A wonderful show was presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse as they finished up their last weekend of "The Wizard of Oz". The music was great, the dancing lively, and the actors played their parts so well that I felt as I was really in the land of Oz. What more could you ask for? How about a cute little doggie? Reese who played Toto is a 5-year-old Shi Tzu/Yorkshire Terrier mix and when the wicked witch (Lauren Leland) tries to steal Toto, I wanted to jump in a protect him myself.
The musical was presented on the round stage in the center of the playhouse. I had never seen a show presented on a round stage and was wondering how they would do it. They did it wonderfully with the yellow brick road circling round and round the stage, I had the feeling of actually being on the yellow brick road. it would be hard to pick a favorite character as they all were good. But, if pressed I would have to choose the Cowardly Lion played by Paul Kerr.
Pssst - a little secret. Our waitress Jillian Prefach played the part of Glenda the Good Witch of the North, and was remarkable the way she was able to switch right into character. Plus she was a very good waitress.
The evening started with a nice buffet, and they even had a special dessert named Yellow Brick Road. Some of the show drink specials were The Emerald City, The Ruby Slipper, and Frozen Flying Monkey.
This was a fun evening and I am giving them a five star rating for "The Wizard of Oz" presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse. We took our 8 year old granddaughter and she loved it. The Derby Dinner Playhouse is located at 525 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, Indiana, about an hour and a half to two hour drive from downtown Indianapolis. The website is www.derbydinner.com.
If you missed this delightful musical, the next musical "Southern Crossroads" is playing from August 20 thru September 29. 2013.