Making Theater Accessible on Both Sides of the Curtain

Know Before You Go

Seussical, 2017

A rainbow of “birdgirls’ caught mid flight backstage

Accessibility Details

Open Door shows are sensory friendly, interpreted into American Sign Language, open captioned, and audio described. We provide accessible seating, assisted listening devices, family bathrooms, tactile tours, allergy friendly concessions, and a live feed of the performance onsite.

For more information, please visit the Open Door Theater Accessibility page.

Run Time

Check back one month before performances for the run time for Wizard of Oz.

Content Warnings

Content warnings for the Wizard of Oz include: anger, tornado, evil witch, kidnapping, fighting, bugs, evil monkeys, scary wizard, and death.

Synopsis

Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a farm in Kansas, dreams of escaping her mundane life. One day, Dorothy and her dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm and Dorothy is knocked unconscious in the storm. When she wakes, she and Toto are in a magical land. They then set off on a journey to the Emerald City to find the Wizard of Oz, who she believes can help her return to Kansas. Along the way, she meets three new friends: the Scarecrow, who wants a brain; the Tin Man, who wants a heart; and the Cowardly Lion, who wants courage. 

The four friends travel down the Yellow Brick Road, facing many dangers along the way. While they are heartbroken to learn that the Wizard cannot help them, the friends discover they had the qualities they were seeking all along. Dorothy also realizes “There’s no place like home.” and uses that phrase to bring her back to Kansas. When she awakes in Kansas, all the people she loves most are surrounding her. Was it just a dream or does the land of Oz truly exist?

Character Guide

AUNT EM – A typical hard-working farmer’s wife. Although she is consumed by her responsibilities, underneath it all she cares very much for Dorothy’s feelings and well-being. 

DOROTHY GALE – A sweet, innocent young lady who has a streak of boldness. She dreams of escaping to a far-off place where she does not get into so much trouble. She and her dog, Toto, are inseparable.

GLINDA – The Good Witch of the North who guides Dorothy in her journey through Oz. 

JITTERBUGS – A small group of bugs who have been sent by the Wicked Witch to out-dance Dorothy and her friends. 

LEADER OF THE WINKIES – The leader of the Wicked Witch’s guards. 

LION – Although the Lion acts tough from time to time, his true fearful self comes out in scary situations. His greatest wish is to have courage.

MISS GULCH –  A well-off neighbor who is cold-hearted and hates Toto for getting into her yard.

MUNCHKINS – The people who live in Munchkindland, the place in Oz where Dorothy’s house has landed. The Munchkins are full of joy and enthusiasm as they celebrate their newfound freedom. 

NIKKO – The leader of the Winged Monkeys 

THE OZIANS – The people who live in Emerald City.

PROFESSOR MARVEL – A traveling salesman whose career of the moment is fortune telling. He is a bit of a con man; however, he has a good heart. 

SCARECROW – Scarecrow is kind hearted but also quite clumsy. His greatest wish is to have a brain.

TIN MAN – The Tin Man is kind, sweet and nurturing. His greatest wish is to have a heart.

TOTO – Dorothy’s beloved dog. 

UNCLE HENRY – The owner of the farm and Aunt Em’s husband. He adores Dorothy.

WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST – Wicked Witch of the West wants revenge on Dorothy. She wants her sister’s ruby slippers and will do anything to get them.

WINGED MONKEYS – The Wicked Witch’s animal army. 

WINKIE GUARDS – A group of the Wicked Witch’s guards. 

WIZARD – The Wizard portrays himself as all powerful but is just an average guy with a fantastic facade.