Wizard of Oz meltdown? Special effects set off alarms at DPAC

From Staff ReportsApril 9, 2014 

— The opening performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Durham Performing Arts Center was interrupted Tuesday night when dry ice special effects filled the theater and set off fire alarms.

Dorothy, played by Danielle Wade, was on stage in the early part of act two when the alarms rang and the house lights came on. She and others on stage exited quickly.

The alarms signaled for a few moments then stopped. DPAC officials quickly announced the alarm as a malfunction. No audience members evacuated.

DPAC officials then announced that electrical systems needed to reset, which took about eight minutes.

Then, the show went on.

Performances are scheduled through Sunday.

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