Theatrefolk Featured Play – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Adapted by Laramie Dean

Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. There’s no place like home. And there’s no adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel like Laramie Dean’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

Dorothy and Toto get swirled into a cyclone and find themselves dropped in the land of Oz – a land where scarecrows talk, lions are cowardly, and witches are very real.

In this fantastic adaptation of the original L. Frank Baum novel (there are no singing munchkins here) every fantasy element is easily and practically staged with just 10 cubes. You too can bring winged monkeys to life!

Gender flexible. Excellent ensemble opportunities. Budget friendly.

Why did we publish this play?
Laramie Dean staged his version of The Wonderful Wizard of Ozwhen he didn’t have a lot of extras at his disposal – no sets and no special effects. What we’re left with is a fantastically easy to stage piece that uses imagination, collaboration and ensemble theatricality to its utmost. I loved reading this script and seeing a unique version of the story come to life with the use of a few cubes and a stage full of actors.

1. Why did you write this play?
I’ve been in love with the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz since I was a wee child. My mother used to read it to me, and then, when I learned to read, I would pore over it at every opportunity. It’s a highly adapted story, and I was super inspired by all the various versions (books, movies, TV shows) I enjoyed as a child.

2. Describe the theme in one or two sentences.
Empathy is essential. Think about how your choices impact other people.

3. What’s the most important visual for you in this play?
I love the end of Act 1, where we finally see the Wicked Witch for the first time, surrounded by all her evil creatures.

4. If you could give one piece of advice for those producing the play, what would it be?
Think theatrically! Often the simplest choice is the most interesting. How can you use fabric, masks, puppets, and simple props to let your performers tell the story?

5. Why is this play great for student performers?
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz offers student performers a chance to perform many different characters and demonstrate their versatility.

6. Do you have any tips for those who are performing this play online?
It’s a familiar story that relies a lot on vocal and emotional resonance. Be big! Be bold! Don’t be afraid to make big choices!

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