Making Theater Accessible on Both Sides of the Curtain

Know Before You Go

Seussical, 2017

A rainbow of “birdgirls’ caught mid flight backstage

March 15 @ 7PM, 16 @ 1PM, 17 @ 1PM, 22 @ 7PM, 23 @ 1PM and 7PM and 24 @ 1PM.,

Dragonfly Theater, R.J. Grey Jr. H.S. 16 Charter Road, Acton, MA 01720

Electronic Program Available here. AND Cast and Crew Biographies here

Accessibility Details

Open Door shows are relaxed/sensory friendly, interpreted into American Sign Language, open captioned by illustrated projections on the proscenium walls, 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 in a chill out area. A PDF of our Social Story can be found here and the Short version PDF here.

Find Our Audio Description Preshow Cast and Costumes here, Sets here, and Wayfinding and Theater here .

Find our ASL VLOG about show and characters here.

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

Run Time

The run time for the Wizard of Oz is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission.

Content Warnings

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


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

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) INTERPRETERS –  Specially trained professionals who provide access and interpret the story of the Wizard of Oz in ASL to Deaf and hard of hearing people.  

DOROTHY GALE – Young woman who is sweet, kind and has a streak of boldness. She dreams of running away to a far away place somewhere over the rainbow.  She dearly loves her family, friends and her dog Toto. The actress’ self description is as follows;  Tiana Brote is a 24-year old South Asian woman with tan skin, black hair, and brown eyes.

Toto – Adorable little dog that brings happiness and joy to Dorothy. He gets into trouble and bothers the neighbor. Initially appears as a stuffed toy and in Oz is replaced by an actress. The actress’ self description is as follows;  Sara Pinto is a short young woman with fair skin, shoulder-length blond hair, and brown eyes.

AUNT EM – Strong, hard-working farmer’s wife. She is consumed by her responsibilities, but underneath it all she cares very much for Dorothy’s feelings and well-being. The same actress intentionally plays Glinda. 

UNCLE HENRY – Proud owner of the farm who works hard from morning until night.   He is Aunt Em’s husband and adores Dorothy.

HUNK – Clumsy farmhand that talks about being smart. The same actor intentionally plays the Scarecrow.

HICKORY – Kind, sweet and nurturing farmhand. The same actress intentionally plays the Tinman.

ZEKE – Farmhand who is nervous and lacks courage. The same actor intentionally plays the Lion.

MS GULCH – A well-to-do neighbor who is mean, scary, cold-hearted and dislikes Toto for getting into her yard. The same actress intentionally plays the Wicked Witch.  

PROFESSOR MARVEL – A traveling salesman whose career of the moment is fortune telling. He is a bit of a con man. This actor is Deaf and the character communicates in ASL. The same actor intentionally plays the Wizard. 

THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST – Has a cackle that scares Dorothy, her three friends and all the residents of Oz.  She wants the ruby slippers and will do anything to get them. The actress’ self description is as follows;  Wendy Linden is a medium height Ashkenazi Jewish woman with wavy brown hair, blue eyes, and colorful glasses.

Assistant to MS Gulch/ NIKKO – The trusted assistant of the Wicked Witch and the leader of the Winged Monkeys.  Both parts are played with body language and no words.

GLINDA – The Good Witch of the North guides Dorothy in her journey through Oz.  She is beautiful and a kind and nurturing mother figure to all those who live in Oz and to Dorothy. The actress’ self description is as follows;  Lali Haines is a petite woman of south Asian Indian descent with brown hair, brown eyes and a big smile.

CITIZENS OF MUNCHKINLAND – People who greet Dorothy when she lands in Oz.  The Munchkins are full of joy and enthusiasm as they celebrate their newfound freedom.   

THE RUBY SLIPPERS – The enchanted red shoes are given to Dorothy when she arrives in Oz.  They are magic and she needs to learn for herself just what the shoes can do.

THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD – A golden yellow path that leads Dorothy and her friends to The Emerald City with the hope of receiving their wishes. The Yellow Brick Road is played by a young actress.

SCARECROW – Scarecrow is kind hearted, considerate and often quite clumsy. His greatest wish is to have a brain. He is usually the man with the plan. The actor’s self description is as follows;  Chris Merritt is a mixed race male of average height with long, lush, wild, dark, textured hair.

CROWS – They eat the corn in the cornfield and are not friendly or helpful, teasing the Scarecrow.

TIN MAN – The Tin Man is kind, sweet and compassionate.  His greatest wish is to have a heart. He is usually the one who helps the others. This role is played by a woman. The actress Maddie Freeman is a 31-year-old white woman with curly auburn hair and lots of freckles. As the Tin Man, she wears a boxy silver “can-like” top with tight silver leggings, and silver jazz shoes.

COWARDLY LION – The Lion acts tough from time to time, but his true fearful self comes out in scary and dangerous situations. His greatest wish is to have courage. He is usually the most selfless of the quartet. The actor, Adam Winograd is a 6 ft 2 inch, broad shouldered, white, Jewish male with a mane of curly brown hair.

TREES – Angry and petulant apple trees that do not like to share.

POPPIES & SNOWFLAKES – Graceful flowers that carry a secret spell from the Wicked Witch to thwart the friends.   

THE GUARD- She guards the gate and initially will not let the quartet in.  The actress’ self description is as follows;  Amy Morton is a short 50+ year old woman of Irish descent with brown hair and green eyes.

EMERALD CITY CITIZENS – The fashion conscious, fancy folk who live in Emerald City.

THE WIZARD OF OZ – The ruler of Oz and believed to be very powerful.  He communicates in ASL and initially through a scary large puppet to communicate to Dorothy and her friends. He is a pretender. The Actor’s self description is as follows;  Leon Jerfita is a Scottish 51 year old Deaf, tall, slim male with blue and brown eyes, white hair and beard, who looks like Santa Claus.  

WINGED MONKEYS –  They live to serve the Wicked Witch and cause misery wherever they go. Nikko is their leader.

WINKIES – The Wicked Witch’s down trodden guards. 

JITTERBUGS –  A group of fast moving, swing dancing insects that work for the Wicked Witch to try and stop the friends.

Find the Downloadable/Printable version here.