May 4-6, 2018 | Ohio Theatre

Columbus Premiere
Friday, 5/4 Senior Dress Rehearsal
Friday, 5/4 8:00 pm
Saturday, 5/5 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, 5/6 1:00 pm

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Choreography: Edwaard Liang

Music: Oliver Peter Graber

Meet Dorothy, Glinda and Scarecrow on the yellow brick road as they make their heroic return to save the land of Oz. Racing against the clock, Dorothy must rescue the Prince from warring kingdoms before tragedy strikes. A collaboration with Tulsa Ballet, the Columbus Premiere of Dorothy and the Prince of Oz features stunning puppetry and scenery by Basil Twist, a score arranged by Oliver Peter Graber and original choreography by Edwaard Liang.

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Meet the Characters:

Dorothy

While back in Kansas with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, Dorothy receives a special invitation asking her to return to Oz. Reuniting with Glinda and Scarecrow, Dorothy soon discovers that Oz is in trouble and that only she can restore peace across the land by rescuing the Prince from the kingdom of Queen Diamond.

Glinda

Using the magic of the all-knowing Book of Knowledge, Glinda foresees the end of Oz due to King Sapphire and Queen Diamond’s feud over their son. She quickly seeks out Dorothy’s help to stop the book’s prophecy from coming true.

Scarecrow

Excited to hear about Dorothy’s return to OZ, Scarecrow travels to Emerald City to greet her. After learning about the Book of Knowledge’s prophecy from Glinda, Scarecrow promises to help Dorothy save the land of Oz.

The Prince of Oz

The son of King Sapphire and Queen Diamond, the Prince remains hidden from his father and kept under his mother’s spell which can only be lifted by a long-lost magical amulet the Prince received as a child from Glinda.

King Sapphire

His love for Queen Diamond united two kingdoms, however as time passed their differences grew tearing apart the once peaceful Oz. Heartbroken over the loss of the Prince, King Sapphire becomes resolved to get his son back.

Queen Diamond

After disagreeing on how to raise their son, Queen Diamond leaves King Sapphire, kidnapping their son and hiding him away for many years in her kingdom. When she discovers Dorothy and Scarecrow trying to rescue the Prince, Queen Diamond blames King Sapphire, declaring war across all of Oz.

Synopsis

Prologue: Emerald City

Glinda the Good Witch is consulting the all-knowing Book of Knowledge. Through the book’s magic she travels to the past and her memories come alive. The book depicts Queen Diamond and King Sapphire, and how their love united two kingdoms and brought a son into the world. In celebration, Glinda presents the young Prince with an amulet. As he grows, King and Queen begin to argue over their child, and the Queen casts a spell over her young son and hides him away in her kingdom. Glinda realizes that the Book has shown her this memory because Oz is in danger, and only Dorothy can help to reunite the kingdoms. A Phoenix is sent Kansas to deliver a special invitation.

ACT I: Kansas

Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are expecting guests and Dorothy is helping tidy the house. As she cleans, a Phoenix flies into her bedroom. She reads the invitation from Glinda and quickly prepares for her magical journey to Oz.

Emerald City: All of Emerald City is excited for Dorothy’s arrival and they have planned a celebration in her honor. Even Scarecrow has traveled a long way to welcome her. When she arrives, Glinda takes her to the Book of Knowledge, and Dorothy is transported to a magical place where she and the Prince meet. Although their time together is short, they fall in love and the Prince gives his amulet to Dorothy.  As the Book closes, Glinda magically passes to Dorothy the history of the Land of Oz and the wisdom of how to reunite the kingdoms. Dorothy and Scarecrow volunteer to rescue the Prince from the spell.

King Sapphire’s Kingdom: Dorothy and Scarecrow travel through the Land of the Mist Maidens on their way to King Sapphire’s empire. The King mourns the loss of his son, who he hasn’t seen in many years. Dorothy comforts him and promises to rescue the Prince.

Queen Diamond’s Kingdom: Dorothy and Scarecrow arrive at the Queen’s dome to find she has assembled a large army. While the Queen is distracted, Dorothy finds the Prince and places the amulet around his neck, activating the magic within. With the spell lifted, he recognizes her from the moment they shared through the Book of Knowledge. Dorothy gives him a hair ribbon as a token of her love. The Queen discovers the intruders, steals the amulet, and imprisons Dorothy and Scarecrow. She blames the King for Dorothy’s meddling and declares war against him.

ACT II: The Great Battle

The two kingdoms are engaged in an epic battle. As they fight, the King manages to grab the amulet. In retaliation, the Queen forces the Prince, who is still under her spell, to fight his own father. The King slips the amulet around his son’s neck, and the amulet helps the Prince begin to fight against his entrancement. As the Queen is about to stab the King, the Prince saves his father by taking his place. The Queen is distraught and begs forgiveness from her son and husband. The Prince holds Dorothy’s hair ribbon, explaining that his dying wish is to see Dorothy again. The King and Queen unite to bring the Prince to Dorothy.

Queen Diamond’s Kingdom: Dorothy sees the Prince and runs to his side, but it is too late. She dances once more with his departed spirit. As they mourn, Glinda arrives and explains that their combined power could still save the Prince. They place their hands over the amulet, and the Prince returns to life. The Land of Oz rejoices and Queen Diamond and King Sapphire reconcile their differences. Although Dorothy and the Prince want to be together, she must return to Kansas.

Kansas: Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are having tea with their new neighbors as Dorothy is transported back to Kansas. She greets them and is astonished at how familiar they seem. As their son enters the parlor, Dorothy sees that he is the Prince, and they recognize each other. When they have a moment alone, the Prince takes her hand and once again gives her the amulet as a symbol of his love.

Pictured: Artists of Tulsa Ballet