The Patchwork Girl of Oz, a dance/multimedia/narrated family work based on the L. Frank Baum book
2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Louise Reichlin/LA Choreographers & Dancers, takes their acclaimed “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” to No Carolina with a new shorter version of the dance/multimedia/narrated family work based on the L. Frank Baum book and then brings it to Mark Taper Auditorium, LA Central Library, for a free performance. It was originally inspired by an exhibit at Central Library in 2000, which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
For these performances Reichlin is creating a shorter version than the 67′ original work. It was requested by the sponsors of the Tryon Children’s Theater Festival, as they wanted it performed twice for their annual “Super Saturday” at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Adapted from the original children’s classic by L. Frank Baum, creator of “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” has packed houses in 5 states. The magical, modern-day fable brings to life the adventures of Ojo as he goes on a quest to bring his uncle who we see turned into marble, back to life. Along the way he makes new friends, including the marvelously contemporary Patchwork Girl, and learns the importance of working together as part of a community. The multi-ethnic cast performs 10 fantastical dances, woven together with multimedia, music, and narration that help tell the story. Although the original book was written in 1913, its values, emphasizing cooperation, family, friendship, forgiveness, respect for all life and ultimately self-reliance, are still important 100 years later.