One part courage, two parts brain and three parts heart – with lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The Wizard of Oz is the magical, musical journey of the young and frustrated, yet optimistic Dorothy Gale of Kansas, as she dreams deeply of a better world that lies just over the rainbow. Interrupted by a twister, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are carried over the rainbow and taken to the imaginary, Merry Old Land of Oz where she unexpectedly inherits a pair magic ruby slippers equipped with a new title that yield new friends and enemies alike. Met with unexpected heartache, fear and longing for Kansas, Dorothy seeks a ticket home by traveling to meet the great Oz in Emerald City. Befriending a mindless Scarecrow, a heartless Tinman and a fearful Cowardly Lion along the way, the commute is nothing short of bumpy, heartwarming and entertaining, but in the end it’s clear – “there’s no place like home.”
Employing the R.S.C. 1987 adaptation of the musical production, Enlightened Theatrics offers a more technically complex performance featuring as much of the aura of the classic 1939 film as possible on stage. Making use of a SATB chorus and small vocal ensembles, classic selections include Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), If I Were King Of The Forest and more!
By L. Frank Baum
Music & Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Preview Nights | July 20 and 21, 2016 • $10 Admission
Performances | July 22 – August 28, 2016
Wednesday through Saturday | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Matinees | 2:00 p.m.
Tickets | $20-30
Directed by Vincenzo Meduri
Musical Direction by Daniel Gibson
Choreography by Jenny Lynn Spencer
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*The Wizard of Oz is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC. 560 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10022*