This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the original “Wizard of Oz” film, and the Saints & Poets Production Company is pleased to present Susan Zeder’s stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s third tale of the adventures in Oz series, “Ozema of Oz: A Tale of Time.” This modern fantasy explores the relationship between a now teenage Dorothy and her elderly Uncle Henry as they travel to Australia, only to be transported back to Oz during a violent storm. There they encounter a strange clock-man, a wisecracking chicken, some wacky wheeled creatures, a pair of vicious villains, and the kind and powerful Ozma. Brought to life with a combination of live actors and puppets by the Burlington area’s acclaimed puppet theatre company, “Ozma of Oz” is suitable for audience members ages 6 and up.
“What appealed to me about the story was not only the opportunities it provided for puppetry and for actors to create some big, fantastical characters, but also what it had to say about the way younger people sometimes view older people and how those assumptions and expectations can be reversed in surprising ways,” said Director Kevin Christopher.
“Ozma of Oz” features Champlain Valley Union High School Sophomore Lucy Pappas as Dorothy Gale and Rick Homan as Uncle Henry. Company members G. Richard Ames, Marianne DiMascio and Seth Jarvis return to the stage as Tic Tock, Bill the Chicken, and Roquat the Gnome King respectively.
The performance will run May 8-18 at the Black Box Theater at the Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center on Burlington’s waterfront – Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Adults $20 and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling 86-FLYNN, online at www.flynntix.org or at the door. For more information visit www.saintsandpoetsproductions.org.