An adaptation of The Wizard of Oz - December 08 - December 09, 2017

Gateway Performing Arts Studio


ACT 1  
Over the Rainbow  
Tornado Dancers
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead  
Munchkins, Glinda
Follow the Yellow Brick road  
Munchkins, Glinda
Were off to See the Wizard  
Munchkins, Glinda, Dorothy
If I Only Had a Brain  
Were off to see the Wizard  
Dorothy, Scarecrow
If I Only had a Heart  
Were off to see the Wizard  
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman
If I only had the Nerve  
Cowardly Lion
Were off to see the Wizard  
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion
Act 2  
Poppy Dancers/ Snowflake Dancers/Wicked Witch
Emerald City  
Doorman, Wizard of Oz
Ding Dong- Reprise  
Wicked Witch, Winkies, Flying Monkeys, Full Cast
Full Cast
Full Cast

  I have been volunteering at Gigi’s since 2012 in a variety of roles. Being approached about directing the first Portal Theater production with Gateway Performing Arts Studio's being partnered with Gigi's was such an honor. Gigi's is a place I have formed so many wonderful relationships with amazing individuals with Down Syndrome who have changed my outlook on life to be so much more positive. Wizard of Oz is a special show to kick off this program with because it tells the story of four hopeful youths in search of something to fulfill their biggest dreams and desires. With the help of each other and a very insightful young witch, they learn the importance of being true to themselves and the power of friendship. Unlike the typical story of Wizard of Oz, I chose to approach the show as a more play-pretend picture; All children have dreams of some fantastical place they can go to utilize their greatest strengths and gain power from new perspectives, and I wanted to capture the dreams of all little ones who would love to fly over the rainbow by bringing Dorothy’s dream to life through a few simple illustrations and a whole lot of imagination. Gigi’s is a place where individuals with Down Syndrome are able to fly over their rainbow and be treated like any kid with dreams and I am so proud to be a part of the organization as well as each of these actors and actresses as they’ve come so far from the first rehearsal and now light up the stage before your very eyes who’ve taught me that there really is no place like home.


--Olivia Draeger

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