‘The Wizard of Oz’ travels over the rainbow to Paducah

‘The Wizard of Oz’ travels over the rainbow to Paducah

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 5:01 pm

The greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” is touching down in Paducah, Ky., as the Carson Center brings this national treasure to the region for three performances, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the evening performances of “The Wizard of Oz” are already on sale and start at only $34. A Saturday matinee performance has been added due to popular demand. Tickets for the matinee will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (270) 450-4444 or online at www.thecarsoncenter.org. Fees are not included in the ticket prices.
The Carson Center Box Office is located at 100 Kentucky Ave. in Paducah and is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.
Twelve children from the Paducah area will be performing the roles of “munchkins.” Singing timeless classics such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the local children with help bring this beloved classic to the stage of their hometown as part of their continuing performing arts education.
Director Nigel West, choreographer Leigh Constantine and set and costume designer Tim McQuillen-Wright utilize the glamour and elegance of art deco Hollywood as the visually stunning technicolor backdrop for “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City.
Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, “The Wizard of Oz” will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.
For more information visit www.wizardofozontour.com.

Published in The Messenger 2.9.11

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