Studio East's The Wizard of Oz is a Delight


On Friday night, our family attended a wonderful performance of The Wizard of Oz and we left the show with smiles on our faces and songs in our hearts. Something else happened that night: we became huge fans of Studio East!  The show, performed by the young artists of Studio East, was so enchanting that we were amazed by the talent we have here in our city. 

Admittedly, we have been laggards as many of our friends are longtime Studio East supporters. The truth is, we just never found the time to attend one of their shows before. Now that we have, we are big fans and we look forward to attending more Studio East shows at the Kirkland Performance Center. 

At the show we mingled with over two dozen of our friends who, like us, came to see some local celebrities performing on stage. City Hall was well represented in the cast of Oz. We especially enjoyed the performances by City Manager Kurt Triplett as a member of the Lollipop Guild and none other than Mayor Amy Walen as the Mayor of Munchkin Land!

The music, lyrics, costumes and characters from this American Classic were artfully brought to life by the Studio East crew before a grateful audience of old and new fans on Friday. The hours of hard work and practice paid off in spades in a show with both heart and humor.

In a way, this show reminded us of one of the lessons learned by the character Dorothy. We were reminded that we have spectacular entertainment options right here in our own backyard and that we need not go all the way to Seattle for a great show. We feel like we have been late to the Studio East party, but are happy to say that we too have followed the yellow brick road and found our friends right where they've always been, here at home. 

Tin Man: What have you learned, Dorothy?

Dorothy: Well, I—I think that it—that it wasn't enough just to want to see Uncle Henry and Auntie Em. And that, it's that—if I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own backyard, because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with. Is that right?

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