You have NEVER seen the ‘ Wizard Of Oz ‘ like I saw it tonight!
I have watched many versions (I’m sure you have too) of the classic movie but I have never seen a performance like I did tonight at Bass Performance Hall. When we finalized all the details on attending tonights show I realized my kids have NEVER seen the ‘Wizard of Oz’. We have the Tin Man and Scarecrow toys which they love when we act them out and play with them but they have never see the movie, read the book or anything of the sorts. I felt like a bad mom, how could my oldest be 6 years old and never seen the ‘Wizard of Oz’. Rather then rushing to get the movie or trying to look it up on YouTube I let Bass Hall do the work for me!
Tonight was an extraordinary introduction to an extraordinary classic which began in 1900 as a book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum’s and in 1902 made it’s first stage appearance!
The Hall is BEAUTIFUL… VERY nice door greeters, marble floors, GINORMOUS ceilings decked out in lights, the finest materials, plaques, decorations, and all sorts of shiny things drawing my kids attention.
We were dressed up, as dressed up as a family of 3 small kids can get without worrying about tossing money in the toilet for the night and I was so glad to see that it was a comfortable environment and we didn’t feel or look out of place. Although there were many families nice and fancy and I envy them.
The show was a tad late opening doors due to technical difficulties ( and some difficulties continued throughout the show. NOTE this show was not produced by Bass Hall, I still think it was great!) but luckily we had many things to look at including a mini bar, Wizard Of Oz booth that included pictures, shirts and more, and as I mentioned earlier all the shiny things from floor to the WAY high celings! You could sense the excitement in EVERYONE 8 to 80. So we knew the wait was worth it!
When we were ESCORTED in we went down what seemed like a secret hall and went directly to the balcony seats, first floor , right in front of the stage (Presidental Suite Style – So AWESOME! ) When we looked out to the left this is what we saw!
and to the right we saw….
When the show began my kids eyes were glued to the stage.
Scene 1 ofcourse was ‘Dorothy’ at home on ‘The Kansas Prarie’ where she wished her family away forever and in Scene 2 Kerrie McNeill who stared as ‘Dorothy’ sang “Over The Rainbow” BEAUTIFULLY.As shewas singing my daughter looked at me and asked “Is she gonna go over the rainbow?” lol They were loving it!
Scene 3 and 4 were the gypsy man with his caravan and ‘The Twister’ scene that sent ‘Dorothy’ away from Kansas and threw her house onto the ‘Wicked Witch of The West’.
I prepared my kids for these scenes before the show because my youngest tends to get scared during movies but they were so glued to the performance they didn’t get scared once. The setup provided just
the right amount of action to draw your attention but didn’t scare the little ones which I loved because the remaining 5 scenes of Act One were some of my favorite parts as a kiddo and im glad they weren’t waisted with tears.
Auntie Em (Kelly Karcher), Uncle Henry (Bryan Miner), Zeke (Brent Wakelin), Hickory (Brian Maxween),Hunk (Patrick Pevehouse), Miss Gulch (Laurie Pascale) Professor Marvel (Bob Pritchard),Glinda (Kelly Karcher), Poppies (Ensemble).
The munchkins were played by students of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts including;
Sarah Anthony, Nye Atoward, Alexandra Baird, Clayton Cooper, Guinevere Getty, Garrett Mosblech, Addyson Nowell,Elijah Parham, Meredith Reilly, Taylor Snider.
Act Two brought on all the great action of Dorothy (Kerrie McNeill), Toto (Dusty), Scarecrow (Patrick Pevehouse), Tinman (Brian Maxween), Lion(Brent Wakelin) who wondered through the land following the yellow brick road through the great city of Oz with help from Good Witch of The North (Kelly Karcher), meeting the Mayor of Munchkin City (Preston Davis) and working their way past Emerald City Guard (Bryan Miner).
All of the costumes and actors were amazing! Dorothy’s shoes were so pretty, VERY sparkly. Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow’s costume were awesome! They all looked so “brought to life” and truly filled the shoes of their characters!
One of the most awesome scenes was a big surprise to me! I have never seen a ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ melt so good. It was INSANE, everyone gasped and looked at the person next to them as she melted!
Check out the picture gallery from tonight!
Everyone was laughing and talking about their favorite scenes of the classic hit before it even began and I had my fingers crossed that it would at least be good. I have heard so much about Bass Hall in the last weeks that I have been spreading the word about the upcoming show,
nothing I heard was bad, but you know how you build anticipation for something and it’s not quite what you expected, especially after seeing it for so many years, you have every line memorized, your favorite parts are anticipated and you want nothing less then the best. I’d say this cast DEFINITELY
performed nothing less then AWESOME and they even received a standing ovation for about 5 minutes as everyone bowed at the end! It was a GREAT way to introduce my kids to an amazing version of the classic ‘Wizard Of Oz’!
My daughter who is a dancer (5) is already dreaming of performing on their stage!
There is nothing better then a classic, or is there?…
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There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way across the country! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.
A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling art deco Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel “Over the Rainbow” and experience this national treasure on stage.
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I did receive compensation for my review.
Big thanks to Malcolm for great details, answering all my questions and making sure we had some of the best seats in the house!