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Kids lead you to Oz

by Mariko Kato

Tokyo Theatre for Children will perform “The Magical Land of Oz” in Tokyo on Nov. 16-18. The musical is a quirky interpretation of the all-time classic story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by American writer L. Frank Baum.

The show, created by Tim Kelly and Bill Francoeur, follows the fate of young Dorothy as she embarks on her famous adventure from her Kansas farm to a mysterious land, where she follows the yellow-brick road to Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. All of Baum’s much-loved characters will make an appearance: the brainless Scarecrow, the rusty Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, as well as the Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy’s little dog, Toto.

The theatrical company TTFC was founded in 1971 by three mothers of pupils at the American School in Japan (ASIJ) to bring English-language theater to the young, and young-spirited, audience in Tokyo. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that performs two plays a year, including a traveling show that visits many international schools in the spring.

For this performance of “The Magical Land of Oz,” director Gerri Sorrells adapts the musical to suit a Tokyo audience. The show promises to be entertaining for both children and adults.

The Tokyo Theatre for Children will perform “The Magical Land of Oz” on Nov. 16 (6.30 p.m.), Nov. 17 (11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.) and Nov. 18 (12 p.m., 4 p.m.) at the Ballroom on the 4th floor of Tokyo American Club, 2-1-2 Azabudai, Minato-ku in Tokyo. Tickets are ¥2,000 and can be purchased from TAC on (03) 3224-3670.

For more information, visit tokyo theatreforchildren.blogspot.com.