Dorothy and friends set to entertain city audiences with The Wizard of Oz
THE Bangalore School of Speech and Drama takes you on a walk down the yellow brick road, with their adaptation of the iconic tale and Broadway super hit, The Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum. A cast of around 80 students from ages five to 15 present a show with lively dances and songs, bright and cheerful sets, costumes and delightful acting, sure to keep the audience rapt.
“There’s something in it for everyone. If you’re a literature lover, you will enjoy the metaphorical elements of the show and if you’re watching it for the first time, you’ll be thoroughly entertained,” says Dr Zulfia Shaikh, director.
Seeking to respect the original Broadway script, the plot remains the same with a surprising twist at the end. Most of the songs from the play remain, so expect to be enthralled by numbers like Ding, Dong The Witch Is Dead, The Wizard And I, and If Only I Had A Heart, all sung by the children themselves. “I can promise you it is going to be a riot. Even kids waiting to go on stage to play their parts are usually in splits during the rehearsals, although they have seen the same scenes multiple times,” reveals Shaikh, gleefully.
A departure from their last annual production which was a contemporary comedy, this year’s show brings in some classic flavour that is high on adventure and drama. “It’s a really interesting play to produce. When I was looking for a show to do this year, I was so surprised we had never done The Wizard of Oz before. So there was no way we weren’t going to do it,” concludes Shaikh.
June 27 and June 28. At Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Tickets (Rs. 250) upwards on