"The Wizard of Oz", a rambunctious musical of the classic story, performs Feb. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and Mar.1, at 7pm, and Feb 23 and Mar. 2 at 2pm, at the Red Barn Theater, 948 N. Main Ave. Tickets are $8 for children, $10 for teens and seniors, and $12 for adults, $40 for a family of 5. Group and hardship discounts available. Tickets at the door or online http://redbarn-theater.angelfire.com. 622-6973.
Sweet and stubborn, Dorothy and Toto find trouble wherever they go and now mean ol' Miss Gully has a court order decreeing that "Toto must be destroyed!"
In a panic, Dorothy runs away – right into a tornado that whisks her to a strange land of singing little people, bratty flying monkeys, haunted forests, a tricky Wizard, naïve Emerald Citizens, and a furious witch who wants those ruby slippers more than ANYTHING!. Dorothy's new friends, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion try their best to protect her on her quest for Home Sweet Home.
This witty new play by Jeannette Jaquish, former Tucsonan of 20 years, has performed all over the world and comes to Tucson for the first time. Over 25 Tucsonans age 6 to 66 perform up close in the Red Barn Theater's intimate setting.
NOTES: Former Tucsonan Jeannette Jaquish has created an original stageplay of the L. Frank Baum story in the style of the classic Judy Garland movie. The use of beautiful classic and public domain music such as "Danse Macabre" by Saint Saens for the Monkey Attack, and the tune of Irving Berlin's "Simple Melody/Musical Demon" for the Scarecrow's song "What It's Like to Have a Brain", allow for affordable ticket prices with no loss in quality and more surprises and humor to boot. Added lines and moments for the Munchkins, Monkeys, Emerald Citizens and Winky Guards bring more Tucson actors into the spotlight. Setting battle scenes and the terrifying tornado in the audience make for close-up excitement. And additional hilarious plot twists explain Dorothy's desperation, why two powerful battling witches were destroyed by water and a falling house, how the monkeys got their wings, and how the Wizard came to power.
This production has evolved over 5 separate stagings in Indiana by the playwright, and has been performed all over the world, as Jaquish sells performance rights on her website www.theaterfunscripts.com, where many photos of previous productions are posted. Jaquish says she is lucky to have gotten a great set of local actors, age 6 to 60, full of enthusiasm, many veterans of previous Red Barn Theater productions, and one of them, Ava Hudson-Gascho is the great great great granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, the author of the original Wizard of Oz series of books.
"I have honed every line to be as concise, amusing, provoking and delightful as I could, shaving away anything unnecessary, to keep the many scenes action-packed, yet not too long. From the moment Uncle Henry tracks mud on Auntie Em's precious rug to tell her of the 'weird clouds that look just like your Aunt Clara with the big jaws and the Jiffy-Pop hair,' the show is non-stop surprises and humor," says, playwright Jeannette Jaquish.
During her same visit from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to produce the play, Jaquish is working to re-paint the Red Barn Theater with a futuristic mural of fantastical desert creatures and jet-packed cowboys and cowgirls attempting to rope, ride and milk them.
Coincidentally, a professional traveling production of "The Wizard of Oz" performs at Centennial Hall during the Red Barn's 2nd weekend of shows. Jaquish brags, "If people go see both, they'll see the Centennial's has better costumes, lighting, and scenery, but ours will have the better telling of the story, wit and action, with actual children playing the little characters, at 5% to 10% of the price, and ALL of our seats are closer than ANY of theirs!"
Following the Red Barn and Centennial Hall productions, The Loft Cinema screens a 3-D version of the classic movie starting March 7.
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948 N. Main
Tucson, Az 85705
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