Carousel Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

Comments 90 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Carousel Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz this holiday season at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. It’s the fantastic tale of Dorothy, the Tinman, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto (her little dog, too).

Scarecrow (Darren Burkett), Tinman (Mike Stack), Dorothy (Robyn Wallis) and Lion (Josue Laboucane) in Carousel Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Based upon the 1939 motion picture, the theatrical version of the production was adapted by the Royal Shakespeare Company. I have never seen a live version of The Wizard of Oz but I was in one as a child. Our elementary school produced one when I was in grade three and our class made up all the munchkins in Munchkinland.

The show opened last night and will run nightly at 7:00pm until December 31, 2011. There are also 2:00pm matinees on the weekends. The duration is 95 minutes and is suitable for children 4 years old and up. Tickets are going very fast with many shows sold out already.

Carousel Theatre has kindly offered up a prize pack for one of my readers that includes 4 tickets to the show, a copy of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and even a Glinda tiara. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite (or your child’s favourite) Wizard of Oz moment (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win 4 tickets to @CarouselTheatre’s #WizardofOz from @Miss604 #Miss604Holidays

I will draw one winner at 10:00am on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

Update The winner is Angela! (comment on December 5th)

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  1. mariaSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:41am PST

    I loved watching as a child when Dorothy met Glinda the good witch!

  2. ErlindaPalSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:41am PST

    I like the part when Toto reveals the true wizard behind the curtain. The flying monkeys are cool too!

  3. marrrio_Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:41am PST

    when i was in kindergarten , my elementary school put on the Wizard of Oz as the play for the year. My kindergarten class and i dressed up as Poppies.

  4. ErlindaPalSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:42am PST

    Tweeted as ErlindaPal

  5. DavidSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 12:02pm PST

    Favourite moment is when the evil witch is melting 🙂

  6. StephSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 12:24pm PST

    I just realized i’ve had a love for shoes ever since I was young.. I love Dorothy’s iconic sparkly red heels and when she’s tapping her heels together “there’s no place like home”. I always tear up a little bit at that part

  7. Jeff MacLeodSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 12:30pm PST

    I liked it when Dorothy met the Lion.

  8. GloriaSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 1:04pm PST

    I love it when the munchkins sing we are the lollipop kids.

  9. NatalieSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 1:06pm PST

    When I was young I found some (fake) ruby slippers and I refused to take them off. I think I tried sleeping in them but when I woke up they were always on the floor beside me.

  10. DanielSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 1:13pm PST

    My favorite moment is absolutely when the Scarecrow sings “If I Only Had A Brain”. It remains one of my favorite tunes.

  11. John MahSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 1:22pm PST

    when Dorothy meets the Lion

  12. MoSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 4:10pm PST

    When Dorothy returns home to the real life scarecrow, tin man & lion

  13. JoeySaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 5:20pm PST

    I’ve never seen a live performance of the book- would love to attend!

  14. Faith BowyerSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 6:54pm PST

    My favorite part is when the Ruby Red Slippers end up on Dorthy’s feet after her house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East, killing her. I have always wanted those darn shoes 😉

  15. AbbySaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 7:09pm PST

    I always liked the apple tree scene.

  16. lindaSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 9:12pm PST

    watched it as a little girl and don’t remember much. 🙁

  17. WendySaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 9:13pm PST

    My 6 year old fav part is when the lollipop guild song is on. he always sings it with his lil munching face all scrunched up. adorbs!!

  18. Sunshine GSaturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:49pm PST

    I love the scene in the movie when it goes from black and white to Technicolour.

  19. Christine ConacherSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 12:28am PST

    Favourite bit is when the Lion sings “if I were a kng” . Absolutely brilliant

  20. AnneSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 8:22am PST

    Doroth singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

  21. David D.Sunday, December 4th, 2011 — 8:26am PST

    The lollipop kids! Plus I was a lollipop kid in our elementary school play!

  22. Angela RSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 12:13pm PST

    when they skip off to see the wizard

  23. DebraSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 1:26pm PST

    My Fave moment is when she wakes up and sees her Aunt and friends around her at home. Always brings a tear!

  24. JessicaSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 2:21pm PST

    My favourite part of the movie is when Dorothy meets the munchkins.

  25. MarianneSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 6:09pm PST

    My moment was when Dorothy enters the huge castle, eventually meeting the wizard.

  26. KevinSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 6:42pm PST

    B/W to Colour!

  27. JessicaSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 7:26pm PST

    Any moment belonging to the Lion:)

  28. CarolSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 8:27pm PST

    When the curtain gets pulled back revealing just who/what is behind.

  29. Janet LeeSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 9:01pm PST

    When the house lands on the wicked witch so all you can see are her feet.

  30. taniaSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 10:04pm PST

    Fav part is when Dorothy meets the tin man.

  31. rinoSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 10:05pm PST

    When the lollipop kids start to sing.

  32. RubySunday, December 4th, 2011 — 10:25pm PST

    When Dorothy meets the Lion

  33. VanessaSunday, December 4th, 2011 — 11:41pm PST

    The house crashing on the witch and watching her feet curl away

  34. michelle MMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 12:01am PST

    My 7year old daughter’s favorite part is when Dorothy and others skip on the yellow brick road.She copies the tune and skips with the scene!

  35. RebeccaMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 12:38am PST

    I love the scene where the Glinda tells Dorothy she’s always had the power to go home. Dorothy asks Glinda why didn’t she tell her and Glinda says she had to find it out for herself. My Mom and Glinda are one in the same.

  36. TracyMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 4:08am PST


  37. EvanMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 5:16am PST

    Dorothy singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Great voice!

  38. ShaidahMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 9:04am PST

    when the with is on her bike and that music is playing.

  39. DarylMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 9:25am PST

    When the witch is melting

  40. KatMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:06am PST

    Dorothy is super cute! I finally bought my own pair of glittery little shoes when I moved to BC 4 years ago. Everytime I missed my old home, the shoes reminded me that Vancouver is my new home <3

  41. RoMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:12am PST

    Dorothy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow is a classic moment!

  42. MarilouMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 11:19am PST

    A great classic to introduce to young audience! Would love to have this to share with a couple of little ones.

  43. KarenMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 12:17pm PST

    I love it when the wicked witch’s feet in their black and white striped socks curl up and disappear and leave the ruby slippers behind.

  44. CeciMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 12:56pm PST

    My favorite is when Dorothy clicks on her ruby heels and says “there’s no place like home”.

  45. DarinkaMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 1:10pm PST

    We’re off to see the wizard,

    the wonderful wizard of Oz!

  46. AdrienneMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 1:12pm PST

    I like it when Dorothy clicks here heels together and says, “There’s no place like home.” Who hasn’t done that before??

  47. Noella KingMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 1:23pm PST

    When she meets the lion.

  48. RennMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 1:32pm PST

    When they all skip along the yellow brick road!

  49. KatieMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 1:36pm PST

    Flying monkeys!

  50. Michelle W.Monday, December 5th, 2011 — 2:14pm PST

    I’ve never even seen it, so I should DEFINITELY win this prize! 😀

  51. SarahMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 2:22pm PST

    My favorite moment of Wizard of Oz, is the sleep-inducing poppies. I would love to just lay in a field full of poppies like that.

    But my favourite moment inside of the world of Oz (Not just in the movie The Wizard of Oz, but in the musical Wicked) has got to be the scene where Elphaba and Gilenda go to the Emerald City, and everything is green and beautiful.

    I’m a stickler for scenery.

  52. DeidreMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 2:38pm PST

    Oh, I always liked it when the Scarecrow sings “If I Only Had A Brain” – it always made/makes me smile!

  53. VinceMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 2:40pm PST

    I liked it when the witch melts -argh! Love it.

  54. AngelaMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 3:00pm PST

    This was on TV last night and I PVR’d it so I could enjoy watching it again and again with my kids. My favorite part is when Dorothy meets the scarecrow and she can not quite figure out if he is talking to her or not.

  55. JasonMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 3:09pm PST

    When the wicked witch melts.

  56. LaurenMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 3:20pm PST

    Love when the apple tress attack Dorothy and the Scarecrow.

  57. AmandaMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 6:56pm PST

    My favourite moment is when Dorothy clicks her ruby red shoes and says “There’s no place like home!”

  58. LeahMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 7:15pm PST

    My daughter is watching the movie right now! Her favorite part is when the movie turns from black and white to colour.

  59. NMMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 8:40pm PST

    When Dorothy clicks her ruby red shoes and says “There’s no place like home!”

  60. ksMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:09pm PST

    In the movie when Judy Garland sings “Somewhere over the rainbow.”

  61. Barbara KozickiMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:43pm PST

    the flying monkeys! they scared me terribly when i was a child, and as an adult i marvel at the imaginativeness of that imagery

  62. RachelMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 10:49pm PST

    When the wicked witch is melting 😀

  63. BlessyMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 11:24pm PST

    My favourite part is when Dorothy sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. What a classic!

  64. SandyMonday, December 5th, 2011 — 11:53pm PST

    the Horse of a Different Colour!

  65. SharonTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 6:43am PST

    The close up of the ruby slippers. She was a shoe girl early on!

  66. JTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 8:32am PST

    I love the flying monkeys

  67. ShannonTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 10:28am PST

    I love it when Dorothy meets the scarecrow!

  68. vickyTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 10:45am PST

    the end of the movie when the characters were her relatives, I was amazed by that when I was a kid

  69. maryTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 11:32am PST

    scarecrow and dorthothy meets

  70. RyanTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 12:28pm PST

    when Dorothy met the Cowardly Lion!

  71. fionaTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 1:21pm PST

    when the witch is melting!

  72. LindseyTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 1:51pm PST

    I love the Tin Man!

  73. Meg WTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 3:11pm PST

    When the wicked witch sends out her flying monkeys. Scary.

  74. CaraTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 3:24pm PST

    My daughter loves it when Dorothy meets the scarecrow.

  75. Natalie BennettTuesday, December 6th, 2011 — 10:51pm PST

    glinda floating in on her bubble

  76. JuliaWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 9:33am PST

    The tin man – he’s great!

  77. DarcyWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 1:51pm PST

    singing somewhere over the rainbow!

  78. KayWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 7:45pm PST

    When Dorothy meets the scare crow!

  79. vanessaWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 7:48pm PST

    My favorite memory of the Wizard of Oz was when the munchkins come out and sing lollipop kids

  80. Bre NWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 8:37pm PST

    Every part with Toto (the dog)

  81. LeannaWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 10:04pm PST

    I remember just being so excited when the movie switches over to colour in Oz. Still quite a magical moment.

  82. DianaWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 10:59pm PST

    Flying monkeys!!!

  83. DorothyWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 11:11pm PST

    When Dorothy sings “over the rainbow”.
    I have the costume complete with glittery red shoes.

  84. brianneWednesday, December 7th, 2011 — 11:31pm PST

    My favourite Wizard of Oz Moment was when my husband surprised me with tickets to see the play in Madrid Spain. It was in Spanish and completely memorable. I hadn’t seen the play since I can remember and it cam rushing back. But the best part was how beautiful Somewhere over the rainbow was in Spanish and the girls voice was incredible. It was a great date and full of memories.

  85. Elysia SThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 1:53am PST

    Does the red pumps count as a character? …Dorothy!!

  86. StotesThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 9:04am PST

    I would love to see this live!

  87. StotesThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 9:05am PST

    I would love to see this live! Flying monkeys!!

  88. Sheryl stephensonThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 9:46am PST

    Scarecrow of course

  89. BernadetteThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 11:07am PST

    I must say my most favorite was when the the house landed on the mean old witch, good vs. evil. Good always wins!

  90. VaniaThursday, December 8th, 2011 — 4:29pm PST

    It would be wicked cool!

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