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The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum
Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangement by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed by Warner Bros.

There’s no place like Seattle Children’s Theatre to be transported to the wondrous discoveries of the Emerald City and the characters of Oz. After a tornado sweeps Dorothy from her Kansas home, she encounters both wickedness and wonder, Wizard and Witch, Munchkin and Monkey. Dorothy and her newfound friends journey on a quest to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly, home.

ASL Interpreted Dates:
Public - December 8 @ 2pm
Schools - December 4 @ 10:30am

Age Recommendation:
Ages 5 and up - This classic tale of adventure inspires imaginations and reminds us of the power of self-confidence. Perilous escapes and scary characters might surprise young children.

Curriculum Connections: Courage, Wisdom, Compassion, Weather, Family, Quest, Self-Confidence, Reading, Adaptation

Running Time: 2 hours with an intermission

Press Release: The Wizard of Oz

In the aftermath of a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves in the middle of Oz. Dorothy is presumed to be responsible for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, since her house landed on the despicable woman, leaving only her magical ruby slippers behind. While the Munchkins rejoice, the dead Witch’s sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, promises revenge. Luckily the Good Witch of the North, Glinda, holds power here – and she sends Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road, with the ruby slippers to protect her, to request help getting home from the mysterious Wizard of Oz. Along the way, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion join the journey, in hopes that the Wizard will grant them the qualities they desire - a brain, a heart and courage.

The Wizard promises to address their wishes only if they bring him the Wicked Witch’s broomstick. The Witch has nasty powers and flying monkeys and will stop at nothing to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy. Dorothy prevails until a surprising turn of events finally makes Dorothy and her newfound friends realize the power they’ve had all along.

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Show Summary

“As a little girl, this was my favorite story; I still believe there’s something beautiful over the rainbow. Wonderful songs and a wonderful story welcome children of all ages to this magical, mystical place.” - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell

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