Fri 12/2-Sat 12/31
Cleveland Heights-based Dobama Theatre always comes up with a creative approach to holiday programming. Instead of falling back on old reliables such as A Christmas Carol or Santaland Diaries, it finds off-the-beaten-path scripts that are family-friendly and have a touch of magic about them, even if they’re not specifically about the holiday season.
This year’s offering is the world premiere of a musical (book and lyrics) by George Brant called The Land of Oz. It’s based on the second book of the 35 books in L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, The Marvelous Land of Oz, telling a less familiar story about the magic land. In it, the protagonist, a youngster named Tip, escapes from his evil witch guardian, and goes on a series of adventures with the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow. The show is directed by Dobama’s artistic director Nathan Motta, who also wrote the music; Gregory Daniels choreographed the show. It features Jordyn Freetage, already an experienced performer and Actors Equity candidate at the age of 15.
The show has a general admission preview on Thursday December 1 and officially opens on Friday December 2. It runs through Saturday December 31. Get tickets here.