In 1939, a little movie called “The Wizard of Oz” was released. It is about a girl named Dorothy and her struggle to find her way home. This film would go on to win two Oscars and forever be an American classic. Now Salt Lake Community College is bringing it back to life through theatre.
“We open this show, October the 13th…and the closing date is October the 29th,” said Max Robinson, who plays the title character.
Building up to the event, Salt Lake Community College will be promoting the play in many different ways. Flyers are being passed out at most of the campuses and the public is invited to come for Family Night October 14th. Also, on October 29th there will be a costume contest for anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow or even Dorothy herself. A Magical Ruby Slipper contest was held in September.
“There will be a Witches’ Night Out at Gardner Village October 14th and 15th and then on October 17th join us for a free sing-along to the original movie… so come and dress up and have a good time,” cackled Mary Anderson Bailey, who plays the Wicked Witch of the West.
When the movie was created in 1939, there was actually more than one Wicked Witch of the West. However, due to the fact that they didn’t want to frighten audiences, the producers felt it would be more family friendly if they took the extra witches out.
The play will be running October 12-20. Evening showings will start at 7:30 p.m. and the matinee will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $10.00 to $24.00 depending on where you’re seated, and if you are an SLCC student or not. “The Wizard of Oz” is a great film and a family adventure.
For more information visit http://www.the-grand.org/index.php/events/current-season/the-wizard-of-oz