Adventure Theatre MTC's world premiere production of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes to a close on Sunday. This show would not have been the success it was without our brilliant stage managers. And with all they have to do on a daily basis, they took the time to take part in this interview series. First up, we have Madeleine Evans who shares her experience working on the show and the new roles she had to play in the process. Please enjoy!
Jacqueline Lawton: Can you share a bit about your experience working on the production?
Madeleine Evans: This rehearsal process was absolutely lovely. We had three weeks to workshop the script and explore movement, and Roberta was absolutely wonderful to work with. Her creative energy brought everyone to the table, and it was magical to see all the characters begin to form. The cast was immediately very supportive of each other, and this has continued all the way through tech and all the many shows. The production process has been equally as great. Adding tech into the show was a challenging experience, but produced a truly magical result. The lights, sound, projections, props, costumes, and set all help set up the world the show needs. Hearing kids react to the pop of color or tornado projections whirling through or the thunderous roars and shouts of OZ is truly a delight. The witch melting scene, already fabulous by Paige and Sarah, is made even better by the strobes, steam projection, and melting sound cues—we generally always get applause on that one. The actors and my ASM have been so lovely to work with; excited about the story and happy to share it with a new audience even after show #70.
JL: What is relationship with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (book or film)?
ME: I have never read the book, but fully intend to explore the series now! I have seen the film, and been to the hotel in San Diego where the writer based the Emerald City. This book combines so many great elements of what a good adventure story should be, and I am very happy we have it adapted to the stage!
JL: What excited you about being a part of this production?
ME: I was excited originally by the fabulous set and costume designs by Lydia Francis and Tyler Gunther. The renderings they brought into the production meetings took everyone’s breath away, and were truly magical in and of themselves. The rehearsal process was so wonderful and creative, and made me look forward to coming into work every day to work with the fabulous directing team and cast who are not only very talented but became a sort of theatre family as we worked. I get to call lights, sound, projections, and set moves in this show which is something new for me too, and it has been fun learning a very cue heavy three button hitting show!
JL: What's next for you as a stage manager?
ME: I actually will be taking a bit of a break as a stage manager after OZ closes. I am the tour manager for ATMTC’s upcoming National Tour of Caps for Sale (world premiere) and I am very excited for that process to begin. Next up for ATMTC is Garfield: The musical with Cattitude and Oliver! Both of which will open this summer!
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.
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