Ridgefield Playhouse to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ, 5/3

Ridgefield Playhouse to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ, 5/3

The timeless, beloved story of the little girl from Kansas and her friends The Tin Man, The Lion and The Scarecrow will come to life for kids of all ages in this 75th Anniversary year of The Wizard of Oz at The Ridgefield Playhouse Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

The songs featured in this classic tale include "Soup's On", "Somewhere", "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" and "It's So Easy to be a Witch". Kids are encouraged to read the book before seeing the play. Dorothy and her friends will be in the lobby after the performance to meet and greet and sign books! A day of sheer delight for the whole family! Piccolo Pizza & Pasta Jazzeria (24 Prospect St., Ridgefield) will serve a free scoop of gelato the day of these shows when tickets/stubs are presented.

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical Land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. In this production, children will follow the yellow brick road right along with the actors who tell the tale as old as time. This Pepsi Children's Series event is presented by American Family Theater and underwritten by Wooster School of Danbury, and is sponsored by Books on the Common with support from The Ridgefield Library. Media sponsor is 98Q. The Union Savings Bank Arts for Everyone recipient is SPHERE.

The Wizard of Oz teaches kids about strength, brains, bravery, compassion and courage. The characters in The Wizard of Oz are -like humans- complex with contradictory natures. The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Lion all lack self-confidence. By the end of the play, the characters attain self-fulfillment.

For tickets ($15), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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