Wizard of Oz captivates audiences


“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?”

                                            – Dorothy

By Elspeth Tory

Audiences needed to look no further than their own backyard to have their hearts warmed by GNAG’s fabulous rendition of The Wizard of Oz. The production was a resounding success, captivating audiences of all ages with its colourful costumes, dynamic sets and talented cast. The show, which ran from April 18 to 23, would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of more than 100 cast, crew and volunteers.

From the moment the curtain rose, audiences were transported to a world of wonder and enchantment. The set design and costuming were impressive, creating a fully immersive experience that brought the Emerald City and the Yellow Brick Road to life. We definitely weren’t in Kansas anymore, Toto! The cast, ranging in age from 9 to 75, was equally impressive, with standout performances from all involved.

Clare Davidson Rogers, front of house manager, said that the team “was thrilled to be bringing the magic of theatre back to the Glebe Community Centre after a three-year absence due to COVID-19.”

GNAGʼs production of The Wizard of Oz was a triumph of storytelling and entertainment, but also a testament to the hard work and dedication of the cast and crew. “The incredible support of the community makes this momentous eight-month effort totally worth it,” Rogers said.

For those who missed out on the show, Rogers suggests keeping an eye out for next year’s play in the 2023 Fall Guide. “There is a spot on stage for anyone interested in theatre!”

Elspeth Tory is a graphic designer and chair of the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group board of directors

Photos: Armand Tsai

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