Thank you so much to the Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences for inviting my family and I back for the newest production, The Wizard of Oz.When we sat in our seats (of which there are NO bad seats at Marriott Theatre) the boys began to wonder how in the world will they make a yellow brick road? Since out last show (School House Rock) had minimal scenery I was admittedly curious too. But we were not disappointed. Beautiful costuming, great fun choreography, fabulous singing and some stage magic made for an amazing production.
When I told the boys we would be seeing the Wizard of Oz, the smallest of our crew grew nervous. He was afraid that it would be too scary. After thinking about how afraid of the talking trees and flying monkeys I was slightly nervous too. But since this production was specifically geared towards kids I looked up photos of the cast and shared them with him and then put my trust in the cast and crew to deliver a memorable but not too frightening performance of what was one of my absolute favorite movies as a child, despite those scary monkey! And they did exactly that. Of course there were witches and monkeys but I thought they were just the right amount of wicked to get the point across without being terrifying.
I also worried slightly that the Wizard of Oz might not be ‘manly’ enough for my eye rolling tweens. But I should know better. Raised to appreciate a quality show they too loved it (but maybe don’t tell their friends, k?). And I was even able to convince them all to watch the movie that same night with me! I had truly forgotten how much I love the story and the music from the Wizard of Oz. I was clearly enchanted with the whole thing as I was shocked to discover during the Q&A afterwards that one of the actresses played two different rolls. (If you go let me know if you noticed before they told you, be honest!!)
While our family is always up for a show just about anywhere, Marriott Theater is a definite favorite and these Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences are an amazing way to introduce your kids to the theater or keep their love going!
THE WIZARD OF OZ plays most Tuesdays through Sundays at 10 AM and 12:30 PM. Visit MarriottTheatre.com or call 847.634.0200 for exact schedule, as show times and dates vary. Single ticket prices are $15 per person. Groups of 20 or more receive a discount by calling 847.634.5909. Free parking is available at all shows. To reserve tickets, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or visit www.MarriottTheatre.com.