FMCT presents “The Wizard of Oz”
December 12 – 14 and 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.
December 15 and 21, 2 p.m.
The Stage at Island Park
“The Wizard of Oz” celebrates its 75th anniversary next year and, to celebrate, Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre will be putting this timeless classic on stage. To liven up the tale that many have heard over the last three quarters of a century, director Scott Brusven knew he had to add his own flair.
“When we went over the rainbow, we went overseas,” Brusven said, adding that set and costume designs cross a variety of borders. Dorothy and Toto aren’t in Kansas anymore with Big Ben in the background, and the Emerald City has gone European. The characters’ wardrobes are also went through a medieval overhaul. The Tin Man becomes a knight in tin armor, The Cowardly Lion becomes kingly, and the Scarecrow resembles a jester. The Munchkins have gone Dutch, and audience members can expect to see even more antique clothes and as they sing and dance their way across the stage.
This is not Brusven’s first time directing “The Wizard of Oz.” He has been involved in productions at two other venues. However, The Stage has unique theatrical elements that make this production of “The Wizard of Oz” much different from his previous work. The Stage is a thrust stage, which means that the seating encapsulates the stage in a semi-circle, making it a bit smaller than a traditional stage and making it more difficult to put on a production that has so many dynamic settings. However, the thrust stage also allows a much more intimate viewing experience for the audience, making the production more lively and engaging, allowing the audience to come along for the journey through Oz.
If you loved the tale when you were a child, Brusven recommends sharing this production with your own children and family.
Brusven recommends making this production of “The Wizard of Oz” part of your family’s holiday plans.
“Audiences who come out to see ‘The Wizard of Oz’ this holiday season will see a true-to-form classical musical that tells the well-known tale of Dorothy and her friends traveling on an adventure through the land of Oz, with all of its joys, with all of its fears, and the unknown of what will come,” Brusven said, “and when they walk out the door they will have relived a classic movie with an on-stage interpretation.”
This article was produced in partnership with the English 275 course at North Dakota State University and was written and compiled by Michael Casey, Katherine Kleeman, Aric Moen, Lexi LeDoux, and Richard McBrady.
Video via FMCT.