Lions! Tigers! And Bears, Oh My! The production of Wizard of Oz opened at the Buell Theatre Feb 7th and runs through February 13th. Sarah Lasko, as Dorothy, and all of her friends go on an amazing, funny, but dangerous adventure to get to Oz to see the great and powerful wizard.
Throughout the play, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion try to get a brain, a heart, courage, and a trip home to Kansas but Dorothy soon understands that home is in your heart and where you make it. I was not expecting the amazing use of technical elements for this show. It made the show not a memorized play but an almost real story.
The use of projections made me feel like I was scooped up in a tornado, dropped in Munchkin land, carried away by flying monkeys, and standing in front of the wizard in Emerald City. There are surprises not only on stage but watch out for the wicked witch who could just possibly appear by your very own seat.
Fans of the original 1939 movie will be able to sing along to their favorite Oscar winning songs but also get to hear new incredible music by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The colors and construction of the set made you feel like you were traveling along with Dorothy on her journey.
I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing, comedic jokes by the cowardly lion and brainless scarecrow, and what is a production of the Wizard of Oz without a real dog as Toto!
Those who attended opening night at the Buell Theater were able to participate as the theater often does, in special family night activities and a special talk back with the cast immediately following the show. Aspiring young actors should take advantage of these events. The Wizard of Oz is in Denver for a short time only. Tickets can be purchased through February 13th at www.denvercenter.org. With a run time of 2 hours and one 20 minute intermission, you will enjoy every bit of it. This is a production for the entire family.
Close your eyes, click your heels three times and head downtown, because there’s no place like theater.