by Abby Elbannan, WTOP10-TV
OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Wizard of Oz is a classic production known across generations. Many know the story of the little girl from Kansas and the yellow brick road. What if all that is changed? What if instead of the yellow brick road there are train tracks, and instead of the traditional costumes it’s steampunk and edgy teenagers?
That’s exactly what to expect in Oswego State Theatre Department’s production this season. A twist where teenagers just like Dorothy set out on an adventure to rediscover themselves.
Despite the thematic differences, it will still include the same main idea and plot, including the same songs many know and love from the original.
The theme of hobos and train hopping is incorporated into the production. The train hopping is based on personal experiences had by the director. Her son was injured a few years ago while jumping off of a train. This theme of trying to find where you belong is reflected in both train hopping and Dorothy’s desires. They are trying to find where they belong in life or in other words their very own “magical yellow brick road”.
The show is celebrating the kick-off of the newly renovated Tyler Hall and Waterman Theatre. There is still one weekend left for audiences to follow the journey to Oz and witness the magic redefined.