Renee Brammer and KVTA: Bringing the Wizard of Oz to Life

In the enchanting world of theater, there are classics that have captured the hearts of generations, transcending time and age. “The Wizard of Oz” is one such timeless masterpiece, and it continues to weave its magic in the hearts of both young and old. In this special episode of the Kankakee Podcast, we unravel the secrets behind the upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz Youth Edition” by the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association.

To fully understand the magic behind this production, we dive into the story of Renée Brammer, a devoted educator and theater enthusiast. Her journey with “The Wizard of Oz” began at a tender age, and it’s a love affair that has only grown stronger with time. Renée shares her vivid memories of the classic movie and how it ignited her passion for the world of theater.

Now, let’s step behind the scenes of the “Wizard of Oz Youth Edition.” Renée Brammer enlightens us about the unique aspects of this youth edition, designed to carry forth the timeless messages of the original story. The cast is brimming with talented young actors from the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association, each stepping into iconic roles and breathing life into the beloved characters.

While discussing the youth edition, an intriguing twist surfaces in the conversation – the role of Toto. In most renditions, Toto is portrayed either as a live dog or a stuffed animal. However, the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association’s production throws a delightful curveball by having Toto transition from a stuffed animal to a live character. It’s a unique twist that adds an exciting layer to the performance.

The magic of this production extends far beyond the stage. The Kankakee Valley Theatre Association ensures that the community is at the heart of the show. Not only are there special performances for schools, but there’s also a Saturday matinee and evening show, along with a Sunday matinee, to accommodate a wide audience. 

In the spirit of giving, the production team plans to collect items for those who may not be as fortunate, emphasizing the theme of gratitude in the month of November. This heartwarming gesture reinforces the importance of sharing with those in need and instills this value in the young cast members.

In conclusion, this episode of the Kankakee Podcast is an enchanting journey into the world of “The Wizard of Oz” and the incredible work done by the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association. Their passion for theater, community involvement, and the timeless magic of “The Wizard of Oz” shine through.

The upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz Youth Edition” at the Lincoln Cultural Center in Kankakee on November 18th and 19th, 2023, promises to be a heartwarming experience for all. As you attend the show, you’re not just witnessing a beloved story come to life; you’re also contributing to a community that believes in giving back.

Don’t miss this chance to be a part of the magic. Secure your tickets and embrace the enchantment of “The Wizard of Oz Youth Edition” by the Kankakee Valley Theatre Association. Buy your tickets at!

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