Watch a scene from Gateway Theatre's The Wizard of Oz, opening December 11

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      Just in time for the holidays, Frank L. Baum's beloved musical, The Wizard of Oz, returns to the Gateway Theatre for a series of performances beginning this week.

      The Straight got a preview of the show, and afterwards, we sat down with Dorothy, played by Bridget Esler, and Scarecrow, played by Victor Hunter, to chat about their production.

      According to Hunter, despite some slight modifications and a few added scenes, their version of the well-known musical will delight established fans of Oz and first-time viewers alike.

      "Fans of the original movie are going to love it, and it's also a great place to bring people into their first Oz experience. There's enough different from the original movie that people who are fond of it and remember it are going to get a little bit extra," said Hunter.

      "Our show is full of tons of imagination and creativity... it's a total Christmas family show," added Esler.

      The production will include projections, puppetry, dance, and the music you know and love, played by a 10-piece orchestra. 

      Check out the video below for a scene featuring Esler and Hunter. A preview will take place at the Gateway (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond) on Thursday, with the official opening happening on Friday (December 11) at 8 p.m. Find tickets here

      Amanda Siebert