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The Wizard of Oz

Music by PAUL TIETJENS and A. BALDWIN SLOANE
Lyrics and Book by L. FRANK BAUM

First opened in New York at the Majestic Theatre, January 20, 1903

Plot Synopsis

L. Frank Baum adapted his own story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to create the original 1903 stage production of The Wizard of Oz. In the tale, a terrible cyclone transports Dorothy and her pet cow (that's right - a cow named Imogene) from Kansas to a strangely enchanting land inhabited by Munchkins. In order to return home, Dorothy must first meet the Wizard in the Emerald City. On her way there, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion who keep her company on her journey.

In 1939, the classic screen version of The Wizard of Oz was created, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy and Ray Bolger as the unforgettable Scarecrow. Bert Lahr played the Tin Woodman, and Jack Haley was the Cowardly Lion. A new score was written for the film by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.

"In 1956, the St. Louis Light Opera put on a version of The Wizard of Oz, with songs from the movie, and it was successful enough that other regional theatres put it on as well. It's still the version most frequently staged today, especially by amateur dramatic societies."*

[Source: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Website ]

 

Songs from the Show

*songs from the 1939 MGM Musical

Overture  
Over the Rainbow  
Twister  
Munchkinland  
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead  
Follow The Yellow Brick Road  
If I Only Had a Brain  
If I Only Had a Heart  
Lions and Tigers and Bears  
If I Only Had the Nerve  
Optimistic Voices  
The Merry Old Land of Oz  
If I Were King of the Forst  
Courage  
Audience With the Wizard  
The Witch Captures Dorothy  
The Castle of the Wicked Witch  
Return To The Wizard  
Dorothy's Farewell To Oz  
There's No Place Like Home/Finale  
Jitterbug*  

 

2000-2001 Production

Presented June 1-9, 2001 at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

Reviews: Ottawa Citizen Review; FYI Ottawa review

 Cast

Dorothy Shawna McSheffrey
Hunk/Scarecrow Réjean Dinelle-Mayer
Hickory/Tinman Kris Lizuck
Zeke/Lion Don Lapierre
Miss Gultch/Wicked Witch of the West Charlotte Stewart
Aunt Em/Glinda Jane Gale
Uncle Henry/Guard Jim Robertson
Prof. Marvel/Wizard Moe Romanow
The Jitterbug Minna Koch
Crows Randy Allen, Joel MacWilliam, Mike Sornberger
Trees Lynn Baltzer-Carroll, Sarah Doubt, Judy Follett
CHORUS Randy Allen, Lynn Baltzer-Carroll, Andréa Black, Genevieve Bourgeois, Sarah Doubt, Benjamin Durocher, Judy Follett, Andrew Galligan, Len Goldberg, Jamie Katz, Jillian Lackey, Antoine Ménard, Monica Poirier, Jennifer Schinzel, Cheryl Sheffer, Mike Sornberger, Maureen Speer, Sean Speer
MUNCHKINS/FLYING MONKEYS/JITTERBUGS Julianne Adam-Arcand, Cliff Allen, Jessica Allen, Ellen Ball, Michael Ball, Brianne Bond, Upjeet Cambow, Lauren Carroll, Tim Carroll, Jennifer Cassidy, Katie Cassidy, Ian Casterton, Lina Crompton, Kevin Dacey, Margaret Evraire, Michael Gauthier, Macallan Giunta, Leigh-Ann Lavigne, Amy Lockwood, Alessia Lupiano, Marielle McGovern, Ariana Noel, Victoria Packman, Ryan Pershaw, Kelly Schinzel, Patrick Salembier

Orchestra

Under the direction of Brian Boggs

Flute/Piccolo/Recorder Tina Fedeski
Oboe/English Horn Angela Casagrande
Flute/Clarinet/Alto Saxophone Mike Scorah
Flute/Bass Clarinet/Tenor Saxophone David Renaud
Flute/Clarinet/Baritone Saxophone Charles Hendricks
Trumpets Carmelo Scaffidi, John Harrison
French Horns Keith Estabrooks, Victor Young
Trombone/Tuba Drummond Hudson
Bass Sol Gunner
Synthesizers Cheryl Jarvis Woods, Ian Fitze
Percussion Art Beers, Phil Nolan

Production Personnel

Artistic Director Sue Dacey
Musical Director Brian Boggs
Choreographer Tami-Lynn Caloia
Production Coordinator Lindsay Hill
Assistant Director/Production Assistant Patrick Donahue
Stage Manager Carol Chamberlain
Assistant Stage Managers Anne McGuire, Neil Monkman
Technical Director John Solman
Set Designer Margaret Coderre-Williams
Apprentice Set Designer Heather Monkman
Scenic Artist Jean Stewart
Costume Designer Allison Hamilton
Wardrobe Mistress Inez Gowsell
Properties Mistress Elaine McCausland
Sound Designer Cindy Sceviour
Lighting Designer David Magladry
Make-up Designers Sue Dacey, Michael Gareau, Gary Baum
Master Carpenter Tom Mordasewicz
Accompanist Cheryl Jarvis Woods

 

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