There went the early half of my Saturday, October 13th. Yup! What you see up there are tickets to the latest musical from Repertory Philippines -- The Wizard of Oz.
I'm a freelance tutor and my students had a scheduled tour to watch "The Wizard of Oz" at the Onstage Theater at Greenbelt Mall, Makati City. My students' mom had previously requested me to accompany her kids to the musical in case they would have questions about it.
It turned out to be a lot of fun to watch. I love how the stage suddenly came alive when the musical started. The lighting, the sound, the costumes were all fabulous. You gotta enjoy watching theater shows as we've really got a lot of talented Filipino actors on stage.
The story is a classic one. Dorothy from Kansas flown to the Land of Oz where she finds friends and adventure, courage to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and each of the main characters -- Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, the Lion -- find what they seek at the beginning of their journey. It's a good way to teach children good values, but they do need to understand the story. Watching the musical is best supplemented with other activities back in school like reading more about the story, learning more about Kansas and the magical land of Oz, poster making activities, role playing and kids' musical theater, discussions and many more.
At times such as this, I sometimes miss teaching in a class full of interested children. Plus, I do remember when my daughter was younger and we'd enjoy watching plays and even ballet shows.
According to the Repertory Philippines website, The Wizard of Oz is slated to run until December 2012. There's still plenty of time to catch the show, if you haven't seen it. Visit Repertory Philippines for more details.