October 24, 2012

Repertory Philippines' The Wizard of Oz

Last Monday during Joaqui's school field trip, we had a chance to watch Repertory Philippines' stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt. It was not our little boy's first time to watch a stage play and he was excited to watch and see the actors in their costumes.

The Wizard of Oz is Repertory Philippines Children's Theater's 20th Anniversary offering and true to its mission to captivate the young audiences, we were transported to the wonderful land of Oz. The set with its visual effects and the actors in their colorful and intricate costumes evoked a storybook atmosphere.  The lyrics and melody of the songs were simple, light and bouncy. Many children nowadays are not quite familiar with the story of The Wizard of Oz and Repertory Philippines' adaptation of the story was straightforward and adhered to the original spirit of the book. The actors were brilliant, especially those who played Dorothy and The Wicked Witch of the West. Surprisingly, the wicked witch was Joaqui's favorite. I also liked the fact that it included a game of charades where the audience have to guess the lead characters of the musical being acted out by the Winged Monkeys.

We were not able to take pictures inside the theater as cameras are not allowed. Overall it was a pleasant theater experience for adults and kids alike. Now I am looking forward to Repertory Philippines' next musical which is Disney's Camp Rock The Musical set on November 16 to December 16.

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