We're off to see the Wizard

Vol 15. Issue 7, Leduc - Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

Photo: The Scarecrow, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Man are off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Good children’s theatre, like good children’s literature, is good at any age.  That is certainly true of The Wizard of Oz, the magical production of Water Works Players which will be presented at the Wetaskiwin Memorial Arts Centre February 17th to 19th, and 24th to 26th.   On the Thursday and Friday evenings, the doors open at 7:15 p.m. with curtain at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $15.  For the Saturday dinner theatre, tickets are $35 with the doors open at 6:15 p.m,  dinner at 6:45 p.m. and curtain at 8:00 p.m.

Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, there are all the characters, musical numbers and special effects that always make following the yellow brick road such a fascinating journey.  Of course, Dorothy with her little dog, Toto, are the stars of the show, and Norah Lumax is the perfect Dorothy.  However, other cast members would quickly eclipse her were she not so good in her role.  Deborah Williams is the ultimate Wicked Witch of the West, while the Scarecrow (James Dalgetty), the Tin Man (Michael Janzen) and the Cowardly Lion (Trent Wilson) are all captivating as they reveal and use the very characteristics they seek.  Thirteen children become the Munchkins, Monkies and Winkies and steal the show while they are on stage.  The mood is set throughout by the talented accompaniment by Heidi Schwonik.  Both the director, Samantha Scott, and the musical director and choreographer, Sharyl Rains, have done an exceptional job of bringing this production together for our enjoyment.  The imaginative set design makes everything work together for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.  This one is pure delight for the whole family.

The Water Works Players are very busy this year.  With a cast of thirty and all the support they need presenting The Wizard of Oz, two more productions are being prepared.  In co-production with Immanuel Anglican Church is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the book by C.S. Lewis, which will be performed at Immanuel Anglican Church on March 25th to 27th, and April 1st to 3rd.   April 28th to 30th and May 5th to 7th will see them presenting the hilarious Squabbles.  These productions are also sure to meet the high standards of the Wetaskiwin Theatre Society which has won several awards at One-Act Play Festivals since its incorporation in 2002.

Wetaskiwin is fortunate to have such an accomplished and dedicated theatre organization, and it is always a total pleasure to support it by attending the marvelous productions.

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