The Chesapeake Arts Center is proud to announce that Sunset Elementary School of Pasadena, Maryland will be performing the beloved classic, “The Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, May 30 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00pm in the Hammonds Lane Theatre. The show is for all ages! Tickets are $8.00 for Adults and $6.00 for Children 12 & Under, they are available for purchase at the Box Office by calling P:410-636-6597.
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.
Dorothy Gale lives on a Kansas farm with her aunt and uncle. She keeps getting in the way while the adults work, so she finds a quiet place where she won’t get into any trouble – “Over the Rainbow”. The girl is upset when the mean Miss Gulch comes to take her dog Toto away. However, Toto escapes and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet the kind Professor Marvel, who convinces Dorothy to go back home. When a cyclone hits, Dorothy and Toto seek shelter in her room, where Dorothy is accidentally hit on the head.
When she wakes up, her house has been carried to The Land of Oz, where it lands on and fatally strikes the Wicked Witch of the East, freeing the Munchkins from the Witch’s power – “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead”! The Wicked Witch of the West comes to avenge her sister’s death and to claim her sister’s magic ruby slippers, only to find them on Dorothy’s feet, where the Witch can’t get to them. Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas, but the Munchkins tell her she must seek help from the Wizard of Oz. So Dorothy is off to see the Wizard – following the “Yellow Brick Road”.
Along the way she meets three new friends and travel companions. The Scarecrow explains why he needs to see the Wizard in “If I Only Had A Brain”. The Tin man joins them because his life would be better “If I Only Had A Heart” and the Lion comes along — “If I Only Had The Nerve”. The group reaches a haunted forest filled with jitterbugs that spook them and make them dance until they all collapse from exhaustion — “Jitterbug”. Then they arrive at the Merry Old Land Of Oz, but the Wizard refuses at first to meet them. The Wicked Witch threatens them again, and they are finally brought to see the Wizard, who will help them only if they prove themselves worthy by bringing him the Witch’s broomstick. So off the foursome goes, through a haunted forest to the land of the Winkies, who guard the Wicked Witch’s castle.
In the forest some winged monkeys capture Dorothy and Toto and take them to the castle, where the Wicked Witch again fails to get the ruby slippers off Dorothy’s feet and threatens to drown Toto. But Toto escapes, just as the Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman come to rescue Dorothy. The Wicked Witch becomes even meaner and threatens the Scarecrow with fire on her broomstick. Dorothy throws a bucket of water at the fire and ends up dousing the Wicked Witch, who screams and melts into nothing. — “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead”. The foursome take the broomstick back to the Wizard, who is revealed as just an ordinary man hiding behind a curtain.
At a graduation ceremony, the Wizard makes the Scarecrow a Doctor of Thinkology, the Lion a member of the Legion of Courage and gives the Tin man a heart-shaped watch. He offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off without Dorothy and Toto. The good witch Glinda explains to Dorothy how to get home: All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times and repeat “there’s no place like home.” Back in Kansas the storm is over. Dorothy wakes up confused, but soon realizes that there really is “no place like home.”
Performance performed by the children at Sunset Elementary School
If You Go
- What: Sunset Elementary School Presents: The Wizard of Oz at the Chesapeake Arts Center.
- When: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:00pm and Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3:00pm.
- Where: Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225.
- Tickets: Adults: $8.00; Children 12 & under $6.00: Call 410-636-6597 to purchase tickets or visit the main office at 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225