We skipped our way down the yellow brick road last night all the way to The Adelaide Festival Centre to see The Wizard of Oz!
This updated version of the absolute classic stars Anthony Warlow, WICKED’s leading ladies Lucy Durack (Glinda) and Jemma Rix (Wicked Witch of the West) and Samantha Dodemaide as Dorothy.
Jemma Rix as the Wicked Witch of the West was a standout for us, especially my daughter who thought her cackle was hilarious.
We also loved John Xintavelonis as the lion, Alex Rathgeber as the Tin Man and Eli Cooper was very funny as Scarecrow.
Even though all of the performances were great, it was a little dog called Toto who stole the show getting a great reaction every time he made an appearance.
The set is fantastic and the costumes even more so. Glinda’s dress especially. And all of your favourite Wizard of Oz songs are in there. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong, We’re Off To See The Wizard. We were whistling the whole way home!
So is it good for kids?
I took my 5 year old to the 7:30pm session and being a 2.5 hour show including 20 minute interval she was fighting with herself to stay awake in the last 15 minutes, but she got there, and she loved it. I woke up this morning to find her lying in bed reading her program!
There are also a few scary bits. Winnie wasn’t bothered by them, but the visuals and loud noises of the tornado scene, some of the Wicked Witch scenes and at the end with The Wizard of Oz might scare some younger kids. There are some loud bangs, flashing lights and a little bit of scary dialogue. You’ll have to make that decision for yourselves.
But I would say that if your kids are around 8 and over (or younger kids that can sit still for over 2 hours and aren’t easily frightened) they will absolutely LOVE it.
There are also a few matinee options at 1pm, 2pm and an early night show at 6pm on Sunday April 15, which is great for kids who don’t cope with a late bedtime.
You won’t be out of the theatre until around 10pm so keep that in mind.
There were quite a few kids at last nights performance and they all looked pretty happy walking out.
The Wizard of Oz is showing at the Adelaide Festival Centre in a strictly limited season from now until April 29.
Tickets available online at