Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Wilton Children’s Theater’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’
There’s no place like Wilton Children’s Theater to be transported to the enchanting Land of Oz in this fall’s production of the classic The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.
This Nov. 20, 21 and 22 the cast of fifty-five 4th-8th graders bring the story of Oz to life when a tornado sweeps through Dorothy’s (Sarah Bates) Kansas home and sweeps her and her dog, Toto (Charlotte Markey), to Oz where she meets Glinda (Tess Nobles) and a world of munchkins. In her quest to return home, Dorothy is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard (Dante Stella). Along the way, Dorothy meets a Scarecrow (Christine Jansen) longing for a brain, a Tin Man (Connor Allen) looking for a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Jake Eagan) who wants courage. Arm in arm, they set forth after meeting the Wizard, encountering the Wicked Witch (Lilly Casiraghi) and her team of flying monkeys.
Audiences will delight in singing along to some of the most memorable songs of all time, while Dorothy and her new friends journey to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly, home where Auntie Em (Tess Nobles) and Uncle Henry (Mike Biondo) are waiting for Dorothy to awake and realize that there is no place like home.
The Wizard of Oz is being produced by Erica Buse and Andrea Bates, directed by Skip Ploss, musically directed by Barbara Speare, choreographed by Judy Abbatiello, set designed by Ploss, costumes by Jennifer McNamara and Jennifer Kepner, and sets created by Jessica Carney DeLuca, Kara Williams and Mike Bragg.
Tickets are available online or in person at the Village Market from November 16-20 (12–2 p.m.), or at Middlebrook Cafeteria from November 16-19 (5:30-7:30 p.m.).
The Wizard of Oz show dates and times are: Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m..
Credits: By L. Frank Baum, with Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, Background Music by Herbert Stothart, Dance and Vocal Arrangements 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 in all media by Warner Bros.
GOOD Morning Wilton is a media sponsor of the show.