T H E   M A R V E L O U S

L A N D  O F  O Z

​New American Folk Theatre presents
L. Frank Baum's

The Marvelous Land of Oz

A new musical

Written and Directed by Anthony Whitaker




July 6th through July 20th
Saturdays at 3pm
at The Den Theatre (1333 N. Milwaukee Ave)

Tickets: $20 *Get $5 off with password: Ozma

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As a family musical, The Marvelous Land of Oz is geared to entertain adults as well as children. New American Folk Theatre has redesigned the experience to include a meet and greet with the cast after the show. After the two-act performance, the cast invites kids to take a peek behind the curtain and find out how the magic works. You will have the opportunity to see how the different styles of puppets come to life and to take pictures with the cast. Families are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Oz characters. Pizza will be available for kids to enjoy as well as other snacks at the theatre’s concession area.

About the Show
Based on the children's novel of the same name, by L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz follows a young boy named Tip on his journey to find Ozma, the lost Princess of Oz. After escaping from Mombi, a witch who has held him captive since birth, he is joined by Jack Pumpkinhead, a talking Saw-Horse and old favorites, the Scarecrow and Tin Man. Along the way, Tip meets General Jinjur and her all-girl Army of Revolt, who take over the Emerald City and remove the Scarecrow from his throne. Magic spells and strange characters make up this tale of true identity and self worth from L. Frank Baum's beloved Oz series.

In keeping with New American Folk Theatre’s mission to use the immediate resources available to create folk art, The Marvelous Land of Oz utilizes a myriad of recycled and reused materials.  All the shadow puppets are cut from old PBR boxes while the Tin Man is cut from found cardboard boxes. Many of the props and costumes are found objects and thrift store treasures refurbished to complete the land of Oz. New American Folk Theatre, with design by Anthony whitaker, is proud to feature these found materials and objects in Oz as a part of the folk art tradition.

New American Folk Theatre is pleased to present this original adaptation with book and music by Anthony Whitaker. The Marvelous Land of Oz is an experience for the whole family to enjoy.

The Director's Note

When I was seven years old, my Mother took me to our local branch of the Greenville County Public Library to return Mary Martin's Peter Pan. I found the Soundtrack to MGM's Wizard of Oz and it changed my entire life. I know that people throw that around casually, but I really mean it and you would know it's true if you could see me sitting in my apartment surrounded by my Oz collection of over 30 years. Since I found that piece of vinyl, I have attended countless festivals and conventions, visited gravesides and birthplaces, sat with munchkins and even a winged monkey.  I have also become part of an amazing network of Oz Scholars and Fans. After having directed probably a thousand kids in various productions of the Wizard of Oz and the Wiz, I decided that it was time for me to write an adaptation of my favorite of Baum's original 14 books and it had to be done correctly. The Marvelous Land of Oz was work-shopped with 27 junior high and high school students at the Beverly Arts Center.  And now we're here to see the show in a theatre close to the Humboldt Park neighborhood where Frank Baum lived when he wrote the first few Oz Books.

In 1908 Frank Baum took three of his Oz stories on a tour called The Fairylogue Radio Plays it was produced by the Selig-Polyscope Film Company on the corner of Irving Park and Western Avenue in Chicago.  The show featured live actors, hand-colored silent film, glass slides and Baum himself as narrator.  Our version of The Marvelous Land of Oz is based on what the Fairylogue might have been. I hope you enjoy this lesser known tale of the Land of Oz and I hope it will encourage you to read more of the stories of Oz.

Anthony Whitaker
Writer and Director

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