Wizard of Oz at CenterStage Review

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CenterStage continue’s it’s 100th Anniversary Season with a great family show, The Wizard of Oz.  Most know this classic story of Dorothy who gets taken “Over the Rainbow” via a Twister, to learn the value of a brain, a heart, courage, and home!


As with the movie, the opening scenes are very sepia-toned.  Kansas is dreary and brown providing a back-drop for b2ap3_thumbnail_oz1_20150112-003447_1.jpgDorothy’s urge to go looking for her heart’s desire somewhere other than her own backyard!  Children will immediately be all giggles as they see a real live dog on-stage with Dorothy, as toto!  They will be amazed though once the stage transforms into all of the vibrant, rainbow hues of Munchkinland.  I loved that younger child actors played the parts of the munchkins, as it made my children even more interested.  My 8 year old is already asking me when he can be in a show!

Every costume on the stage throughout the whole production is phenomenal.  It is wonderful to see tradition in Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion’s wardrobe, and the whimsy in Glinda’s gorgeous poofy ballgown, the munchkin’s fun hairpieces, and the imagination in costumes such as the apple trees and the poppies. The set lives up to the gorgeous costumes as well!  From the moment you walk into the theater you are greeted by the Yellow Brick Road.  It winds all the way up the front of the stage and creates that familiar circular pattern.  The cast uses the front of the stage and the aisles a ton, which makes you truly feel like you have traveled to Oz with them.  There are special effects such as a snowfall also.

The entire cast does a great job.  Particularly, Brian Bowles as the Scarecrow and Scott Goodman’s as the Cowardly Lion.  They both pull largely from the big screen stars who made those characters famous and give 100% to their roles.  Mike Fryman as Professor Marvel is young and refreshing.  Rounding out the main group of 4 is Kate Welsh as Dorothy & Frank Goodloe as the Tin Man, both singing and bouncing along as they go “Off to see the Wizard!” Playing the very different witches, Colette Daney as Glinda and Kristy Calman as the Wicked Witch of the West, both ladies do an excellent job.  Artistic Director, John Leffert, even brings Glinda in via a large floating "bubble" reminiscent of the movie!  

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There is nothing overly scary about this production, so kids of all ages can enjoy it!  The play runs a bit longer than the movie as there are additional songs that you may not have heard before.  But, my children didn't take their eyes off the whole time so I am sure yours will enjoy it too! 

The Wizard of Oz, sponsored by Physician's Center for Beauty, opened this weekend to sold out crowds so we recommend b2ap3_thumbnail_oz4_20150112-011814_1.jpgyou get your tickets if you wish to see it for any of the remaining performances listed below.  There are also some Tea with Dorothy and Friends offered that might be fun as well!

Monday, January 12 at 7:30pm
Thursday, January 15 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 17 at 7:30pm
*Sunday, January 18 at 2:00pm*
Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30pm
Thursday, January 22 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 24 at 7:30pm
*Sunday, January 25 at 2:00pm*

Tickets: Children (10 and under): $16 / Adults: $20
Group rates (20 or more) available by request, contact Anne Ensign at 238-2773.

b2ap3_thumbnail_tea_20150112-012640_1.jpg* Tea with Dorothy & Friends- 12:00-1:00 pm *
Bring a camera and capture all the wonder on film, as your child interacts with the characters of The Wizard of Oz!

(Includes one ticket to matinee performance. Only children will need a ticket for this event.)

You can order tickets by calling 502-238-2709, or by clicking here.

Visit CenterStageJCC.org for more information about becoming a season subscriber!