Like Tom Jones, Moll Flanders and Don Quixote, The Wizard of Oz is a classic picaresque narrative, in which a simple journey (in this case, walking to the Emerald City) serves as a pretext for meeting a wacky cast of characters, having zany adventures and learning some unexpected life lessons. So the Olde Worlde Theatre Company's improvisational approach to live performance should be a perfect fit for the material. The troupe aims to entertain both adults and children with shows that often lack formal scripts, and an interactive format that draws the kids into the action. Their version of L. Frank Baum's story will feature pantomime, dance, comedy, music, special effects and film.
Sat., Jan. 17, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 24, 10 a.m.; Sat., Jan. 31, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., 2009