We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, But . . .

Photo from the 90-second trailer.
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Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly—and the dream that we dream of, an end to the pandemic, really does come true.

Meanwhile, many of us who would otherwise be inclined to attend live theater events must instead settle for virtual presentations. The Woodland Opera House gives us a nostalgic and spirited option this weekend with its Young Adult Performer’s Series production “The Wizard of Oz: A New Modern Play.”

The Zoom-rehearsed, -recorded and -distributed show will be streamed at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. Tickets are $10 per device or $20 for a family or group, and must be purchased online.

This version of “Oz” was adapted by Jon Jory from L. Frank Baum’s novel. Cheryl Watson directs and is responsible for the colorful backdrops that you can get a taste of by watching a 90-second trailer. The Woodland Opera House website recaps the play this way:

“In this faithful and playfully short adaptation of the original novel, Dorothy (Mia Fisher) lands in Oz and must find her way home to Kansas. But first she must find the yellow brick road, make it through the poppy field, avoid the flying monkeys, and defeat the Wicked Witch (Frances Thayer). No big deal.

“Luckily, she has the Scarecrow (Kate Kasten), Tin Man (Zoe Rosendale), Cowardly Lion (Brady Stephens), and Glinda the Good Witch (Amelia Robinson-Burmester) on her side.”

Sounds like something fun to watch until that happy day when ding-dong, the virus is dead.

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