PCOS presents: The Wizard of Oz

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Opening night is fast approaching for this year’s Port Colborne Operatic Society presentation of The Wizard of Oz.

After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey. *This version includes many of the songs from the famous MGM musical. ~ From the PCOS website

“It’s a great show,” said director Iraina Neufeld. “We have a fantastic cast, it’s also a great story, a familiar story.”

“People love the story, it has a great message,” she said. “Though it is a very familiar story, we have put our own stamp on it. We’re not trying to Judy Garland’s version, we are doing our own version.”

The large cast includes many of the company’s seasoned actors, this year there are some new actors as well.

“Dorothy (Emily Cortolezzis) is new this year, the Scarecrow (Bradley Doyle) too,” Neufeld said. “The Cowardly Lion (Joffre Mercier) is with us for his second season now.”

“We have about 50 people on stage, about 20 of them are kids, which is a lot of fun,” she said.

One of the challenges has been to recreate some of the magic seen in the film version.

“It’s been difficult to recreate some of the magical moments as this is based on a movie,” Neufeld said. “I have a fantastic team of people who have worked very hard to make those things happen.”

“We have a really great creative team, the music director is so ‘on-the-ball,’ likewise the choreographer,” she said. “We’ve got a really good bunch.”

“We’ve also got at least 30 people buzzing around the backstage making it work too,” she said.

“That’s so critical, people don’t always see that,” she said. “The amount that gets pulled together in the time that we have, it’s always so iffy. But, we’ve got the people for it, really, really positive people.”

The Port Colborne Operatic Society is the oldest amateur theatre company in Niagara. The “all volunteer” cast and crew have been presenting annual musical productions since 1945. They are a supporter of many charitable causes including Toronto Sick Kids Hospital, Port Colborne Festival of the Arts, Santa’s Helpers and have presented many arts scholarships to local high school students.

The Wizard of Oz opens Saturday Feb. 17/2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeshore Catholic High School Auditorium.

The scheduled show times are:

  • Saturday, February 17 @ 7:30pm (Opening Night and Meet the Cast)
  • Sunday, February 18 @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, February 24 @ 2:00pm
  • Sunday, February 25 @ 2:00pm
  • Friday, March 2 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 3 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, March 4 @ 2:00pm

Tickets are $25 each and are available through the Roselawn Box Office,  905 -834 -7572, 296 Fielden Ave. Port Colborne.



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