Pentangle Presents ‘Oz’, Friday and Saturday

October 25, 2013

in Entertainment,News,Woodstock

Performances are October 25-26 at 7:30pm, November 1-2 at 7:30pm, and November 3 at 2:30pm, at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

WOODSTOCK – L. Frank Baum had a niece named Dorothy. She died when she was an infant, and reportedly Mr. Baum’s wife never recovered from the loss. Many believe Mr. Baum, a gifted storyteller, memorialized Dorothy by using her name for his now-iconic heroine in The Wizard of Oz. He also gave Dorothy friends – a Scarecrow, a Lion, a Tin Man…and a little dog, too. He created a fanciful world of Munchkins, Winkies and Ozians; he gave us phrases like “follow the yellow brick road”, “we’re not in Kansas anymore”, and “there is no place like home.”
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the release of the beloved 1939 film, Pentangle Players proudly presents onstage L. Frank Baum’s timeless tale, The Wizard of Oz. 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. See Dorothy put on her ruby slippers and dance down the Yellow Brick Road, along with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto, on a musical-theatre adventure. Though generations of Americans have grown up watching the The Wizard of Oz on the small screen, nothing compares to the energy and musicality of this production on stage.

Performances are October 25-26 at 7:30pm, November 1-2 at 7:30pm, and November 3 at 2:30pm, at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Special performances for area schools will be held on November 30 at 10:00am (sold out) and 12:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Pentangle’s website at or call 802-457-3981.

The Wizard of Oz is widely considered the first American fairytale, and the 1939 film version starring Judy Garland is officially listed as a National Treasure. The sentiments in The Wizard of Oz are as relevant today as they were when the story was first published in 1900. Dorothy and her friends are on a journey of self-discovery, seeking qualities they think they are missing (a brain for Scarecrow, a heart for Tin Woodman, and bravery for the Cowardly Lion). They believe Oz can give them these qualities…only to discover, through misadventures and obstacles along the yellow brick road, that they already possess these traits. Pentangle Players’ production of The Wizard of Oz features favorites like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” and many more! Also, audiences will be treated to the whimsical and highly choreographed jitterbug scene, which was cut from the 1939 film.

Adding depth to the musical experience, performers will be accompanied by a live 14-piece pit orchestra, conducted by Michael Zsoldos. This high-energy production of the The Wizard of Oz will also feature familiar faces, with cast and crew comprised of residents of the Upper Valley community. This multi-generational ensemble of talented local performers and seasoned professionals includes up-and-coming local favorite Iva Wich as Dorothy; Nate Hinson as Scarecrow; Claes Mattson as Cowardly Lion; Henry Lang as Tin Man; Julie Groppe as Glinda; Steve Hiller as Uncle Henry; Mary Ann Stanford as Wicked Witch of the West; and Jarvis Green as Wizard of Oz.

An outstanding behind-the-scenes crew – including director rLee Adams, choreographers Claire Shillen and Sharon Groblicki, stage manager Serena Nelson, and set designers Cameron and Mary Lou Ewasko –add their talents to make Pentangle’s production of Oz a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For a complete list of cast and crew, visit Pentangle Arts thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of The Wizard of Oz: Dead River Co., Mascoma Savings Bank, Anonymous (2), Janice Graham and Co., Gary Smith and Betsy Siebeck, Goodro Lumber, Mark Knott DDS, Shiretown Books, Williamson Group Sotheby’s International Realty, Clark-Mortenson Insurance, Woodstock Farmer’s Market, Anything Printed, Woodstock Inn and Resort, the Vermont Standard, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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