We’re Off to See the Wizard!
The Wizard of Oz is the musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s fairy-tale-esque children’s story about a misunderstood young farm girl longing for adventure and excitement far away from her seemingly humdrum life. Published as a book in 1900, premiering on Broadway in 1903, and reimagined many times over in a variety of formats, such as 1978’s movie The Wiz, 2003’s Broadway smash hit Wicked, and the definitive 1939 movie of the same name, The Wizard of Oz is a timeless masterpiece the whole family will enjoy!
Dorothy Gale is a precocious child who lives with her exasperated aunt and good-ol’-boy uncle on their farm in the middle of the Kansas prairie. Surrounded by adults, including three farmhands, Zeke, Hunk, and Hickory, who spend their days good-naturedly teasing each other while they work, Dorothy has no one to talk to about her hopes and dreams except Toto, her mischievous mutt and very best friend, who just cannot seem to stay out of trouble. When the town’s richest (and meanest) citizen, Miss Almira Gulch, sets her sights on taking Toto to the pound to be destroyed, Dorothy decides that running away with her precious puppy is the only thing that will save them both!
Shortly after fleeing the farm, Dorothy and Toto come upon the mysterious Professor Marvel, who at first seems like the key to escape, but turns out to be the persuasion she needs to return home. Before they make it back to the safety of the Gale homestead, a cyclone tears through the countryside, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, and the entire farmhouse up in its whirling winds, and transplanting the whole lot Somewhere Over the Rainbow!
Much to the shock and delight of the residents of Munchkinland, the house has dropped right smack dab on top of one of their greatest tormentors, the Wicked Witch of the East! Dorothy is hailed as a hero, and much celebrating ensues (Ding Dong the Witch is Dead). While Dorothy is relieved the inhabitants of this strange land are not going to harm her or Toto, she realizes quite quickly that she really just wants to go back to her home and family in Kansas.
With vague instructions from Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and a brand new pair of sparkling ruby slippers on her feet, Dorothy sets off to Follow the Yellow Brick Road, seeking the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, who will hopefully help her get home!
Along the way, Dorothy makes new, yet familiar friends, fends off flying monkeys, navigates a haunted forest and a sleep-inducing poppy field, and fights an attempt on her life by a dozen dancing jitterbugs, all while avoiding the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West who is after the fabulous ruby slippers!
CYT Houston is proud to present this classic Broadway-style musical featuring Bailey Hodge as Dorothy Gale, Lauren Railey as the empty-headed Scarecrow, Luke Kabell as the heartless Tinman, and Riley Flanery as the confidence-lacking Cowardly Lion. Evelyn Bailey portrays the deliciously wicked Witch of the West, as well as the nasty Miss Gulch, while Olivia Kabell beautifully does double duty as the glamourous Glinda the Good Witch of the North and the overworked farmer, Auntie Em. Sean Ramsower also plays both the Ozian Guard and Uncle Henry, while Asa Yost takes turns portraying thespian Professor Marvel and the elusive Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz. The cast is rounded out by approximately 100 young actors playing joyful Munchkins, militant Winkies, screeching flying monkeys, glorious poppies, spooky ghosts, melodic Ozians, and much more! An incredibly talented dance ensemble will wow audiences throughout the show.
Performances are February 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17, at the Nancy Bock Center for the Performing Arts in The Woodlands, Texas. Visit our website at CYTHouston.org to purchase tickets now!
For more than 100 years, L. Frank Baum’s story has enchanted children and adults alike, and now your family can experience the magic together with CYT Houston’s The Wizard of Oz!