Friday, April 5, 2013

We're Off to Kill the Wizard

Tonight we performed my totally re-written script of We're Off to Kill the Wizard for the first time.

The show stars Maria Romine as Dorothy.

Larry the Cable Guy as the Scarecrow

Justin Bieber as the Tin Man

And Samuel L. Jackson as the Cowardly Lion

Our performance was at Holy-Field Winery in Basehor, Kansas.

The first version of this show featured Jack Nicholson as the Scarecrow, Al Gore as the Tin Man and Steve the Crocodile Hunter as the Cowardly Lion.  The first time we performed that version at Holy-Field was in June of 2005 (before Justin Bieber was even born - almost!)

On that fateful night, in the middle of Act Two, owner Michelle Meyer began flashing the lights on and off.  We stopped the show and she made this announcement, "The tornado sirens are going off.  We're all going to have to go into the wine cellar to finish the performance - follow me!"  So 90 people got up from their seats and we all marched outside, around the winery building and toward the cellar door around back, where we descended and finished Act Two amid the tanks of wine.

On the way down the stairs, my actress at the time, Linda Spahl, turned to me and said,

"I can see the headline now, ACTRESS IN DOROTHY COSTUME KILLED BY TORNADO IN KANSAS!"

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