The Wizard of Oz 

Four and a half stars
Indianapolis Civic Theatre; directed by Robert J. Sorbera

Sterling, full-dimensional portrayals of all of the beloved characters and equally fine production values make this an engaging, wonder-filled, heartwarming, yet tension-gripping presentation of the timeless story of heart and hearth, wizards and wisdom, fairness and fears. As in the movie, it begins and ends in Kansas and what happens in between provides one of the most seamless transitions of Hunk, Zeke, Hickory, Professor Marvel and Miss Gulch to Scarecrow, Lion, Woodman, The Wizard and Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy, Aunt Em, Glinda, The Munchkins, Flying Monkeys the Witch’s Guards, Ozians and Nikko are distinctive and believable. The bustling production numbers are well-executed to fine choreography by Rory D. Shivers and Michelle Martin and musical direction by Shelby L. Wahl and Brent E. Marty. Toto, personified by a corps of three Yorkshire Terriers, is a show-stopper and sly scene-stealer. Robert Koharchik’s and Ryan Koharchik’s set and lighting design and Jean Engstrom’s costumes, and projections, and the live orchestra inspire. WOW. Through Jan. 4; 317-923-4597,

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