I feel like Gandalf. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, an original production opens on Friday. I don’t have a costume yet, but I have a scepter. I got it last night after we learned the last piece of music for the show. The assistant director handed me this 7ft round staff with a large bulb on top. Wow, Locusta, the Good Witch of the North, can do damage with this. I will definitely get the Munchkins and the Wicked Witch of West’s attention with this!
We have a show, as we’ve run both acts. Not together yet, but both acts. Except for the last 2 minutes. They still need to write the Epilogue, which is just Baum and Dorothy. It does not end happily like the film but the books are based on a true story which doesn’t have a happy ending either.
I’m still struggling a bit with the last couple songs but I know my lines pretty well. I’m used to memorizing lines but not music. The musicians in the group know their music but not their lines. So, we’re all stumbling across the stage right now, not certain of where to be or what to say or what to sing at times.
The first song is going to set the audience’s teeth on edge so let’s hope they stick around to hear the rest of the wonderful music.
Epilogue – to this blog post. I have a few lines in the epilogue which are off stage. Backstage is very dark so I just memorized them. I never got a copy of the epilogue and I can’t see the lines on the copy which is back stage. I need to bring a flashlight. The good news is I share a nice big dressing room with Glinda. The bad news is the costume changes are worse than I imagined.