Hickory – “The Wiz,” the opening production of the Hickory Community Theatre’s 68th season, returns to the stage for its second weekend of performances this Thursday, September 8th at 7:30pm.

The musical was adapted from L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” by composer/lyricist Charlie Smalls and writer Willie Brown.

Tickets for Thursday night performances are $14 for adults and $10 for youth and students. Tickets may be purchased online at hickorytheatre.showare.com or at the Theatre box office, which is open 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday, in person or by phoning 828-328-2283.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The Wiz is the first show in the Theatre’s 68th season, sponsored by Paramount Automotive, and is produced by Cargo Transporters, Corning Optical Communications, Dr. Kimberly S. Jones DDS and TRUMPF, Inc.

Photo:  (L-R) Donovan Harper, R. J. Christian, Naomi Segers and Nauria Mitchell in The Wiz, continuing this weekend at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances for September 8-11 are Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. For tickets click hickorytheatre.showare.com or call 828-328-2283. Photo is by Ken Burns Photography.