The Wizard of Oz
Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater
|I was lounging at home one Sunday afternoon in late May of 2003
when I got a call from my friend Cele. She told me that she was
doing a production of "The Wizard of Oz" and their Cowardly Lion
had just dropped out and they needed someone badly. She thought
of me since we'd been in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way
to the Forum" together, and could I come to the first rehearsal that
afternoon? Now, I'd be foolish to pass up the part of The Cowardly
Lion and even though I'd just finished a show and was looking forward
to some R&R, I said I'd come by to see if I suited their purposes.
Well, after I read for the director, he approved me and off I went to Snoqualmie for almost the entire summer of 2003. Now, I'd never done outdoor theater before, but I figured it was worth a shot. So, I braved mosquitos, high heat (for western Washington at least), and a gaggle of children who were playing our Munchkins.
Oh, the glamour! The makeup! The costumes! The porta-potties with the disinfecting hand gel! It was really a trip, but seriously, it was worth the trouble. The Cowardly Lion is a role of a lifetime and I felt very lucky to have had the chance to play him. If I'm really lucky, I'll get the chance to play him again.
I've put up a few screenshots from the archival DVD of the performance, so the picture quality isn't all that great, but you get the general idea of what the show was like.
I have a few posts in my web journal that I've marked as being realted to "The Wizard of Oz" so if you want to read stuff I wrote as it was happening, check this page
This is Zeke. I only got to play Zeke for about ten minutes, but he didn't have much personality, anyway.