Children's theater group brings new look to 'The Wizard of Oz'Single performance Nov. 10 at Epworth United Methodist Church
L. Frank Baum’s "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a virtual treasure trove of trivia, as the story has taken on so many different versions in film, in print and on stage.
In the 1902 stage version, for example, the producers decided that they didn’t want to deal with a live dog on stage, especially during the travel for the out-of-town previews. They replaced Toto with a cow named Imogene that accompanied Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road. Presumably, the guy in the cow costume was easier to deal with than the dog.
The original Tin Man in the 1939 movie was a song-and-dance man named Buddy Ebsen. Unfortunately, he developed an allergy to the silver makeup and was replaced by Jack Haley. Ebsen’s career recovered nicely from this major setback, and he went on to TV fame and fortune as Davy Crockett’s sidekick, detective Barnaby Jones and Jed Clampett, the original Beverly Hillbilly.
The Wizard of Oz story has been told in many different ways, including "The Wiz" (Diana Ross’ Motown version) and "Wicked" (the backstory of the two witches). Yet another new way of telling the story arrives in Rehoboth Beach as the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre brings its unique, dynamic two-actor version to Epworth United Methodist Church for a single performance at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. In this version the girl (Sarah Gafgen) plays Dorothy and the guy (Steve Seyfried) plays everyone else.
While Sarah charms the audience as she searches for a way home to Kansas, Steve pulls out all the stops with an amazing variety of vocal and physical characterizations. All the familiar faces take their turns on stage: The Scarecrow, The Lion, The Tin Man, Witches Good and Wicked and, of course, The Wizard. The action is nonstop as costumes, and laughs, fly fast and furiously.
Tickets for this family-friendly, one-hour production are $10. Tickets can be reserved by contacting the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre at 302-227-6766 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased at www.rehobothchildrenstheatre.org. Epworth United Methodist Church is at 19285 Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach.
The RSCT off-season series will continue with a performance of the hilarious Christmas musical, "The Holiday Goose!" at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Epworth United Methodist Church.