Follow The Yellow Brick Road…All the way to Pensacola Little Theater!

Tonight I was lucky enough to get to preview PLT’s final dress rehearsal for their production of “The Wizard of Oz” and all I can say is, “Wow!”   This was really a stellar production and everyone involved should be very proud.

It’s a visually stunning show, with my favorite moment being the early transition from dreary “black and white” Kansas to the eye popping color of Munchkin Land.  I was also very impressed with how the technical director and set designer tackled things like the tornado and the field of poppies.  All were very creative and really neat.  I don’t want to give too much away but the demise of the Wicked Witch of the West is particularly awesome,  as is the magical disappearance of the ruby slippers from her dead sister’s feet and onto Dorothy’s.  Very cool!

 

And then there’s the cast!  This is a PLT “Treehouse” series show, so it has lots of kids in it.   From the munchkins to the flying monkeys, the younger set were great!  I brought my 14 year old, who LOVED IT, but opted to leave my 3&4 year olds at home and I’m kind of glad I did, because there’s a flying monkeys entrance that is so good, it scared me!  (PLT has the show as rated PG…..so use your judgment because every child is different.)  The citizens of Oz are particularly fun and have wonderful costumes as well as some great choreography.  The “Jitter Bug” number is probably my favorite dance number, with eye catching  black light effect and such energetic dance moves that it made me tired!  Kudos to the costume designer and the choreographer!  And the rest of the supporting cast does a fine job, too.

But the real stand-outs of the show are all of the lead actors, who carve out roles all their own and yet, you almost feel like you are watching the movie in some places!  Dorothy, Glenda the Good, The Wicked Witch of the West, and Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion are all SUPERB!  With strong characterizations and top notch singing voices for those who sing.  (The Wicked Witch’s laugh you’ll have to hear for yourself!) And Toto is adorable, although he seemed to have his own agenda tonight.  But the actors handled it well.

We have such a gem of a little theater here in PLT, and I encourage you to support our local arts and take your family to see this wonderful show.  Tickets are available online here or you can call the Box Office @ 850-432-2042.  The show opens Friday @ 8pm, Sat @ 8pm and a Sunday matinee @ 2pm.  The following week, shows are at 8pm Aug. 8-10 and the closing matinee @2 on 8/11.   Tickets range from $14-$30 with kids 12 & under half-off.

Finally, you don’t want to miss their special “Munchkin Land” Event on Sunday Aug. 4th immediately following the 2pm show.  You can get your tickets to Munchkin Land here.  They are $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 & under.  Pensacola with Kids will be there and if you come and find Jenn or I and say “hello” we will enter you into a drawing for four tickets to the second week of shows.  Check out our facebook page for all the details @ https://www.facebook.com/PensacolawithKids.    We hope to see you there!  – Julie