A spectacular musical show, The Wonderful World of Oz, will hit the shores of Bahrain this month.
The characters (Dorothy, her dog Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion) of this ‘modern fairy tale’ by L Frank Baum were famously brought to life in the 1939 film starring Judy Garland.
The story is about Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, and her dog, Toto, who are transported to the Land of Oz by a powerful tornado. There, she meets three new friends and they journey together along the Yellow Brick Road to the City of Emeralds hoping to meet the ruler, The Great Oz. All of them seek help – the Scarecrow needs a brain, the Tin Man a heart and the Lion some courage – and Dorothy just wants to return to Kansas! On their journey they are helped and hindered by Glinda the Good and the Wicked Woman of the West.
The Wonderful World of Oz features an eight-strong cast of professional actor-musicians in a production brought to the island by Entertainment+ and UK/UAE-based S4K International. Company members Clare Reilly and Harry Hart return to the Cultural Hall having appeared there with S4K in The Jungle Book (2015) and S4K’s Romeo & Juliet (2016).
The show, suitable for three years and up, is full of music, song and dance, and features a giant video wall. The production team includes director Julian Chenery, designer Jill Wilson, video designer Ben Walden, musical director James Beal, with choreography and musical staging by Nicky Griffiths, and costume design by Phil Newman.
S4K International are gaining a strong reputation in the Gulf for their popular musical adaptations of children’s stories, as well their celebrated musical Shakespearean adaptations, which have been coming to Bahrain each year since 2008.
Tickets are BD15 per person and available at Alosra supermarkets and Havajava Café inside Manazel, Salmabad. There’s a special offer for families (BD52 for four tickets, available only in-store) and schools (for a limited time).
The show timings are November 27-28: 8.45am and 10.40am; November 29: 8.45am, 10.40am and 12.15pm; November 30: 8.45am, 10.40am and 6.30pm; and December 2: 11.30am and 5pm.
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