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The Wizard Of Oz
a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY CHILDREN MUSICAL
by L. Frank Baum, Adapted by John Kane, Music/Lyrics by H Arlrlen & EY Harburg

COMPANY : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 991

SHOWING : August 12, 2004 - August 28, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. Originally presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in England in 1988.


CAST & CREW LIST
producer John Christian
Cast Jerry Harlow
Assistant Director Katy Hedges-Goettl
Stage Manager Paine Calabro
Choreographer Gwendolyn Eve Stembridge
Cast Dan Bollinger
Baby Munchkin Bailey Brooks
Scarecrow Chris Camillo
Nikko Emily Dillson
Wicked Witch Of the West, Miss Gulch Zanny Leach Dillson
Coroner Alexander Dillson
Dorothy Christie Fisher
Wizard, Professor Marvel Rob Hardie
Winkie General Olivia Harlow
Glinda Katy Harlow
Lion Robert Hedges-Goettl
Emerald City Guard Andy Leach
Tin Man Lani Leach Brooks
Wicked Witch Of the West, Miss Gulch Zanny Leach Dillson
Uncle Henry Bob Mattox
Auntie Em Cheri Mattox
Nikko/ Jitterbug Becca Mattox
Munchkin Mallory O'Bryan
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REVIEWS

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Group says thumbs up
by grassisgreener
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
4.0
A whole group of us went last Friday night. Hey, the weather was nice and it was a free show. I live in Kennesaw, so it wasn't far. We got there around 7:00 for an 8:00 show, and it was already packed to the rafters. Not just kids either. There were plenty of adults there without visible children in tow. Our group found places to put our chairs near the back and settled in on the gravel parking lot.
The orchestra, yes I said orchestra, started playing, and we were transported to the land of "e pluribus unum". There were some sound issues and trains that didn't mesh with the dialogue, but generally we had no trouble hearing what was going on.
The players were wonderful to say the least. Uncle Henry had some very comical turns and Aunt Em was quite emotional. Dorothy was just right.
But what I liked best was the interaction with the audience. When Gulch came stalking out tossing insults, I thought I would collapse. She proceeded to dominate the stage and the other actors.
We went for more drinks, and when we returned Dorothy had entered Munchkinland. The Munchkins were just darling and the costumes were bright and colorful. Loved the hats, particularly the Lullaby girls and the coroner.
Glinda was sparkling--what a beauty. Then the witch came out and I was spellbound. The delivery was just like I remember in the movie. Children were petrified. Her performance continued to be top-notch through the whole show, and she spent a good deal of time in the audience to the horror and thrill of kids and adults. Outstanding Job!!
The other fantasy characters were absolutely top-notch. The scarecrow and tin man tried and succeeded in bringing the movie characters to life well. The lion was not like the movie, but he was okay too. We could not understand some of what he was saying some of the time, which is the only quibble I have with him.
The crows and trees slayed me. Using these characters as backup singers was so funny.
Act 2 opened in Oz, and there we witnessed the most hilarious take on the Emerald City Guard that we had ever seen. He was hysterical.
The dance numbers were fine--I'm not a dancer, and I don't have an appreciation for it that others do, but they seemed to serve the purpose.
The Winkies were real little kids, which was funny. The monkey, led by Neko were just outstanding too--screaming down the aisle was a good way to introduce them.
To a person, we all had a great time and stood at the end of the show. We all agreed though, that in a cast of talented and strong performers, that it was the witch's show. And she came into the audience after the show too to talk to the children. Nice touch. And nice job Cobb Playhouse. Welcome to the area. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Renascent Cobb by wandering thespian
I came last weekend and I'm clearly impressed. I agree this is a childrens show so I won't offer a rated review. But I want to chime in to say that I'm taken back by Cobb's progress lately, not just with this show but with its last few in Marietta. I worked with Cobb in the past but reached my final straw and now work with another theatre. I still come out to see friends and admit I'm surprised and even jealous of the rejuvination this theater finds itself in. Finding its stride thanks to a stable of talented new directors and actors I throw my hat off to Mr. Christian for proving me wrong. Three times now. Keep up the momentum.

wandering_thespian@yahoo.com
This is good to hear by Okely Dokely
It's good to hear that Cobb is still raising the bar since the delightful "Joseph...Dreamcoat" of a couple month ago. I was pleasantly surprised by that production, and was hoping that their progress would continue from there. I congratulate you all on the recent accolades. I so wish I could see Bye Bye Birdie, but will not be able to, but if Rob Hardie is at the helm as the director, I have no doubt that the show will knock 'em dead. I can't make Birdie, but I promise you guys I'll see you soon...

-OD
A minor bone to pick
by Sweet Babboo
Monday, August 30, 2004
NR
I took my 4-year old to see this last Friday. She is fanatical about the movie, so I thought she's like this. She loved it and couldn't get enough of it.

Since this show was primarily geared for kids under the age of 10, I won't review it using the same criteria that I would for an adult show. It's all meant to be fun and entertaining and not much else.

The one problem that I had was that the actor playing the Wizard. He does his last scene pretending to be stinking drunk which included swigging heavily from not one, but two, open bottles of hard liquor thorughout the entire scene. The whole moral of the piece lies in that one crucial scene and it was (in my opinion) ruined by one actor making the choice to act like a pathetic drunk. He seemed to be channeling the spirit of Foster Brooks (Yeah, I know, I'm old). And it didn't come off as funny as it was intended to. I grumbled to the parent sitting next to me who could the Wizard go to ask for a new liver.

I'm no teetotaler. In adult plays, this sort of schtick can often come off as hilarious. But in a children's play, it just seemed wrong and irresponsible. I know that my four year old wasn't going to pick up on how smashed the Wizard was. But I'd feel much stronger if my child were older. I just thought it was a bit irresponsible and unnecessary for a children's play.

There, I'll get off my soapbox now. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Bad Choice. by mooniemcmoonster
You can't just blame the actor on this. The director should have nipped that in the bud.
by Sweet Babboo
You're right there. The director has final say on those things...Most of the time.
Very fun.
by Athena Reiss
Sunday, August 29, 2004
5.0
Everyone knows this story because of the movie but this is worth seeing. It is lot like the movie but creative and different too. My favorite parts are the lion and the flying monkies. I do not know who the actors names are but I love the lion most of all but most magical are the flying monkies and uncle henry and glenda and the gatekeeper most of all. The special effects are cool. I love getting suprised. There are many suprised laughss. And I laughed over and over again. Thank you for coming to Acworth. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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