On February 7 and 8, the Ross Community Children’s Theater presented To Oz!, an original adaptation by Lower School Performing Arts teacher Margaret Kestler that blends the story, characters, and music from MGM’s 1939 film The Wizard of Oz with characters from Frank L. Baum’s Oz series and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The productions were staged in the Court Theater in the Center for Well-Being at Ross Upper School.
To Oz! begins in the familiar Kansas of Dorothy who dreams of a land where there is no trouble—somewhere over the rainbow. The audience soon discovers that there is indeed a land beyond populated with magical and whimsical characters, royalty, witches, and a wizard. Carried by the winds of chance, these worlds move unsuspectingly toward each other—and in a world no more trouble free than ours, they meet at the crossroads of desires and dreams—and there are forever changed.
The Ross Community Children’s Theater program creates theatrical adaptations of classic stories that offer young students the opportunity to participate in fully staged productions.Surrounded by professionals who support and respect the work of quality children’s theater, the numerous and hopeful youngsters are offered roles that challenge them to bring to life characters and story, to sing, to dance, and to explore the complexities of human interactions.