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BWW Interviews: The Wickedly Wacky Wizard of Oz's Elicia MacKenzie


Toronto’s favourite holiday guilty pleasure is back and better than ever! Ross Petty’s holiday panto is something that Torontonians have grown to love and cherish over the past 16 years, and this year he presents The Wizard of Oz featuring former Rock of Ages leads Elicia MacKenzie and Yvan Pedneault.

The show features some of Canada’s top musical theatre performers, as well as Ross Petty as The Wicked Witch of the West.  With fantastic choreography by Marc Kimelman and direction by Tracey Flye, this is not your average journey down the yellow brick road.

Since the show is known for its absurd hilarity, the cast agreed to do something a bit different with me to showcase the production.  For the next week we will feature a holiday themed Q&A with members of the cast as we countdown the days to Christmas.  Today we talk with Elicia MacKenzie, Toronto's musical theatre darling (and former Sound of Music and Rock of Ages star) about her holiday favourites:

Favourite Holiday Song: Everything on the Bing Crosby & Andrew Sister's Christmas Album.  But If I had to choose one song it would be Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Favourite Holiday Movie: It's a Wonderful Life/ A Christmas Story

Favourite Holiday Musical: White Christmas

Favourite Holiday Treat: Nanaimo bars! I don't know if that's a holiday treat, but they are so good! 

Favourite Holiday Drink: Hot Totties!!

Favourite holiday Tradition: An Austrian Christmas tradition in my family is a big Schnitzl dinner. Mmmm!

Favourite Cold Weather Accessory: A stylish little hat

Favourite Reindeer: Definitely Rudolph, he's just misunderstood.

White or Green Christmas: Doesn't matter, as long as my families there. But...probably White.

Frosty or Rudolph: Still Rudolph, he's just so cute!

Partridge or a Pear Tree:  Hmmm, that's a tough one but, I think I'm gonna pick a just sound cooler.

Finally, for those unfamiliar with the Panto or looking to make new holiday traditions, what is the number one reason you would tell them to come out and experience the show?

It's a great show to come and bond with your families and friends of all ages during the holiday season.  And also have a great night of entertainment filled with lots of fun and laughs!

When and Where?

Ross Petty Productions presents:

The Wizard of Oz: The Wickedly Wacky Family Musical

The Elgin Theatre

Performance Schedule:

Nov 24th – Jan 6th, 2012

Most evening performances begin at 7PM and matinees are at 2PM

Tickets range from $27 to $85 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 1-855-599-9090 or in person at the Elgin Theatre Box Office.

The Wizard of Oz is presented by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse

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