Designs wanted for Curve production of Wizard of Oz

Published: 3 April 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Firing imaginations: The Wizard of Oz

Leicester’s Curve is asking children to submit designs to be featured in the set of its Christmas 2020 production, the regional première of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz.

Children have been offering a message of hope by sticking pictures of rainbows on their windows and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #rainbowsofhope. Now youngsters who send their rainbows to [email protected] may see their artwork on stage at Curve.

The theatre is also encouraging people to get creative by drawing their own versions of characters and scenes of The Wizard of Oz which will help inspire the work of designer Colin Richmond’s set.

Speaking about the initiative, Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said, “we imagine our Oz as a world sketched by a child, as seen through Dorothy and Toto’s imaginations.

“We’d love you and your children to read L Frank Baum’s wonderful novel or watch the legendary Judy Garland film and send us your drawings of Oz, rainbows, the Yellow Brick Road, the Wizard, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, poppy fields, the great Gates of Oz and the Wicked Witch of the West, her scary lair and flying monkeys—we’d like to see your versions of these characters and places and how they fire your imagination.”

Foster will direct The Wizard of Oz which will run from 28 November until 16 January 2021.