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If Ever a Wonderful Wiz There Was

July 15, 2011

My oldest child, Melanie*, is currently performing in a play about a young girl who inherits a powerful ruby relic after being transported to a world where magic is real and lions can talk. She slays the Witch-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named and begins her quest to seek out a powerful Wizard. Only he has the magic she’ll need to get back home. She finds unlikely companions along the way: a man made of straw who has spent his life lurking in cornfields scaring innocent black birds, an axe wielding robot that wants to know what it is like to feel, and a talking lion with an identity crisis. They travel across the strange land of Oz beset by the Witch-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named’s vengeful sister. The heroes receive sporadic help by a fairy-like creature named Glinda, whose agenda is known only to her. This story has great battle scenes with Flying Monkeys and unfolds a tale of the rich bond of friendship with a little coming of age thrown in for good measure.

And it has songs. Lots of songs. There is even some dancing. And a little dog too.

The play resembles a movie you may have seen once upon a time staring Liza Minelli’s mom. Melanie, who is six feet tall, plays a Munchkin. She adds her amazing voice to the choir throughout the play and dances her way around the cowardly lion as a “Scary.” What I love about Melanie when she performs is you can tell she is into her role. Maybe I am biased, but when the Wicked Witch of the West showed up in Munchkinland I thought she really looked terrified.

It really is a great production and kudos to whoever is doing the sound and lights because this is an outdoor pavilion and I didn’t have trouble hearing anything. I enjoyed it immensely and the clever way they presented the Great and Powerful Oz will be something I remember for a long time. Well done Mel and Well done Rosetown Playhouse.

It was standing room only the night we went so I’m guessing that everyone has already seen it, but if you haven’t there is still one more chance tomorrow night. They might even have a few tickets left.

Damn Good Dorothy Quote of the Day: Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.

*I do have other children, but they go to year round school and Melanie has the summer off so she is just doing more things these days.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 1:20 pm

    Being a dad never fails to rock, right?

  2. July 16, 2011 1:50 am

    Kudos for managing an entire post without even naming the play!

    Unfortunately I confess I’m more of a Wicked fangirl than a WoO one, even though I know the classic is, well, classic.

  3. July 15, 2011 10:57 pm

    I hate to have to break it to you, but you named the Witch-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named. It think that means a bunch of munchkins will come to your house and kick you in the shins.

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