Little Tomato Children’s Theatre is “over the rainbow” to welcome everyone to the merry old land of Oz on May 5,6 and 7, 2017. This year’s stage production is the classic L. Frank Baum story The Wizard of Oz, which will be held at Migration Hall in Kingsville.
This show features a cast of more than 80 children ranging in ages from 5-18 years. The children acting in the show are from Leamington, Wheatley, Kingsville, Windsor, Essex and Kent counties. They have been busy practicing since early January, braving snow days and sniffles to make it to rehearsals twice a week at Queen Elizabeth Public School and St. John the Evangelist Church in Leamington.
Artistic director, Ruth Brown, music director, Nola McQueen, and choreographer, Billie Stapleton, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, have come together to ensure that these little tomatoes experience the magic of theatre, including such things as blocking, projecting, getting into character, and of course, singing and dancing – this is musical theatre, after all.
Several long time Little Tomatoes, as well as some new ones, have leading roles this year. Morgan Pannunzio will be playing the endearing yet spunky Dorothy Gale, Melina Smiciklas is the loveable Scarecrow, Jessica Chalmers is the tenacious Tin Man with a big heart and Larissa Porteous takes on the roll as the not ¬so – Cowardly Lion. Glinda the Good Witch will be played by Emma McDonald, Elise Holbrook will channel her inner wickedness to play the Wicked Witch and David Sivak will portray Professor Marvel, as well as the Wizard himself. Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Munchkins, Ozians, farmhands, crows, trees, flying monkeys and Winkles make up the remainder of this talented cast.
The Wizard of Oz was a modest box officer winner when it was released in 1939, but it won the hearts of millions more when it debuted on TV for the first time in 1956. It has since gone on to have several deluxe DVD and Blu-ray releases, a couple different sequels and has been staged around the world by professional and community theatre groups alike.
Little Tomato Children’s Theatre is a non-profit children’s theatre company based in Leamington, showcasing theatre for children by children. Little Tomato president Sharon Clifford is also the producer of this show.
Tickets are available at Box Office Video in Kingsville, by calling 519-733-5357, or through migrationhall.com. For more information and photos, visit the Little Tomato Children’s Theatre Facebook Page.