Well, folks, this is it! After a wildly successful run and a week-long extension, the world premiere production of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Adventure Theatre-MTC is coming to a close this weekend. It's been such a remarkable and rewarding experience, and I found myself falling in love with the magic, joy, and wonder of the theatre again. I'm so deeply appreciative to Michael Bobbitt, Roberta Gasbarre, Otis Ramsey-Zoe, the cast, design, and production team, and everyone at Adventure Theatre-MTC. We had so much fun telling this powerful, timeless, and adventurous story of love, friendship, and family. I'm also forever thankful to my dear friends, family, and colleagues who came out in support of the show.
Over the next few days, I'm going to share cast interviews and hope you'll join me the countdown to the final curtain! In the meantime, please enjoy this post, which includes the promotional video, press, a playwright's feature interview, and production photos. Of course, you can still buy tickets to the remaining shows and I hope you do!
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Playwright's Interview - DC Theatre Scene
Christopher Henley: Is there something timelessly relevant about this story, or is it just a fun fable with which we all are familiar and fond?
Jacqueline The Wonderful Wizard of Oz remains so timely and relevant because it is a big adventure story about being loved, loving your family, and appreciating what you have, even if it’s not as much as what someone else has. Of course, it’s also about learning how to be a good friend. What I added to the story is that Dorothy learns that she has a role in her family and she can contribute even in a small way to the running of the farm. She learns how to be a good young person; and that doesn’t just mean doing what you’re told, it means doing what you believe in as well. Dorothy also learns how to believe in herself and to support others. These are big, valuable lessons here and it’s so much fun!
Click here to read the rest of the interview!
Wonderful Wizard of Oz Event Info
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
April 3 – May 31, 2015
Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
Adapted by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Roberta Gasbarre
Starring Henian Boone, Ryan Dalusung, Maggie Erwin, Pasquale Guiducci, Thony Mena, Sarah Olmsted-Thomas, Alex Vernon, and Paige Hernandez as Dorothy Gale
Recommended for All Ages
Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission
Click here to purchase tickets.
Life in Kansas has been a bit boring for Dorothy and her little dog Toto. Until one day, a cyclone swoops in and takes them “over the rainbow” to the wonderful and magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets off on the adventure of a lifetime down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. These new friends brave witches, flying monkeys, and a Haunted Forest all to meet the Wizard of Oz, who promises to make their dreams come true.
Tickets to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are $19-19.50 each, with group and field trip rates available, and can be purchased through the box office by calling 301-634-2270 or online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Children under the age of one are free. The press performance is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4th.
All performances will take place at Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD, 20812 in the historic Glen Echo Park.
Wonderful Wizard of Oz production photos by Mike Horan.
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