We’re Not in Kansas Anymore …

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Travels Over the Rainbow to Cape Girardeau

Photo of Dorothy holding her dog, Toto, in "The Wizard of Oz"

“The Wizard of Oz” will be performed Jan. 27 at Southeast’s River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 16, 2009 – The great family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” is touching down in Cape Girardeau as NETworks Presentations brings this national treasure to Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus on January 27, 2010.

The journey along the Yellow Brick Road is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center.

This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Twelve local children will be performing the roles of “munchkins.”  They will sing classic songs such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and will help bring this classic story to life. 

 “Stage adaptations don’t often follow the movie story line, but the producers wanted this show to be as true to the original as possible,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at Southeast’s Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.  “The characters and songs of this production will be just as you remember them.”

Nigel West directs this production of “The Wizard of Oz.”  West has directed and acted in a wide array of productions including “The Producers” and “Chicago.”  With his experience and talent, this rendition is sure to dazzle all audiences.  Choreographer, Leigh Constantine and set and costume designer Tim McQuillen-Wright utilize the glamour and elegance of art deco Hollywood as the visually stunning technicolor backdrop for “The Wizard of Oz”.

Come watch all the classic characters from the 1939 MGM film as they are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City live on stage.

The story begins when Dorothy, with her dog Toto, get swept away in a twister and end up in the Land of Oz.  But when Dorothy arrives she just wants to return home to Kansas.

During their visit they meet three friends, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion, who are also in need of something, so together they head off in search of the Wizard of Oz.  The Wizard of Oz is supposed to be able to fix any problem or fulfill any need or want.  But along the way they encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, and she makes their journey much harder to complete.  Join Dorothy on her magical adventure in search of fulfilling her wish to return home.

Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had a Brain,” along with the beloved characters, “The Wizard of Oz” will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.

TICKETS

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “wizard,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.

For more information visit:  www.wizardofozontour.com.

THE WIZARD OF OZ is being produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC. For more information visit www.networkstours.com.