Redcliffe Musical Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz | THE REVIEW

The Wizard of Oz Redcliffe

Live at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre on Brisbane’s north-side, The Wizard of Oz burst on stage on Friday 25th July 2014. In this live performance, with music and lyrics based on the MGM Motion Picture score from the original motion picture starring Judy Garland, the Redcliffe Musical Theatre has created an awe-inspiring telling of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 family classic.

The Fun

The Redcliffe Musical Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz has to be seen to be believed! This family favourite has the audience clapping, singing and toe-tapping along to all the songs the adult attendees know and love, whilst the children in the crowd quickly develop a strong affection for the story and songs. In fact, many kids can be overheard singing ‘We’re off to see the wizard’ as they leave the theatre.

The sets are amazing, the special effects quite exceptional for a smaller theatre, and the performances by all actors outstanding, particularly those gorgeous little Munchkins! A crowd favourite is possibly the highly charismatic Lion; though every single performer has developed such incredibly captivating characters that that is a very hard call to make. Either way, this show is guaranteed to please audience members of all ages.

Did You Know?

  • The film version of The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
  • In the novel, Glinda the Good Witch is from the south, whereas in the movie (and the stage show) she is from the north.
  • Dorothy’s shoes were silver in the original novel. They were changed to red, or ‘ruby’, for the technicolour MGM motion picture.
  • In an attempt to shorten the original motion picture from 2 hours to 90 minutes, the song ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ was almost cut. The producers and directors won the battle and the now widely famous song was included.

Special Needs

The Redcliffe Cultural Centre is accessible for prams and wheelchairs, with ramp access from the footpath to the entrance of the building, as well ramp access within the centre to the Matthew Flinders theatre itself. Prams are not permitted in the theatre. Toilets are located on both the ground and upper levels, with accessible facilities on the ground floor.

It is worth noting that this is quite a long performance and younger children may simply not be able to sit still for this length of time. There is a 20 minute interval, however the 7:30pm show did not finish until after 10:30pm. A matinee session (2pm on Saturday or Sunday) may be a more suitable alternative for kids—and if they go, they will LOVE it!

The Facts

  • Limited season from Friday 25th July to Sunday 10th August 2014
  • Tickets prices start from $35 per person
  • Evening and matinee performances
  • Show runs for approximately 3 hours, with a 20 minute interval
  • Show contains pyrotechnics, strobe lighting, lasers and smoke effects
  • Pram and wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilet facilities
  • Matthew Flinders Theatre has ample leg room in front of every seat
  • Prams not permitted in the theatre
  • Row A is reserved for wheelchair seating
  • Video recording/flash photography is not allowed in the theatre
  • Café located on the lower level
  • Snacks available from Candy Bar on upper level
  • Free council car park at the rear of the centre, accessed via Irene Street
  • Street parking in Downs Street

The Wizard of Oz is playing in the Matthew Flinders Theatre at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre in Downs Street, Redcliffe. Tickets are available now at www.redcliffeculturalcentre.com.au.

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