Asheville Junior Theater Presents
The Wizard of Oz – Youth Edition
January 20, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
January 21, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
L. Frank Baum’s beloved story of a young girl’s adventure in a magical land has been entertaining audiences for over a century. MGM’s blockbuster 1939 film adaptation, featuring the timeless songs of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, along with the brilliant instrumental music of Herbert Stothart, elevated the popular novel to even greater heights. This stage adaptation, featuring the characters and celebrated songs from the film, brings the wondrous Land of Oz to life.
Join Dorothy and her loyal companion, Toto, as they “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” through the Land of Oz, determined to reach the Emerald City, where the great and powerful Wizard of Oz will help them get home. Of course, along the way, Dorothy encounters witches (both good and bad), Munchkins, talking trees and winged monkeys. But most importantly, she befriends three unique characters: a Scarecrow with no brain, a Tin Man with no heart, and a Lion with no nerve. Their journey to happiness – and self-awareness – is a glowing testament to friendship, understanding and hope in a world filled with both beauty and ugliness.
Asheville Junior Theater is kicking this show up a notch with a bluegrass/Appalachian/Asheville adaptation of the original. It’s the classic story with a creative twist in a very familiar setting. Asheville, you are going to love this! Featuring local Bluegrass band, The Well Drinkers, who combine traditional roots of their Appalachian region with progressive instrumentation and songwriting, this show will knock your socks off!!
*Show length is approximately 75 minutes and is suitable for audiences of all ages.
18 Biltmore Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801 (map)