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Carousel Theatre: The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 — 11:36am PDT
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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)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
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. maria says:

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

  2. ErlindaPal says:

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

  3. marrrio_ says:

    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. David says:

    Favourite moment is when the evil witch is melting πŸ™‚

  5. Steph says:

    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

  6. Jeff MacLeod says:

    I liked it when Dorothy met the Lion.

  7. Gloria says:

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

  8. Natalie says:

    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.

  9. Daniel says:

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

  10. John Mah says:

    when Dorothy meets the Lion

  11. Mo says:

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

  12. Joey says:

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

  13. Faith Bowyer says:

    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 πŸ˜‰

  14. Abby says:

    I always liked the apple tree scene.

  15. linda says:

    watched it as a little girl and don’t remember much. πŸ™

  16. Wendy says:

    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!!

  17. Sunshine G says:

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

  18. Christine Conacher says:

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

  19. Anne says:

    Doroth singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

  20. David D. says:

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

  21. Angela R says:

    when they skip off to see the wizard

  22. Debra says:

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

  23. Jessica says:

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

  24. Marianne says:

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

  25. Jessica says:

    Any moment belonging to the Lion:)

  26. Carol says:

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

  27. Janet Lee says:

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

  28. tania says:

    Fav part is when Dorothy meets the tin man.

  29. rino says:

    When the lollipop kids start to sing.

  30. Ruby says:

    When Dorothy meets the Lion

  31. Vanessa says:

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

  32. michelle M says:

    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!

  33. Rebecca says:

    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.

  34. Tracy says:


  35. Evan says:

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

  36. Shaidah says:

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

  37. Daryl says:

    When the witch is melting

  38. Kat says:

    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

  39. Ro says:

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

  40. Marilou says:

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

  41. Karen says:

    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.

  42. Ceci says:

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

  43. Darinka says:

    We’re off to see the wizard,

    the wonderful wizard of Oz!

  44. Adrienne says:

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

  45. Noella King says:

    When she meets the lion.

  46. Renn says:

    When they all skip along the yellow brick road!

  47. Katie says:

    Flying monkeys!

  48. Michelle W. says:

    I’ve never even seen it, so I should DEFINITELY win this prize! πŸ˜€

  49. Sarah says:

    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.

  50. Deidre says:

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

  51. Vince says:

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

  52. Angela says:

    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.

  53. Jason says:

    When the wicked witch melts.

  54. Lauren says:

    Love when the apple tress attack Dorothy and the Scarecrow.

  55. Amanda says:

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

  56. Leah says:

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

  57. NM says:

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

  58. ks says:

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

  59. Barbara Kozicki says:

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

  60. Rachel says:

    When the wicked witch is melting πŸ˜€

  61. Blessy says:

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

  62. Sandy says:

    the Horse of a Different Colour!

  63. Sharon says:

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

  64. J says:

    I love the flying monkeys

  65. Shannon says:

    I love it when Dorothy meets the scarecrow!

  66. vicky says:

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

  67. mary says:

    scarecrow and dorthothy meets

  68. Ryan says:

    when Dorothy met the Cowardly Lion!

  69. fiona says:

    when the witch is melting!

  70. Lindsey says:

    I love the Tin Man!

  71. Meg W says:

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

  72. Cara says:

    My daughter loves it when Dorothy meets the scarecrow.

  73. glinda floating in on her bubble

  74. Julia says:

    The tin man – he’s great!

  75. Darcy says:

    singing somewhere over the rainbow!

  76. Kay says:

    When Dorothy meets the scare crow!

  77. vanessa says:

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

  78. Bre N says:

    Every part with Toto (the dog)

  79. Leanna says:

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

  80. Diana says:

    Flying monkeys!!!

  81. Dorothy says:

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

  82. brianne says:

    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.

  83. Elysia S says:

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

  84. Stotes says:

    I would love to see this live!

  85. Stotes says:

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

  86. Sheryl stephenson says:

    Scarecrow of course

  87. Bernadette says:

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

  88. Vania says:

    It would be wicked cool!

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