By Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH
Adapted from the American children’s classic by L. Frank Baum
2013-14 Family Series
Oct 9 - 20, 2013
Recommended for ages 4 & up
•Wed-Fri: 10am & 11:30am
•Sat: 12pm & 2pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm
The Wizard of Oz is an American fairy tale! Celebrate America’s rich musical heritage as Dorothy travels down the Yellow Brick Road to find out why the Lion, Tinman and Strawman are all singing the Blues.
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The Wizard of Oz
Most of the music you will hear in the Frisch version is designed to parallel the lineage of America’s musical cultural development. Some musical styles you will hear include: The Spiritual sung by Aunt Em; the Blues sung in variation by the Straw Man, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion; Ragtime as Dorothy and friends travel down the Yellow Brick Road; Dixie-jazz sung by the Wicked Witch of the West; and the Funky metropolitan sounds of the Great OZ.
Dorothy is a young girl living on a farm in Nicodemus, Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Toto is Dorothy’s mischievous little dog that is always getting into trouble. After knocking a basket of clean laundry into the mud, Toto gets a scolding from Aunt Em. Dorothy apologizes for Toto and wishes that she and Toto could fly away on the wind to a place where there wasn’t any troubles, a place “where the grass is greener” and the streets are made of gold.
Suddenly a storm begins to rage. The storm is actually a fierce tornado! The tornado sweeps Dorothy’s house into the air with her and Toto inside of it! The house spins and twists through the air then lands in a very strange place called OZ. Its little inhabitants are called Munchkins. The Munchkins fear that Dorothy may be a witch because she can fly through the air. Just as Dorothy is explaining herself to the munchkins a beautiful woman in a glittering dress appears before them. The woman is Glinda, The Good Witch of the North. Dorothy asks the woman if she could help her get back home. Glinda gives Dorothy a pair of ruby slippers and tells her to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to see the great and powerful Wizard of OZ! Dorothy sets out on the yellow brick road with the hope that the great Wizard will grant her wish.
Along the road Dorothy meets three very unusual characters who have needs of their own; a Straw Man without brains, a Tin Man without a heart, and a Cowardly Lion. The foursome decide to journey together down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City.
Do you think the Great and Powerful Wizard of OZ will grant their wishes? Does the Wicked Witch of the West try to steal the ruby slippers from Dorothy? You’ll know the answers as soon as you see The Frisch Marionette Company’s thrilling production of “The Wizard of OZ.”
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