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“The Wizard of Oz” stops at California Theatre

(SAN BERNARDINO – California Theatre) It’s clear there’s no place like San Bernardino which is why the touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” made its way to the California Theatre Nov. 22 and 23.

By MaryRone Shell(Writer/Producer/Editor/Photographer) & Erick Ledezma (Videographer)

Audiences, both young and young at heart, enjoyed this magical; it was a once in a lifetime performance for most.

The show was complete with flying witches and monkeys, munchkins, and a real-life Toto, too.

Many of the special effects used throughout the production had the audience unequivocally spellbound.

But for some, the magic of “The Wizard of Oz” lies within the underlying messages that they took away from the story.

“‘The Wizard of Oz’ showed me that no matter how bad it is now, if you went over the rainbow, it could be a lot better…or a lot worse,” said Darell Chrisner. “Usually, it turns out to be a lot better because you realize you’re a lot happier with what you  have instead of what you don’t have.”

“I think the Scarecrow is my favorite character,” said Lisa Owen-Lynch, whose daughter played a munchkin in this production. “I think it’s got some great messages because it shows that you need to believe in yourself and do your best where you’re at, while you can.”

Whether audiences were fans of Dorothy, the Tinman, the Scarecrow or the Lion, what was clear was how happy they were to have this production come so close to home.

The theatre season at the California Theatre is just heating up and there are plenty of more shows for you to catch.

For more ticket information on the various upcoming shows and performances at the California Theatre, you can visit the theater’s website at www.californiatheatre.net or call the theater box office at (909) 885-5152.

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