The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild opens its production of “The Lost Princess of Oz” today at the Center for the Arts.
The children’s theater company’s fall musical runs through Nov. 17.
“The Lost Princess of Oz” script was creatively adapted and written for the stage by Mila Johansen, a direct descendant of the famous “Grimm Brothers,” according to PAG.
As a child, Johansen said she read and loved all 14 Oz books and attributes this to stimulating her imagination as a writer, along with a desire to place these many memorable characters on the live stage.
“The Lost Princess of Oz” is based on L Frank Baum’s second book, “The Marvelous Land of Oz.”
In this sequel to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the saga continues as the adventures of a young boy named Tip are followed as he escapes the grasp of an old sorceress named Mombi and travels to the Emerald City to start a new life.
In the process, he creates a new companion, Jack Pumpkinhead, who is brought to life using a magical powder that Mombi obtains from a reclusive magician. Tip gets mixed up in a rebellion led by a young woman, General Jinjur and her all-woman army, who overthrow the Scarecrow as the ruler of Oz.
Beloved “Wizard of Oz” characters the Tinman, Scarecrow and Lion join Tip as they seek to regain control of the Emerald City, but they are not successful and must flee for their lives.
Eventually they make their way to enlist the support of Glinda the Good. Glinda succeeds in capturing Mombi and erasing her magical powers.
However, in quashing the rebellion, she restores the throne not to the Scarecrow but to the rightful heir, a young girl named Ozma. The mystery of the lost princess is finally solved.
“The Lost Princess of Oz” is directed by Paulette Rudolph, with artistic direction and choreography by Johansen and costumes by Jeannine Watson. It features an original musical score written by Daryl Stines.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There are special school performances for all area schools or small groups by reservation only for 9:30 a.m. Friday, Wednesday and Nov. 15. Tickets for school showings are $5 with advance reservation. Call 277-7100 for reservations.
Tickets for all other shows are $10 in advance for adults or $12 at the door, children 12 and under are $4 in advance or $6 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at The Book Seller, BriarPatch Co-op and the Center for the Arts Box Office in Grass Valley in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14 or online at www.thecenterforthearts.org. For more information, contact Rudolph at 277-7100.