Princeton Crimson Tine Players welcome you to Munchkin Land. Photo Andrea DeMeer

Princeton Crimson Tine Players welcome you to Munchkin Land. Photo Andrea DeMeer

Local theatre group brings Oz to Princeton

Andrea DeMeer

One of cinema’s most beloved stories is coming to the stage at Riverside Theatre, courtesy of Crimson Tine Players.

The local theatre troupe is presenting the Wizard of Oz.

“It’s always been a favorite of mine,” said director Heather Anderson.

For Anderson, the production has been rewarding and challenging. She’s taken some risks, and backed away from others.

“Yeah, the monkeys don’t fly,” she laughed.

(The monkeys are actually called Winkies, a shortened name for Winged Monkeys.)

One of her most strategic moves was to cast two young actors to play the part of Dorothy.

Isabelle Wouda and Olivia Holloway share the part.

Anderson said given the importance of the role it made sense to cast one girl in the early scenes, and a second Dorothy for the later ones.

“Without a Dorothy there is no show,” she said. “They both know the whole play.”

Another creative choice was the casting of Toto, Dorothy’s dog.

Six-year-old Molly Coyne talked her way into the part.

“I wasn’t too sure what we were going to do for Toto and she walked in and said ‘I want to play Toto.’”

Coyne then gave a convincing puppy audition and sealed the deal. “She’s adorable,” said Anderson.

There were few problems casting the musically demanding production.

“I never seem to have an issue finding people who sing.”

More challenging was that 22 of the 26 actors have costume changes and there are at least 19 different scene sets.

Anderson said it was important to her to present the fantasy in a way that would evoke people’s memories of the iconic film, which premiered 80 years ago.

The early scenes are presented in sepia tones.

“Everyone is in brown. There is no color and then we get to Oz and it’s just wham, it’s an explosion of color.”

It’s Crimson Tine’s first production following the group’s separation from The Princeton Art’s Council.

“We’ve gotten great support from the town,” said Anderson.

Wizard of Oz plays December 13, 14, 20 and 21, at 7 p.m. each night.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students and $40 for a family of five.

There is a 2 p.m. matinee December 21, at 2 p.m. and tickets are $5.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Vaccine rollout is focused on health care workers first, especially those dealing with long-term care facilities. (Nathan Denette - Canadian Press)
General public shouldn’t expect vaccines until fall: Interior Health

Interior Health focused on vaccinating long-term and first-line care workers

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has given first reading to its 2021 budget. (RDOS image)
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen budget to rise by 2.8 per cent

Impact of budget increase will not be the same in all communities or electoral areas

Hedley residents are advised to not drink the water until a pump in one of its wells is fixed. Photo Andrea DeMeer
Hedley residents under do-not-consume-water order due to arsenic levels

Residents in Hedley remain under a do-not-consume-water order, due to higher than… Continue reading

Copper Mountain Mine is Princeton’s largest employer, with approximately 460 workers. Spotlight file photo.
Copper Mountain Mine worker tests positive for COVID

Princeton’s largest employer stresses its commitment to safe practices

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Kevin Lee Barrett is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. (Facebook)
Court hears of victim’s injuries in West Kelowna attempted murder trial

Two-week-long trial continues for Kevin Barrett, accused of trying to kill mother in West Kelowna

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

A mother hold hands with her daughter while sharing about her struggles with addiction during Overdose Awareness Day. (Jesse Major/Black Press file)
Overdose and suicide support group starts in Penticton

Penticton was one of the province’s communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis in 2020

Jan. 21 marks the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century, according to some. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century is upon us

Milestone won’t be back for another 100 years

McBain Insurance in Summerland gave a donation of $816 to Angus Place. The money will go towards a new floor in the bathing room in the seniors care facility. From left are Chris Emmons of McBain Insurance, Stacey Schieman of McBain Insurance and Charmaine Kramer of Parkdale Place Housing Society. (Contributed)
Donation to help with bathing room work at Summerland seniors facility

Earlier contribution will be used to replace aging tub at Angus Place

The steel mills in the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dyer: Stay the course on Carbon pricing

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Most Read