Oz goes ‘Rainbow’ at Camden Opera House
“Rainbow Connection,” a family-length version of “The Wizard of Oz,” will be performed Sunday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. Danced by students of P2P Dance Center and members of its performing troupe, Atlantic Ballet Company, this original jazz/ballet is arranged by directors Michele and Heather Cox.
In "Welcome to Emerald City," an energetic dance from this production, 14 dancers are costumed in glittery emerald green and gold, complete with bobbed green wigs.This piece recently premiered at the “Dancing with the Local Stars” event at the Camden Opera House and was acclaimed by audience members as a highlight of the evening's festivities.
“Rainbow Connection” opens with the picturesque landscape of Aunt Em and uncle Henry's Kansas farm, where Dorothy is entertained by a row of waddling ducklings following their mamma duck and the mischievous Tutu, P2PDance's version of Toto in a tutu, disrupts a flock of frolicking sheep.
A whirling tornado approaches the farm and when the farm house is hurled into the air, Dorothy falls, hitting her head and lapsing into a deep sleep. When the farmhouse finally lands, she finds herself in the land of the little people, called Munchkins. Because the house happened to fall on the Wicked Witch of the East, all of Munchkinland celebrate their freedom. The Witch's ruby red shoes are presented to Dorothy as a gift from the Munchkins.
Guided by Good Witch Glinda of the North, Dorothy is directed to Emerald City to meet the great and powerful Oz to find her way back to Kansas. On her travels, she meets a wobbly scarecrow, a rusty tin man and a cowardly lion. Along with Tutu, they dance on down the yellow brick road to Oz. Discovered by the Wicked Witch of the West in her crystal ball, this mismatched crew are hunted and captured by the Witch's Winged monkeys and flown to the the Witch's castle. Dorothy laments that she will never see Aunt Em again.
Dorothy defends herself against the Witch and her soldiers by throwing a bucket of water at the Witch and, much to her surprise, this melts the Wicked Witch of the West. The friends celebrate and find their way back to Oz, where the scarecrow receives a brain, the tin man a heart and the lion is awarded courage.
A mythical unicorn offers to fly Dorothy and Tutu home, but as Tutu jumps out of the sleigh in pursuit of another furry creature, the unicorn disappears in flight. Witch Glinda reappears to teach Dorothy the magic of the ruby red shoes and upon clicking her heels three times Dorothy is transported back home to Kansas.
Tickets are $14, $12 for senior citizens and children younger than 13. Tickets are available at HAV II, Camden; Opera House Video, Belfast; and Reading Corner, Rockland. They will be sold at the door, as long as they last.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.