AUDIENCES in Shanghai, China were delightfully entertained when Leumeah’s The Wizard of Oz show took part in a week of performances for the This Is Australia Festival.
Director Brian Laul. from The Wizard of Oz Funland said Chinese audiences got into the spirit of things despite the obvious language barrier.
“Because this is a highly interactive version of the (Wizard of Oz) story with lots of comedy and music that today’s kids can identify with, it’s lots of fun for everyone,” Mr Laul said.
Mr Laul said it was an honour for the show to be selected to represent the nation at the showcase of Australian products, food, wine and entertainment in Shanghai’s Di Shui Hu Recreational Park. The show was so well received that it has been invited back to China next year.
“They’ve even challenged Shakey the Scarecrow to do the Hokey Pokey in Mandarin, so that’s going to be fun,” the show’s program co-ordinator Christerine Laul said. The show has completed more than4,000 performances around the world.
Lots of dress ups at Gosford RSL today!
NSW Jan 14 – Gosford
Children had lots of fun at Soldiers Point Bowling Club with the workshop & show.
NSW Jan 14 – Soldiers Point
At Port Macquarie Panthers this morning. Another well attended workshop & show.
NSW Jan 14 – Port Macquarie
What a day! 3 sold out shows at the Jetty Theatre, Coffs Harbour and an enthusiastic response to our pre-show workshop.
NSW Jan 14 – Coffs Harbour Jetty Theatre
Lovely to be back at Nambucca Heads RSL. A special thanks to Peter Brewis & Wendy Mills for all the enthusiasm and warmth.
NSW Jan 14 – Nambucca Heads
The pre-show workshop at Lismore Workers held under our Rainbow Crossing initiative was exciting as 40 children were transformed into Munchkins on stage. Cr Jenny Dowell, Mayor of Lismore, assisted in bringing this experience to town. She was present to encourage the children and receive toys for the local hospital. A special thanks to Ted Hoddinott from the club.
Lots of dress ups at Ballina RSL today. Congrats Maddie Schultz, winner of the colouring competition!
NSW Jan 14 – Ballina
The Oz Gang & Ollie the Optometrist with Venky who co-ordinated the filming so skillfully, Christerine who colourfully costumed the cast & helped train the little ‘uns and event manager Mohan Daniel without whom the tour would never have been so successful!
Brian Laul, director of The Wizard of Oz Show & creator of Ollie the Optometrist, speaking at Velammal Knowledge Park’s production of The Lion King where the team was honoured with momentoes. It was a truly inspired effort, very impressive for a school production. Kudos to all involved on stage and behind the scenes.
Ollie spent these days taking his message to the Chennai streets and filming the music video for his theme song with the Oz Gang.