See the wizard this school holidays

The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show comes to the Lea Theatre during the October school holidays.
The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show comes to the Lea Theatre during the October school holidays.

Click your heels together and get ready to follow a yellow brick road full of fun, adventure and colourful characters when The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show comes to the Lea Theatre during the October school holidays with a Children’s Hospital Toy Appeal.

Celebrating 4,600 performances with The International Yellow Brick Road Tour, The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show is brighter and wackier than ever. Kids can rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation of Frank Baum’s evergreen story.

“Our shows are really about inviting kids to get up and move around, to relate to our music and to laugh and have a great time”, director Brian Laul says.

This show is no sit-down-and-watch affair – the kids are even invited to come dressed as their favourite characters to celebrate their visit to the Wizard. Live action comes together with 3D animation on screen, catchy tunes and loads of interactive fun in this ‘toto-ally Oz-some’ treat ideal for two to eight-year-olds.

After watching the show in America, Robert Baum, great grandson of Oz author L. Frank Baum said: “If great grandfather was alive, I’m sure he would be clapping, singing along and smiling with your show!”

This cast has been honoured to perform with and for the last living cast members from the 1939 MGM classic and other Oz royalty and have represented Australia at many prestigious festivals including This Is Australia Festival, China, International Storytellers Festival, India and International Wizard of Oz Festival, America.

“I’ve seen lots of Oz productions but this one was truly extraordinary,” exclaimed Margaret Pellegrini, celebrated Munchkin from the 1939 Judy Garland-starrer.

There have been many colourful moments down this show’s long yellow brick road as children throng to meet the Oz Gang wherever they go, dressed up like their favourite Oz characters!

“We’ve had some absolutely magnificent dress-ups from little Tinmen and Glindas to bricks from the Yellow Brick Road. A grandma in New Zealand even came twirling through the foyer dressed as Dorothy’s house in the whirlwind!” Christerine Laul, programme co-ordinator says.

Asked how Oz provided the inspiration for this popular kids interactive show, Brian Laul says, “Besides having all the ideal elements of fascinating entertainment, it also carries a powerful message of hope so necessary for young people today – that somewhere over the rainbow, you can make your fondest dreams realities if only you dare to believe that you have the power within you to do so”.

Presented by Rainbow Crossing Inc, and produced by Sydney-based company Youngstars2.com, The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show is about more than giving kids a good time. It spreads a message of hope and self-esteem to the young. The audience is requested to bring along a toy or book for the show’s Children’s Hospital Toy Appeal.

More details at www.thewizardofozshow.com. Tickets are available at the venue and online.

Performance:

Thurs 11th - 4pm Port Augusta - Lea Theatre ($15) Phone: 8641 9176