The Wizard of Oz musical is based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz with music and lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg and background music by Herbert Stothart. The book of the musical is by Frank Gabrielson, who later wrote an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz for Shirley Temple (1960).
This all time fantasy musical tells a story of a teenage girl, Dorothy who lives on a farm in dreary
Kansas with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Good Witch of the North greet Dorothy and tells her that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz for help to return home to Kansas.
Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, who wants a brain; and the Tin Woodman, who needs a heart; . The Scarecrow wants to get a brain, and the Tin Woodman who needs a heart; (“If I Only Had a Brain” / ”If I Only Had a Heart”). Dorothy suggests that the Wizard may help them too. (“We’re Off to See the Wizard”). Then they t meet the Cowardly Lion (“If I Only Had the Nerve”). The four friends travel down the yellow brick road. – When the jitterbugs attack, Dorothy appeals to the Sorceress of the North, who freezes the jitterbugs (“The Jitterbug”).
The friends finally reach the Emerald City, where they meet the Wizard. He is very frightening and says that, before he will help them, they must kill the Wicked Witch of the West. The four new friends travel to the castle of the Wicked Witch and the Witch captures Dorothy. Thinking fast, Dorothy pushes the witch into the cauldron. The water shrinks the Wicked Witch away to nothing (“Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead”)
The musical includes many well loved songs. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful production. The talented World Theater cast includes: Mireya Velasquez, Alma Annabella Valdez, Meagan Gisler, Aaron Chen, Dionne Anglade, Graycyn Scholz, Asante Anglade, Andrew Ellis, Matthew Crawford, Sebastian Troitino, Delany Wiatr. Participating groups include: J & H Ballet Dance School, Cali Dance Studio and Levitate Athletic Academy. They are all committed to bring the magic on stage.
Performances are scheduled Friday, March 23 – 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 24 – 2 PM and 7:30 PM, Sunday, March 25 – 2:30 PM. VIP Seating Tickets are $38. General Admission Seating Tickets are $28. For children under the age of fifteen, use promo code: childspecial to receive $8 off per ticket. Online tickets are at: www.worldtheater.us or call 832-552-5115.