By David Dixon
For over a decade, California Youth Conservatory Theatre has been producing musicals ranging from “Spring Awakening” to “Big River.” Founded by Managing Artistic Director, Shaun T. Evans, the company produces shows that mix young performers with professional adult artists. Evans’ current production at the Lyceum Theatre is the urban interpretation of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz.”
A San Carlos family are involved with the present popular take on L. Frank Baum’s famous book. Elizabeth Blust and her daughter, Cassandra Blust, play several characters, including Ozzians and Winkies who encounter Dorothy (Jasmine January). Cassandra Blust’s sister, Kira Blust, works behind the scenes as the assistant stage manager.