Stage Play: Repertory Philippines' “The Wizard of Oz”

“There’s no place like home.”  

Endearing words from the all-too-familiar film, “The Wizard of Oz.” The real revelation is not in the destination but in the journey.

Who does not remember Dorothy and her tornado; the Cowardly Lion and friends; the, oh, so Wicked Witch of the West; the Munchkins; and the zany Professor Marvel (aka, the Wizard of Oz).  But this is a dream well worth re-awaking, via this production, not only for some stellar performances, but for a bit of re-imagining, too.

There are some lovely performances, especially by Giannina Ocampo in the guise of Dorothy. She has a marvelous singing voice; really amazing thing is her acting performance as the character. She brings one aspect to this role. And Pinky Marquez is deliciously wicked as the Witch. The character needs to engulf the stage when she’s on. She moves, cackles and wields her power with great authority. The Lion (Oliver Usison) embodies nicely the humor and vulnerability of the role. The Scarecrow (James Stacey) easily slides into this warm, soft guise as a character of substance, even though he’s made of straw. And the Tin Man (Hans Eckstein) nicely inhabits the lanky fellow with a heart of gold. Liesl Batucan is a beautiful Glinda the Good Witch and Rem Zamora has some funny exchanges as the Secretary of the Oz.

Other members of the cast are Nathalie Everett as Aunt Em, Chino Veguillas as Uncle Henry; Bobby Superales, Jim Ferrer, Deo dela Cruz and Clark dela Riva as the acrobats and Monkeys.

 “The Wizard of Oz” will definitely thrill the child in all of us. This brand new musical will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable experience.

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I really have no idea what is behind the story of the Wizard of Oz, I only know the Lion of Oz....

I wish I could watch this!


August 27, 2012 at 4:19 AM comment-delete

i've seen the movie... cguro magnda din to

August 27, 2012 at 5:59 AM comment-delete