Photo by Dan Norman
It takes some real pluck to take a beloved classic like The Wizard of Oz and adapt it to the stage for kids, but that’s what the Children’s Theatre Company has pulled off. The new production debuted over the weekend and stays impressively true to the movie—munchkins, blubbering lion, flying monkeys, and all—with wonderful performances and a vibrant, engaging set. Here’s what Madeleine Elbert, 8, of Bloomington thought of the production, which runs until Jan. 10, 2016.
What did you think?
It was really fun, and the actors were really good.
Who were your favorite characters in the play?
Probably Dorothy [played by Traci Allen Shannon] and Toto, because Dorothy acted like it was really happening, and she had a very beautiful voice. And Toto because he was a really very well-trained dog.
What about the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion [her mom’s personal favorites]?
They were very good actors, too, but I think my two favorites were Dorothy and Toto. The lion was very cowardly, though. He was funny.
What was your favorite part?
When Dorothy and Toto were on the yellow brick road with the Tin Man and the Scarecrow and the Lion jumped out. And when he almost turned around because he was scared to see the Wizard of Oz.
Which do you prefer, the movie or the play?
I think I like both the best. There were some really cute little kids on the stage, playing the munchkins and the winged monkeys.
What do you think is the message of the play?
There’s no place like home!
Do you think it all really happened, or was it a dream?
Well, I think maybe the tornado part might have been real, but the munchkins and the whole Wizard of Oz thing might have been a dream. If Dorothy had gotten out of bed and you had seen the red ruby slippers, you would have known if it was a dream or not—but her feet stayed under the covers.