Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Oz as Adventure Theatre-MTC puts on a marvelous production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Most of us have some background knowledge of this time old tale where Dorothy and her little dog Toto venture their way back home while meeting some special friends along the way. With some twists and turns in this adaptation, Director Roberta Gasbarre, has guided the remarkable cast of actors and actresses in giving the audience a spectacular show.
Adapted by Jacquelin Lawton, this rendition of The Wizard of Oz is perfectly timed and not too scary for the younger set. Children will be able to draw parallels to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel throughout the hour duration of the performance.
We were impressed by the use of special effects to create wind, the grand movements by the actors to symbolize a haunted forest and the excellent use of the entire stage for each scene of the play.
The stage opens with the curious Dorothy and darling Toto hoping for some excitement in their boring Kansas life. Soon after, a vivacious cyclone shakes things up a bit by taking Dorothy and Toto to the land of Oz. Landing in the vibrant town of Munchkinland, Dororthy and Toto meet a pleasant witch who offers Dorothy some sparkly silver slippers and a chance at meeting the great Oz.
They must follow the yellow brick road in hopes that their wishes will be granted. Along the way Dorothy meets the brain seeking Scarecrow, the hoping-to-love Tin Man and the want-to-be-brave Lion. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat as Dorothy and crew have run in’s with flying monkeys, witches and a Haunted Forest.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz runs through May 31st. The show is 1 hour with no intermission. Tickets are $19 each and can be purchased online or by calling 301-634-2270. Recommended for all ages but Our Kids suggests 3 and up for this production.
Dates to Note:
- There will be an American Sigh Language Performance on April 18th at 2pm.
- There will be a Sensory/Autism Friendly Performance on May 16th at 2pm.
Getting There:Adventure Theatre is located in Glen Echo Park towards the back of the park on the left. Be sure to allow a little time to get from the parking lot to the theater. Also, the Dentzel Carousel opens on May 2nd!
- Photo One: Thony Mena as Cowardly Lion, Alex Vernon as King of the Winged Monkeys, Paige Hernandez as Dorothy, Ryan Dalusung as Scarecrow, Henian Boone as Tin Woodsman.
- Photo Two: Paige Hernandez as Dorothy.
- Photos by Mike Horan.