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Magical Starlight Theatre to Present “The Wizard of Oz”

Magical Starlight Theatre invites audiences young and old to be captivated by the familiar and beloved story of “The Wizard of Oz,” coming to the Naperville stage January 10-12 and 17-19, 2020.

The company of 54 talented community actors has been hard at work for the past six weeks preparing for the performances and relishing every moment. (Read more about the actors in the ParkTalk blog here.)

“For several members of the cast, this is a dream role for them,” said Director Kris Visher.

For example, when Emma Lee heard that she was chosen for the role of Dorothy, she was surprised and overjoyed.

“’Over the Rainbow’ was one of the songs that taught me how to sing when I was a little girl,” said Lee, “So being given the chance to portray the character and sing that song for people is really unbelievable.”

“We are thrilled to be performing The Wizard of Oz as our 25th anniversary show,” said Visher. “The themes of the story—friendship, that there is no place like home, and that everything I need I already have—reflect the experience and values of Magical Starlight Theatre, where we have the joy of cast and crews coming home to the stage or to give back as part of our theater family.”

The production promises to bring refreshed energy to the story while staying true to the classic movie familiar to so many.

“The story comes to life in person with these actors, who are able to be ‘in the moment’ as their characters,” explained Visher. “The choreography is fun and current, and there are some technology surprises that will be very entertaining.”

Tickets are general admission seating for the show and may be purchased in advance for $13 until 4:00 p.m. on the Friday of the performance weekend. Performances will take place at Naperville Central High School Auditorium, located at 440 W. Aurora Ave. Advance tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 630-848-5000, or during regular business hours at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center at 305 W. Jackson Ave., at the 95th St. Center at 2244 W. 95th St., or at Fort Hill Activity Center, at 20 Fort Hill Dr. Or tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.

A sign language interpreter will be present at the 1:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, Jan. 12 and at the 6:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, Jan. 18.

As a special promotion, Magical Starlight Theatre is running a Wizard of Oz Essay Contest for students in grades 3-8. The winner will receive 4 tickets to the opening night performance.  Essays must be submitted by 11:59 January 1, 2020 to enter. For details and guidelines, visit  and direct any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Magical Starlight Theatre is a program of The Naperville Park District. Magical Starlight strives to include community actors and production staff of multiple generations in its productions, providing a unique opportunity for adults and young people to work together as peers and learn from one another.



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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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