Me, Dorothy…and This Road to Oz is an unprecedented immersive trip down the yellow brick road with the Kansas City Ballet as the cast and crew prepare for the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz. Audiences will follow composers, choreographers, costume builders, set designers and dancers from first read through the final bow and beyond using multi-platform and multi-media storytelling that will engage and enthrall people of all ages.
Kansas City PBS had unfettered access to show the process of creating a brand new ballet from a timeless classic, as well as to celebrate an iconic Kansas City arts organization commemorating 60 years of excellence. The Wizard of Oz premiered October 12 and closed October 21, 2018 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
See the documentary this Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. or midnight on KCPT. (It will be simulcast at 8 p.m. on KCPT’s Facebook page.) It airs again on KCPT Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1 and 4 p.m. KCPT2 will air it on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 and 11 p.m. or Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. After this weekend, stream it for free at KCPT.org under the menu tab ‘LOCAL SHOWS’.
Watch interviews with the major players involved in creating this new ballet here.
On Saturday, October 6, the Kansas City Ballet Guild presented the Emerald City Ball, a celebration of Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz, at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler and Craig Sole Designs, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Michael Beers Band, and a spectacular runway show featuring the fashions of Oz narrated by costume designer Liz Vandal. Gigi Rose chaired the event. Carol and W. Anthony Feiock, whose involvement with Kansas City Ballet has been long and noteworthy, served as honorary chairman. Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer and Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley presented the 2018 Pirouette Award to Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts.
In just a few short weeks, Kansas City Ballet will perform the World Premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz!
We anticipate 10 sold-out performances, so be sure to share that you’re seeing this fantastical new show with your friends.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The scale of this world premiere is impressive:
The all-new music composed by Matthew Pierce, the same composer for Alice (in wonderland), is 471 pages long and features three percussion players playing 35 different percussion instruments.
This is a unique collaboration with Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. We worked with an internationally-recognized creative team to create a major new work of outstanding quality.
A total of 120 stunning costumes and 112 hats, designed by Liz Vandal, in the production and our costume shop will paint 220 shoes. There are at least 60 costume changes throughout the production.
Upwards of 20 puppets, designed by Nicholas Mahon, including a mechanical Toto, are involved in the production. One of Mr. Mahon’s most recent projects was for the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.
A first for Kansas City Ballet, this show will feature incredible projection technology, designed by Aaron Rhyne, using a combination of three state-of-the-art projectors. This will add an integral design element that helps provide atmosphere and dimensionality, and enhance the experience.
More than 300 light cues, designed by Trad A Burns, will take place using over 1000 channels of lights.
There will be eight flying effects executed by multiple characters.
At least 120 people, not including dancers, were part of this collaboration team including designers and makers.
In Kansas City, 30 company dancers and 15 second company dancers will make up the cast, not counting children.
There are 23 children’s roles and two casts for a total of 46 children performing in The Wizard of Oz, providing a huge asset to the development and growth of the Kansas City Ballet School.
ABOUT THE MUSIC
UPCOMING FREE EVENTS
The Wizard of Oz Photography: Story lines and visual elements from the classic motion picture by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. Dancer Amanda DeVenuta. Photographer Kenny Johnson.