Location
Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH

Dorothy, Glinda and Scarecrow make their heroic return to save the land of Oz

Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo

Dorothy must rescue the Prince from warring kingdoms before tragedy strikes.

Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo

Featuring stunning puppetry and scenery by Basil Twist and a score arranged by Oliver Peter Graber

Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo
Dorothy and the Prince of Oz Performance Photo

Show Details

Run Time Approximately 1 hour 46 minutes
Approximately 1 hour 46 minutes

This ballet is a full length. Meaning, one ballet with intermissions, similar to a book with chapters.

Choreography Edwaard Liang
Edwaard Liang

A former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, Edwaard Liang has built an international reputation as a choreographer. Over the last decade, he has created work for the Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and Washington Ballet.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Marin County, California, Mr. Liang began his dance training at age five with Marin Ballet. After studying at the School of American Ballet, he joined New York City Ballet in 1993. That same year, he was a medal winner at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition and won the Mae L. Wien Award. By 1998, he was promoted to Soloist. In 2001, Mr. Liang joined the Tony Award® winning Broadway cast of Fosse. His performance in Fosse was later televised nationally on PBS’ Great Performances series – “Dance in America: From Broadway: Fosse,” and subsequently released on DVD. By 2002, Mr. Liang was invited by Jiri Kylian to become a member of the acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater 1.

While dancing with NDT 1, Mr. Liang discovered his passion and love for choreography. Since establishing himself as a choreographer, his works have been performed by dance companies around the world and he has won numerous awards for his choreography including the 2006 National Choreographic Competition.

In 2013, Mr. Liang was named Artistic Director at BalletMet where he continues to choreograph new works for companies both domestically and abroad. In 2017, he received an Emmy® Award for his short dance film, “Vaulted.” In 2018, he created a new ballet with Roberto Bolle for the opening of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Music Oliver Peter Graber
Oliver Peter Graber

Learn more about Oliver Peter Graber here.

Puppetry and Scenery Basil Twist
Basil Twist

A native of San Francisco, Basil Twist is a third-generation puppeteer. He is the sole American to graduate from the École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres, France. Basil’s showmanship was spotlighted in New York by The Jim Henson International Festival of Puppetry with his award winning “The Araneidae Show.” This recognition coupled with the ground-breaking and multiple award-winning “Symphonie Fantastique,” Twist was revealed as a singular artist of unlimited imagination.

Highlights of subsequent work have included “Petrushka” (commissioned by Lincoln Center) and “Dogugaeshi” (The Japan Society), “Behind the Lid” (Silver Whale Gallery) with the late Lee Nagrin and “Arias with a Twist,” co-created with nightlife icon Joey Arias. “Symphonie” and these productions have now toured throughout the world. In 2012 a cohort of Washington D.C. presenters hosted a retrospective of his work, featuring four productions and an exhibition. His site-specific commission “Seafoam Sleepwalk” for the WOW Festival at the La Jolla Playhouse was a festival favorite. “Rite of Spring” was commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts & made its world premiere at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, appearing also at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. “Sisters Follies” was created for Abrons Arts Center’s 100th Anniversary in 2015

Deeply musical in nature, Mr.Twist thrives in the world of Opera. He just created a new Titon et l’Aurore with Les Arts Florissants at the Opera Comique in Paris. He recently collaborated with Phelim McDermott on “Aida” at English National Opera, Geneva Opera House and Houston Grand Opera, with Dick Bird on “Otello” premiering at Vienna’s WIENER STAATSOPER. A new production of Ottorini Respighi’s “La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco” was created with the Gotham Chamber Opera for Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto USA Festivals, Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” for the Houston, Atlanta and Michigan Operas. De Falla’s “Master Peters Puppet Show” was commissioned by Eos Orchestra and performed with The Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Twist is a frequent collaborator with the late Lee Breuer/Mabou Mines. From “Peter and Wendy” to “Red Beads” to his debut at The Comedie Francaise as production designer and co-director with the Breuer for “A Streetcar named Desire.”

In dance most recently, he created the sets and puppetry for the world premiere of “Dorothy and The Prince of Oz” for The Tulsa Ballet and collaborated on a new “Nutcracker” with Christopher Wheeldon for The Joffrey Ballet. Previously with Mr. Wheeldon, Twist designed puppetry for “Cinderella” at the Dutch National Ballet & San Francisco Ballet, and “A Winter’s Tale” for the Royal Ballet. He premiered “Darkness and Light” with Pilobolus and created the title role in “Wonderboy” with The Joe Goode Dance Company. He adapted his “Petrushka” to concert hall staging with full orchestra for the Fort Worth & Phoenix Symphony. This staging of “Petrushka” also made a spotlight appearance at City Center’s “Fall for Dance”

Twist created the unforgettable siblings in Paula Vogel’s play “The Long Christmas Ride Home” at Trinity Repertory, The Long Wharf and The Vineyard Theatre (including directing and designing the West Coast Premiere at The Magic Theatre), the play within the play for Oskar Eustis’ “Hamlet” at Shakespeare in the Park and Des Macunuff’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” at the La Jolla Playhouse.

Broadway credits include puppetry design for “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”, “Oh, Hello!”, “The Addams Family”, and puppetry direction for the beloved “Pee-Wee Herman Show”.

Teaching at leading Universities such as Princeton, Stanford, Duke, New York University Rhode Island School of Design and Brown has been a source of pride. Twist was as a guest lecturer for the U.S. State Dept traveling throughout Russia. His work has received an Obie, Drama Desk Awards, UNIMA Awards, Bessie Awards, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and a Henry Hewes Award. He has been honored with a MacArthur, the “Rome Prize” from The American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, USA Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and his productions have received numerous grants from the Jim Henson Foundation.

Twist guides the internationally recognized Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in NYC.

Image of Company Dancer Rachael Parini
Tulsa World says

“‘Dorothy and the Prince of Oz’ more than delivers on the magic.”

Meet the Characters

Dorothy from Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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 from Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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 from Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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 from Dorothy and the Prince 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 from Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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 from Dorothy and the Prince of Oz

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

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

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

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.

Ohio Theatre

Get Directions

Behind the Scenes

Learn more about the puppetry in Dorothy and the Prince of Oz.

FAQ

Where do I park?

There are parking garages near the Ohio and the Capitol theatres, as well as limited metered street parking (most of which is free after 6 pm and on Sundays).

Ohio Statehouse Parking Garage
$5 during events
Enter from westbound Broad Street or Third Street.

Riffe Center Parking Garage
$5 during events
Enter from Front Street. Take the elevators to the third floor and proceed along the hall to the Davidson Theatre. (For the Box Office or Will Call, descend the escalators to the first floor.)

Downtown traffic can be heavy, so please plan ahead. We recommend arriving 20-30 minutes early to park, find your seat, explore the program and relax before the performance. Audience members who arrive late may not be seated until intermission.

What do I wear?

This is our most-asked question, and the answer is: You probably won’t feel out of place no matter what you wear. If you want to wear jeans, go for it—we promise you won’t be alone. If you want to dress up, feel free. Many others do, too. We don’t see as much formal-wear in the theater as we once did, though it wouldn’t be unusual to see a tux or a gown at a performance. Basically, anything goes.

Do the dancers talk?

No, dancers express the story or meaning through the movement. In some story ballets, dancers will use pantomime (exaggerated movements) to help you understand what’s happening. If you see a ballet with pantomime, head to the lobby, where we’ll have more information and guidance. If you ever struggle to follow along, feel free to chat with a BalletMet staff member in the lobby who will happily answer any questions you have.

When do I clap?

If you are wowed by something you just saw, please do applaud. At BalletMet, we love to hear clapping. It’s uplifting to those performing, as they can often feel your excitement and energy on stage. So applaud whenever you see fit! Note: Not every ballet company feels this way, so keep that in mind if you happen to be at another company’s performance.

Images by Jennifer Zmuda

Dancers Pictured: Caitlin Valentine-Ellis, Carly Wheaton, Miguel Anaya, David Ward, Grace-Anne Powers, Artists of Tulsa Ballet