The Wizard Of Oz

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A Windmill Theatre Co production

An adventure in a fantastical world of wonder somewhere over the rainbow…

Exactly 70 years on from the iconic MGM film, we retell the much loved tale of Dorothy’s quest to find herself and her way back home.

As a tribute to the magic and originality of this enduring adventure, our Wizard of Oz will be a daring, flamboyant and exhilarating theatrical journey for the whole family.

Full of imagination, and invigorated with some surprising twists, this is a aselebration of the yellow brick road we all travel to find out just what we’re made of.

A visually spectacular and musically sumptuous explosion, ours is a bold retelling for another Land of Oz in a brand new century.

Warning: This play contains cross-dressing, a (lame) lion and truly wicked witches.

  • Recommended for age
  • Musical Theatre
  • 100 minutes

Awards

  • 2009 Advertiser Box Office Awards Winner: Best Theatre Show: The Wizard of Oz
  • 2010 Ruby Award Nominated: Best New Work: The Wizard of Oz
  • 2010 National Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Presentation for Children: The Wizard of Oz, Windmill Theatre
  • 2010 National Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Male Supporting Actor in a Musical: Geoff Revell
  • 2010 National Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Direction of Musical: Rosemary Myers
  • 2010 National Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Female Actor in a Musical: Ursula Yovich
  • 2010 National Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Female Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jude Henshall
  • 2010 National Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Musical: The Wizard of Oz, Windmill Theatre

Highlights from the show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Rosemary Myers

    Director

    Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of relevance in this modern time.

    Rose is a multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Pinocchio, The Wizard Of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep. Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010.

  • Ursula Yovich

    Cast

    Ursula graduated from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in 1996 and has since performed extensively around Australia. Theatre credits include The Small Poppies, The Sapphires (Company B); 7 Stages of Grieving (Sydney Theatre Company).

    Her Windmill Theatre Co credits include Riverland and Afternoon of the Elves (Windmill Theatre Co). She has also performed in The Sunshine Club (Sydney Tehatre Company/Queensland Theatre Company); Corrugation Road (Black Swan Theatre Company) and Darlinghurst Nights (Darwin Theatre Company). She had received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Supporting Female Actor, a 2004 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Musical and a GLUG Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Proud member of Actors Equity.

  • Hamish Fletcher

    Cast

    Hamish is a versatile puppeteer and puppet maker with a Masters in Puppetry from VCA. working extensively in theatre, television and cross art forms. He has also trained under Philipe Genty, Mary Underwood, Duda Paiva and Peter Wilson.

    He has collaborated and worked on a range of productions for ABC television, Sticky Pictures, Super Studios and companies Windmill Theatre Co, Arena Theatre, Victorian Opera, Men of Steel, MIFF and Circus Oz. He has toured work to over 25 cities worldwide including to China, Japan, Malaysia, The UK, Ireland, USA, Singapore, Portugal and Canada. He has won Best Host at Kidscreen 2012 as Hoot The Owl for ABC, as well as the Festival Director’s Award as part of Men of Steel at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

  • Patrick Graham

    Cast

    Patrick has previously worked on Windmill productions including The Wizard of Oz, Boom Bah! and Big Bad Wolf. For floogle, an independent company Patrick co-founded, he has performed in One Long Night in the Land of Nod, Black Crow Lullabies.

    His portrayal of Lenny in floogle’s The Homecoming earned him an Advertiser Oscart Award. For State Theatre Company South Australia Patrick has appeared in Blasted, Buried Child, Three Sisters, The Misanthrope, Lion Pig Lion, Equus, and The Dark Room. Patrick’s television credits include Blue Heelers, Stingers, Fergus McPhail and McLeod’s Daughters. Film credits include The King is Dead (Rolf De Heer) and Angela’s Decision (Matt King).

  • Jude Henshall

    Cast

    Jude graduated with Honours from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in 2006. Since then, she has worked extensively for flagship, independent and experimental theatre companies across Australia and internationally.Companies include Bell Shakespeare, Ontrorend Goed, State Theatre Company of SA, Windmill Theatre Co and Patch Theatre. Jude is an associate member of The Border Project and a founding member of isthisyours? Film and television credits include Sunshine and Oranges, The Swimming Lesson, Yuri Shima, Wire Through the Heart and Rainshadow.

  • Ezra Juanta

    Cast

    Ezra graduated from Adelaide College of Arts in 2006. Since graduating, Ezra has featured in numerous screen and stage productions, the most notable being his portrayal of The Lion in Windmill Theatre Co’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
    The play toured to Sydney Theatre Company and was nominated for 6 Helpmann Academy Awards. In 2016 Ezra returned to the musical stage with his loveable performance of the ‘Surprise Character’ in State Theatre Company South Australia and Windmill Theatre Co’s new co-produced musical Rumpelstiltskin. Stage credits include Russian Eggflip, The Life of Galileo, Touch me I’m Sick, King Lear, Bye Bye Birdie, Under Milkwood, Littlewing and Twinkle Toes, Vin, The Beginners Guide to Pirates, Helly’s Magic Cup, Boom Bah!, Wizard of Oz, The Water Show, and The Tale of Shaggles and Petrookio, the book show, Me N’ Me Mates, Rumpelstiltskin, Mr Burns.

  • Geoff Revell

    Cast

    Geoff Revell has performed in Windmill Theatre Co’s highly successful productions of The Wizard of Oz and Fugitive. In addition to these SA shows, he has performed in over 20 productions for State Theatre Company South Australia.
    These include The Ham Funeral, Holding the Man, Three Sisters, Maestro, Life X 3, Noises Off, The Government Inspector, The Crucible, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, Arabian Nights, and Don’s Party. He has also worked for Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, Company B (now Belvoir), Church Theatre, Theatre Praxis, Junction, Red Shed, Troupe, Magpie, Patch Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Urban Myth, The Bakehouse, Shifting Point, 4 Bux Productions, Torque Show, and Flying Penguin.

  • Alirio Zavarce

    Cast

    Alirio is a multi-award-winning director and theatre maker who has created numerous projects with a variety of companies all across Australia. He is a founding member of The Border Project and has also co-created and performed in all of their productions. Alirio directed, wrote and performed in Trapped (Winner 2011 Graham Smith Peace Trust Award) and Sons & Mothers (Winner 2012 Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre Award and Adelaide Critics Circle Best in Fringe Award). In 2013, Alirio wrote and performed in The Book of Loco (Winner 2013 Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Production, Adelaide Festival Centre Award). He wrote and directed The Migration Project for the Come Out Festival in 2013.

  • Jethro Woodward

    Musical Director

    Jethro is a composer, musician and sound designer known for his expansive and highly layered film, theatre and dance scores. He is a multi Green Room Award winner and nominee, working with some of Australia’s leading major and independent companies. These include Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir, Arena, Windmill Theatre Co, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Dance Theatre and more. Jethro won Green Room Awards for Moth (Malthouse/Arena), Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd (Malthouse/Arena) and The Bloody Chamber (Malthouse). He was the Musical Director and Sound Designer for six-time Helpmann nominated musical Wizard of Oz and multi-award winning Pinocchio.

  • Chris More

    Video Designer

    Chris studied Electronic Design and Interactive Media at Swinburne. His work with the moving image has led to creative collaborations for live performance and theatre, including Starchaser (Arena Theatre Company), Half Real (The Border Project). He has also worked on Wizard of Oz and School Dance for Windmill Theatre Co, Girl Who Cried Wolf for Arena Theatre Company, Criminology for Arena Theatre Company (co-production with Malthouse Theatre), and Skid 180 with Arena Theatre Company (co-production with Contact). Chris runs the creative design practise Studio Organic, an interdisciplinary studio working in visual design.

  • Jonathon Oxlade

    Designer

    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at The Queensland College of Art and has designed sets and costumes in Australia for Windmill Theatre Co, Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Circa, Arena Theatre Company and many more. Jonathon has also designed for venues and festivals including the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. He illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian and the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee. Jonathon is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre Co and won his first AACTA Award for Costume Design in 2016 for his work on Windmill’s debut film, Girl Asleep. Jonathon is also a recipient of the 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

  • Geoff Cobham

    Lighting Designer

    Geoff has worked as an Event Producer, Production Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Public Artist and Venue Designer. His work includes smaller innovative productions at the Performance Space, Queens Theatre, Belvoir St and Red Shed. Geoff has worked at non-theatre venues to large scale theatre/dance productions, festivals, art exhibitions, events, museums and venue creation. With his company Bluebottle he has designed many lighting installations and lit public artworks, buildings, landscapes and freeways. He received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 to study Outdoor Theatre in Europe. This led to the creation of Barrio; inspired by the “participatory theatre” movement currently sweeping Europe.

  • Julianne O'Brien

    Dramaturg

    Julianne is a playwright with numerous stage and screen credits including Blue Heelers (Southern Star) and Backberner (ABC-TV Sydney). She consults as a dramaturg for theatre companies throughout Australia and lectures in story design at Victoria University. Julianne also teaches comedy writing for Swinburne University and writes features for The Age. Julianne was dramaturg on the Arena Theatre multimedia trilogy Autopsy, Mass and Panacea, which won the 1999 ASSITEJ President’s Award for Best in the World, presented in Norway. Both Autopsy and her highly acclaimed first play, The Women There, have toured Canada as invitees of major theatre festivals. Julianne wrote Arena Theatre’s Eat Your Young that toured to Taiwan and Australian capital cities. For Windmill Theatre Co, she has written Pinocchio and Rumpelstiltskin.

  • Paul White

    Hammond organist

    Paul White is one of Adelaide’s most sought after musicians, producers, composers, and educators. He has worked with an extensive list of the who’s who of Australian music including Brian Cadd, Stevie Wright, Troy Cassar Daly, The Party boys and many more. He has also been in his own projects like Goose, Lucifer’s Lounge and the Hammond Eggs. Paul has composed music for short films, commercials, and video games and also produces, engineers and co-writes music with other artists. Paul has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with his music and works regularly in Adelaide not only as a gigging musician but also as a session keyboard player for many recording artists.

  • Pete Brundle

    Video System Engineer

    Pete Brundle is a Melbourne based interaction designer and programmer. Originally trained as a classical musician, Pete moved into experimental performance making and computer music during the mid-1990s.
    He joined Grey Advertising in 2000 as an interactive designer and left the following year to found Nice Device which he has been operating ever since. Clients include Lynette Wallworth, Genevieve Lacey, Windmill Theatre Co, Bluebottle, Electrolight, Artshouse, Arena Theatre Company, Forma Arts and Media UK, A Friend of Mine, 21-19, Studio Round, Fabio Ongarato, Hunt Studio, Studio Duo Duo, Monarch, Natalie Cursio, Abi Alice, Kirrily Johnston, Deakin University Motion Capture Lab and SIAL RMIT.

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Tugs at the heart strings… with a passion and soul that stirs up a cyclone."

The Sunday Mail

"One of the greatest pieces of theatre I've seen in this country."

ABC 891 Radio

"No one could resist Yovich’s soulful version of Over the Rainbow."

The Australian

"Modern take on a timeless tale sure to bring the house down."

The Australian

"Funny, offbeat, and very much where you might place the show in 2009."

The Advertiser

"A contemporary triumph."

Sunday Mail

"Yet another Windmill show that will have a big future around the nation."

The Sunday Mail

"Reminisce and marvel at the witty take on the tale."

The Independent Weekly

Credits

  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Cast Ursula Yovich
  • Cast Hamish Fletcher
  • Cast Patrick Graham
  • Cast Jude Henshall
  • Cast Ezra Juanta
  • Cast Geoff Revell
  • Cast Alirio Zavarce
  • Musical Director Jethro Woodward
  • Video Designer Chris More
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham
  • Dramaturg Julianne O'Brien
  • Hammond organist Paul White
  • Video System Engineer Pete Brundle

Acknowledgements

By L. Frank Baum

With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg

Background music by Herbert Stothart

Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard

Orchestration by Larry Wilcox

Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company

Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co and distributed in all media by Warner Bros

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