The Wizard of Oz

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater
July 12th - August 17th, 2003

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.

This was right after my first entrace as the Lion. I'm singing "If I Only Had the Nerve" here.

Hey! Someone's "lion" down on the job! Actually, this is right after I've fainted in front of the Wizard. It was always an audience favorite.

You know, I think I saw this on an episode of "CSI: Emerald City" once.