Oz to be Reborn on Stage in New Bern

Posted on November 18, 2011


This weekend, take a trip to New Bern to see Dorothy and her friends on their journey to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. The stage adaption of L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wizard of Oz” will be showing at the New Bern Civic Theater on November 17th, 18th, and 19th at 8 PM. The show is directed by Aaron Williams and is sure to be one of this holiday season’s hottest events. 

The Wizard of Oz


          Based on the original 1939 MGM movie we all know from our childhood, the musical version will contain the same loveable characters and gripping storylines we remember. Starring Georgie Blackerby, Derek Jordan, Lamair Bryan, and Gabriella Gavin, “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the most exciting shows ever put on at the Civic Theater. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Ding, Dong, The Witch is Dead” are highlight numbers, as well as the infamously wild Jitterbug dance. The Wicked Witch melts into a trap door as dark smoke billows around her, making the legendary death more realistic than ever before. There is no question that children and adults alike will be fascinated with the production, with smiles stretched wide on their faces for the whole hour and a half.

          Theater fan Kristen Lewis says that she is “extremely excited” to see the story brought come to life on stage. “I think that it’s such a classic and enjoyable story to begin with that seeing it as a play will just make people love it even more.” When asked for her opinion on how this show will match up to its enormously flourishing counterpart, Wicked, Lewis says “They are both incredible in their own ways, and in reality are two very different stories, so I don’t think it will be a big deal.”

          It is surely going to be a triumph if this play pleases devotees of the movie, who are extremely in touch with the film and will quickly notice any flaws or unnecessary differences in the show if any exist. The Internet Movie Database says that in a survey, over seventy percent of the U.S. population reported that they had seen the film more than once and were extremely familiar with every scene. It is also ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top 10 Best Movies of All Time. Clearly, the play this weekend will have a lot to live up to, and according to the confidence and excitement of the cast and production crew, they are planning on getting the job done.

          Tickets are $17 in advance and $19 at the door.


Reported by Logan Haithcock

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