This January, JCompany Youth Theater Group will send audiences on a fantastical adventure through Oz as Dorothy, a feisty Kansas farm girl, is transported to a magical place where everything she knows is turned upside down as she’s introduced to a new perspective filled with colorful characters.

Infusing L. Frank Baum’s original classic with a modern mix of rock, gospel, and soul, The Wiz is long known for making a bold statement and JCompany’s version does not shy away from the social commentary.

Set in the politically, culturally, and socially charged atmosphere of the ’60s, JCompany’s Artistic Director Joey Landwehr has re-imagined the story of Dorothy – turning her quest to return home into an eye-opening experience that will forever change the way she views the world.

“It’s a story about how she changes,” said Landwehr. “At its core, this story has always been about Dorothy’s transformation. In our version, we just take her from her safe little sheltered home and drop her into an environment where she meets people unlike herself so she’s forced to make her own decisions about the path she follows.”

The show itself portrays the evolution of time as it brings you through the sweeping cultural movement that existed in that era with messages that still resonate today. Themes of acceptance, change, and perseverance shine through with stellar performances from a diverse cast (including 92127 residents James Dowse, Colleen Lyons, and Kelsey Lyons) that will elicit laughter, applause, and, hopefully, conversation.

Performances of The Wiz will run from Jan. 13 to 29, 2017. Tickets are $16 for children and JCC members and $18 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets call the JCC Box Office at (858) 362-1348 or visit www.jcompanysd.org.