Friday July 26, 2013 / 4:00pmThe Wizard of Oz
Youth (Ages 17 and Under)
How was your experience?
Wow. What a little gem in Jefferson Park. I only heard about this play through Goldstar. It caught my eye because my 5 year old godson loves the "Wizard of Oz." So, I brought him to this production. I was so impressed with what these 8-12 year olds were able to perform. There were 6 children who put on a full play of "The Wizard of Oz." They sang, they acted, they danced, played many parts, they moved the pieces on the set. In their four weeks of camp, they learned all aspects of putting on a play. There was even a musical director who played live music on an electric piano to the songs that the children sang. The children did a wonderful job- what a delight to watch. Most importantly, my godson loved it. He thought that he might be scared; so, the founder, Jerry, was very nice and accommodated us to sit further back than our purchased first row tickets. But my godson wasn't scared of the wicked witch, so, he wanted to sit in the front for the second act- which we did. During intermission, Jerry came up to us to see how we were liking it. I loved that he took the time to talk with my little guy- who was thrilled about it. You can tell that Jerry and the other adult staff really love what they are doing, are good at it, and care about the kids. Jerry let us know that he is doing a Saturday workshop in the fall for 4-5 year olds. My godson might join that, and, even if he doesn't, I would definitely take him back to watch other plays. So, if you get a chance to go see a play at the Youth Company Chicago Theater, I would say- do it. The play was an hour and a half long that included a 15 minute intermission- a nice length for kids. There was even the assistant director in the back doing lights. The theater is housed in an intimate setting- 2 storefronts with the first storefront being the entrance and "box office" while the second store front houses the actual stage. If the children or parents of the children who performed read this, thank you. You did a wonderful job!