2 1/2-hour production are scheduled for Aug. 20-22 and Aug. 27-29. The shows Friday and Saturday nights begin at 7 p.m. with two additional 2 p.m. matinee presentations Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students through college age and seniors. A family pack of tickets for two adults and two children may also be purchased for $25.