Off to see ‘The Wizard’

Teen to Teen Theatre will present "Oz! The Musical" March 7-9, 2014, at Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. / Abby Redding, Times-News correspondent

By Abby Redding
Times-News correspondent

   Teen to Teen Theatre will be presenting “Oz! The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. March 9 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.
The musical is directed by Carol Plew and features music direction by Peggy Bazakas. Teens & Twenties recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Kendall Morrison, who plays Dorothy, about the upcoming production and its similarities to Frank Baum’s classic novel and the Oscar award-winning film.
Teens & Twenties: What is “Oz! The Musical” about?
Morrison: “Oz” is about a girl named Dorothy who lands in Oz and has some strange experiences, like meeting a talking scarecrow, a Tin Man without a heart, and a Cowardly Lion. She wants to get home to Kansas, and in order to do that she has to do the bidding of the Great and Powerful Oz. Dorothy, along with her new friends, has to overcome a lot of challenges to get back home.
Teens & Twenties: What’s great about the musical/story?
Morrison: What’s great about it is that when you watch the play, you won’t see the movie everyone knows. You will see the book as it was intended to be portrayed. There are a couple of scenes in the play that are not in the movie, and the music is different from the movie.
Teens & Twenties: Tell us about your character?
Morrison: My character, Dorothy, is a determined girl who just wants to get home. Throughout the play, she learns more and more about herself, and she remains brave and never gives up, and I admire her for that.
Teens & Twenties: What do you like about the musical?
Morrison: What I like about the musical is that I sing two songs and I like how I can really get into character with the lyrics and it feels personal.
   Teens & Twenties: What is the target audience?
Morrison: The audience will probably consist mostly of elementary school-age kids, but I think that even teenagers and adults will really enjoy and get into the play. The characters interact with the audience a lot and it’s easy to get in to the story that way.
Teens & Twenties: Is there anything you would like to add?
Morrison: We have worked for months to be able to portray the book like we thought the writer would have intended, so we want everyone to come out and see the show and learn things about all of the characters that you wouldn’t know from watching the movie.
So, gather your family together and “follow the yellow brick road” to the Paramount Theater and experience “OZ! The Musical.”

 Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students 12 and under and senior citizens and $7 per person for groups of 10 or more. Help “Toto’s” friends by bringing a gift of dog or cat food to be donated to the Humane Society of Alamance County. Tickets can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays or one hour prior to showtime. Credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS.

Abby Redding is a home-schooled junior and a writer, artist and photographer for Teens & Twenties.


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