Johane Casabene and the JCDC Teaching Faculty have revisited the well-loved classic, Wizard of Oz, and created a whirlwind production based on the original story of Dorothy, the farm girl from Kansas. This colourful dance spectacle has been produced with the whole family in mind.

Johane explains, “I selected this particular story for its incredible contrasts – from the bleak, windy plains of Kansas to the bright and cheerful Munchkinland and on to the glitzy glam of Emerald City. Interpreting such contrasts through dance gives us many opportunities to present the various genres we teach at JCDC, namely Classical Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Spanish.”

Photo credit: George Abdilla

The leading role of Dorothy will be performed by Daphne Farrugia, supported by Marco Calleja, Jason Scerri and Warren Bonello, who are initially The Farm Workers and then become The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion. Justin Micallef plays the roles of both Professor Marvel, The Fortune Teller, as well as The Wizard of Oz.

In an almighty battle between good and evil, Federica Nicastro’s role is that of The Wicked Witch of the West, while Bianca Anastasi is The Good Witch of the North. Rachel Vella is Aunt Em back on the farm in Kansas. The JCDC dance students hold various roles throughout the production. And then there’s JCDC’s adorable mascot Teddy, the lovely Yorkshire terrier in the role of Toto.

This event, which will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) on Monday, 9th July at 8pm, is suitable for all the family (minimum age – 4 years). Tickets can be bought online or at the MCC Booking Office (open on Saturday 7th July from 10am until 1pm and on Monday, 9th July from 10am until 1pm and from 5pm until 7pm).