There’s no place like Seattle Children’s Theatre to be transported to the wondrous discoveries of the Emerald City and the characters of Oz. After a tornado sweeps Dorothy from her Kansas home, she encounters both wickedness and wonder, Wizard and Witch, Munchkin and Monkey. Dorothy and her newfound friends journey on a quest to find heart, courage, brains and most importantly, home.
“As a little girl, this was my favorite story; I still believe there’s something beautiful over the rainbow. Wonderful songs and a wonderful story welcome children of all ages to this magical, mystical place.” – SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell
Charlotte Martin Theatre
For Ages 5+
This production has past.
“My 7-year-old was bug-eye rapt”
NATALIE SINGER-VELUSH (parentmap)
Ages 5 and up - This classic tale of adventure inspires imaginations and reminds us of the power of self-confidence. Perilous escapes and scary characters might surprise young children.
Curriculum Connections: Courage, Wisdom, Compassion, Weather, Family, Quest, Self-Confidence, Reading, Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hours with an intermission
Cast and Design Team
The Wizard of Oz features an all-star cast, with many returning favorites. Kasey
Nusbickel, who played Dorothy in SCT’s 2008 production, stars again as the iconic lead. Julie
Briskman (Miss Gultch/Wicked Witch), Peter Crook (The Professor/Wizard), Auston James
(Hunk/Scarecrow), Sharva Maynard (Auntie Em/Glinda) and Todd Jefferson Moore
(Zeke/Cowardly Lion) all return, as well, in their original roles. They are newly joined by Hugh
Hastings (Uncle Henry/Oz Guard) and Dane Stokinger (Hickory/Tinman). The cast is
supported by a very talented ensemble, including Molli Corcoran, Beth Devries, Michael
Feldman, Fawn Ledesma and Ian Lindsay, and is rounded out with 17 additional youth actors,
many having performed in SCT’s Drama School, playing the roles of the Flying Monkeys,
Munchkins and Emerald Citizens. Beth Devries, John Dewar, Fawn Ledesma, Ian Lindsay and
Jane Muirhead understudy.
Director Hartzell has a talented and experienced artistic team behind her for this
production. They include Fight Choreographer Geoffrey Alm, Costume Designer Cathy Hunt,
Music Director Mark Rabe, Lighting Designer Rick Paulsen, Choreographer Marianne
Roberts, Puppet Master Annett Mateo, Projection Designer Lara Kaminsky, SCT Resident
Sound Designer Chris R. Walker and Set Designer Matthew Smucker. Music Director Rabe
will be joined by musicians Harlan Feinstein, Max Baldanado and Ed Littlefield.
In the aftermath of a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves in the middle of Oz. Dorothy is presumed to be responsible for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, since her house landed on the despicable woman, leaving only her magical ruby slippers behind. While the Munchkins rejoice, the dead Witch’s sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, promises revenge. Luckily the Good Witch of the North, Glinda, holds power here – and she sends Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road, with the ruby slippers to protect her, to request help getting home from the mysterious Wizard of Oz. Along the way, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion join the journey, in hopes that the Wizard will grant them the qualities they desire - a brain, a heart and courage.
The Wizard promises to address their wishes only if they bring him the Wicked Witch’s broomstick. The Witch has nasty powers and flying monkeys and will stop at nothing to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy. Dorothy prevails until a surprising turn of events finally makes Dorothy and her newfound friends realize the power they’ve had all along.