COCA is pleased to announce that the world premiere of hip hOZ, an original COCA production,
will kick off the 2012-2013 COCA Family Theatre Series with public performances October 6th and 7th. The one-hour hip-hop performance features an ensemble of talented dancers who will perform dazzling, new choreography to a master mix of classic and contemporary music. This high-energy, family friendly production follows the basic story line of The Wizard of Oz, but offers audience members a brand new twist on the beloved tale.
hip hOZ was created by hip-hop sensation Redd Williams and features a cast of children, teens and adults from throughout the St. Louis community. Williams takes on the role of “The Wizzo” while other key roles are performed by Charlie Anderson (Dorothy), Tramon Richards
(Scarecrow), Darius Brown (Tin Man) and Alicia “Sunshine” Depry Gbaho (Lion).
hip hOZ weekend kicks off the six-week celebration of COCA’s milestone anniversary. The
nation’s fifth largest multidisciplinary arts organization, COCA celebrates 25 years of providing
arts experiences to children, teens and adults from its base in University City and from schools
and community centers throughout the area. Visit www.cocastl.org/25 for more information about 25th anniversary events.
The performances will take place at Founders’ Theatre at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, U. City in the Delmar Loop.
Public performances of the show are on Saturday, October 6th at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and Sunday, October 7th at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. The hip hOZ Family Fundraiser is Friday, October 5th at 6:00 pm. This special Friday night premiere benefits COCA programs, helping the organization begin to pave its Yellow Brick Road for the next 25 years. Information is available at www.cocastl.org.