Our characters have 5 years of experience working as the Wizard of Oz Characters. Each of our performers is trained in acting and singing and has plenty of performance experience. Our group started as the Official Characters of the Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton, Indiana. We have since expanded and begun doing other events. We are now also the Official Characters of Oz-Stravaganza in Chittenango, New York. We have appeared at several other non-Oz events; we take particular interest in family and children's events.
Unlike other OZ character groups, our costumes are not store-bought Halloween costumes and masks. Each costume is handmade using original publicity and costume test photos from the film as reference. We also use theatrical makeup techniques so that our characters are fully capable of talking, singing, and showing expressions - masks do not allow for this, they can also be quite frightening to children! Many groups out there also have women well into their forties playing Dorothy! All of our characters are age (and size) appropriate to their film counterparts.
Every care has been taken to ensure that we are close to the originals in the film as possible. Your guests won't be disappointed!
Zachary Ryan Allen: The Scarecrow
Peter Weldy: Tin Man
Jake Everetts: Cowardly Lion
Haley Dillon: Glinda the Good Witch
Anita Burkhead: The Wicked Witch of the West
Maggie Williams: Dorothy Gale
While the 1939 MGM film is our main source of inspiration, we do take inspiration from many other Oz-related plays, movies, books, etc. Upon request, we can integrate songs from shows such as THE WIZ or WICKED into our performances.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 60 minutes
We offer several different show types. Concerts are our most common type of performance. Our concerts include song and dance routines as well as skits. We can also do crowd participation shows, presentations, sing-a-longs, skits and small plays, speeches, you name and we can do it! We strive to present quality family entertainment that is enchanting for children and adults alike.
CD Play OR Ipod Hookup
All of our performances require microphones (headset or lapel preferred) and a sound system with a CD players. Depending on the size and scope of your event and the type of show you'd like us to do, we will discuss other technicalities such as lighting, special effects, etc.
Our standard musical performance includes the following songs:
-Over the Rainbow
-If I Only Had a Brain
-If I Only Had a Heart
-If I Only Had the Nerve
-We're Off to See the Wizard
-The Merry Old Land of Oz
-You're out of the Woods
-Over the Rainbow (sing-a-long)
Upon request, the following songs can be added to the standard line-up:
-King of the Forest
-Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
-Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Each performance is tailored to your specifications. The standard concert also includes skits and dialogue to bridge the songs together; however, they can be removed for a more traditional concert.
Songs from THE WIZ, WICKED, or other musical adaptations of the OZ stories will be considered upon request. For each request, we must consider whether we will have time to adequately rehearse and choreograph the requested numbers.
09-13-2013 — The 32nd Annual Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival
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