WIZARD OF OZ: “There’s No Place Like Home” | #WizardOC @SegerstromArts @YellowBrickRoad

Last week, a girlfriend and I had plans for a night out which included Happy Hour and theater tickets to see a classic production of THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in OC. We could not wait!

Photo Op located on the 2nd Floor at The Wizard of Oz – Segerstrom Center.
Danielle Wade as Dorothy and Jamie McKnight as Scarecrow – The Wizard of Oz
Photos by Cylla Von Tiedemann ©2013 Canadian Cast

Danielle Wade makes a wonderful Dorothy, and we loved watching the classic film come to life. Listening to Professor Marvel (Jay Brazeau) from Wonders of the World talk about all his amazing travels makes me want to see them too! Scarecrow (Jamie McKnight) made us laugh out loud (loved him), and even though The Wicked Witch of the West (Jacquelyn Piro Donovan) was frightful and REALLY wanted those shoes, the audience loved her!

There’s an AMAZING tornado scene which will have you wondering – WOW! How did they do that???

Danielle Wade as Dorothy and Robin Evan Willis as Glinda – The Wizard of Oz
Photos by Cylla Von Tiedemann ©2013 Canadian Cast

Some of the costumes had Swarovski elements – JUST BEAUTIFUL.

We enjoyed singing along to classic tunes and appreciated famous lines like,

  • “Somewhere over the Rainbow…”
  • “Come out, come out, wherever you are…”
  • “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”
  • “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”
  • “Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY”
  • “I’ll get you my pretty!”
  • “Follow the yellow brick road…”
  • “If I only had a brain/heart/the nerve.”
  • “We’re off to see the Wizard…”
You will recognize them all!
“Home is a place in your heart.”
I love this life lesson – as Dorothy tries to run away from home (believing no one understands her), she doesn’t realize that she is loved until she is taken away by force. While she’s being chased by a wicked witch threatening to harm her family and friends, she tries really hard to protect them. As she tries desperately to find her way back to her aunt and uncle, no one tells her she had the answers all along until she learns home is where her family is. “There’s no place like home.” This story never gets old.
They ran a special promo that night called Kids’ Night on Broadway which included a free child’s ticket with every adult purchase to introduce the new generation to theatre. We loved seeing all the enthusiastic little faces. Some were dressed in Dorothy attire with red ruby slippers, and I saw one with a picnic basket with her own Toto – HOW ADORABLE! I hope they do more of these promos. (I want my children to appreciate the arts as much as I do.)
Know before you go. Activities are available one hour before the show!
  • The Yellow Brick Road to Oz. Fill out a yellow brick (located on the 2nd floor). What would you ask The Wizard for?
  • There’s a No Place Like Home map located on the 3rd floor. Place a star where you call home.
  • Remember this in school? There’s a hands on Tornado Demo also located on the 3rd floor next to the map.
  • You can also learn fun facts about the film leading up to stage productions.
  • Photo Ops available on the 2nd floor. Don’t forget to use hashtag #WizardOC to tag your photos.

Thanks, THE WIZARD OF OZ and Segerstrom Center, for a wonderful evening fun for both children and adults! We loved the production!

THE WIZARD OF OZ is now performing through February 23, 2014!
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 556-2787
Disclosure: We received media tickets to review the show. All opinions are my own. All images are by LetsPlayOC.com unless where indicated.

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