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‘Wizard of Oz’ for marginalized children



In a magical journey that kids and the kid-at-heart will love, Dorothy meets the other characters in the classic tale “The Wizard of Oz,” now being staged by Repertory Children’s Theater at Onstage Greenbelt, Makati City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Repertory Children’s Theater shall hold a special performance of “The Wizard of Oz” at 2:30p.m. on September 30 at Onstage, 2/F Greenbelt 1, Makati City.  More than 250 children from marginalized areas of Cavite and Quezon City shall be attending the event courtesy of generous private sponsors. Repertory Philippines welcomes groups who wish to sponsor other children who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the show. Tickets are also available for regular ticket buyers.

According to Ms. Joy Virata, artistic director of Repertory Children’s Theater, “the primary goal of encouraging our children as early as three years old to watch musical productions is to help them develop their creativity and imagination.”

Now celebrating its 20th year, Repertory Children’s Theater continues to provide audiences quality and professional productions for which Repertory Philippines is well-known. The emphasis is always on choice of material, movement, music, dance, costumes and wonder with the express purpose of providing a venue for young people to  be introduced to the wonder of theater as well as preserving a love for the endless magical stories of the world for the children to  enjoy.

“The Wizard of Oz ” is considered one of the greatest children’s stories of all time and the most magical adventure of them all. With awe-inspiring special effects that will sweep audiences away, children will experience both music and dance from the different characters led by Dorothy, a young Kansas farm girl, as she teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion to avoid the clutches of  the Wicked  Witch of the  West and find the mighty Wizard.  The entire family will be captivated as the theater is transformed into the mythical Emerald City with breathtaking costumes and scenery to re-tell the story of Oz.

This production is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, with its wonderful music by Jeanne Bargy and Jim Eiler, and book and lyrics by Jim Eiler. (This musical adaptation is not based on the MGM film, nor does it include any of the songs from that film.)

The cast is composed of the following: Cara Barredo and Giannina Ocampo as Dorothy; Liesl Batucan and Kyla Rivera as Glinda the Good Witch; Pinky Marquez and Rem Zamora as the Wicked Witch of the West; James Stacey and Arnel Carrion as the Scarecrow; Hans Eckstein and Nic Campos as the Tin Man; Oliver Usison and Mano Domingo as the Lion; Nathalie Everett and Ayam Barredo Eckstein as Aunt Em; Rem Zamora and Chino Veguillas as Uncle Henry; Bobby Superales, Jim Ferrer, Deo dela Cruz and Clark dela Riva as the acrobats and Monkeys.

The ensemble is composed of Janine Tolentino, Shalee Vicencio, Nicky Trivino, Ina Salonga, Daniella Gana, Gold Soon, Marie Delgado, Karyl Factora, Dingdong Rosales, Josh Ramirez, Jon Mamaid, Fran Jose, Edu Briones, Luis Nieto, Eric Mercado and Onyl Torres.

The play will definitely thrill the child in all of us. This brand new musical will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable experience.

Co-presented by Velvet Channel and the City of Makati, “The Wizard of Oz” is a perfect treat for the whole family.

It shall run until December 16, 2012.

To accommodate all inquiries, Repertory Philippines is now accepting reservations for schools, civic groups and corporate sponsorships.

For details of show, please call 5716926 or 5714941 or email info@repertory.ph or log on to www.repertory.ph. Tickets are also available through Ticketworld at 8919999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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