MCB | Wizard of Oz

Melbourne City Ballet interprets Classic Wizard of Oz

Visits Tasmania for the first time

Dancers Emma Cheeseman & Kealy Fouracre. Photo National Photography

Next in its busy 2017 season, the Melbourne City Ballet will recreate the cherished story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for audiences in Melbourne and Tasmania. The dancers will click their heels together and get a little bit wicked as they follow the classic tale of Dorothy Gale, a young country girl who is swept away to the magical world of Oz.

Full of enchanting characters, some friendly and some truly wicked! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will be imaginatively brought to life in this brand new ballet for Melbourne City Ballet. With stunning new sets and costumes and the company’s largest ensemble to date, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is Melbourne City Ballet’s most extravagant production for 2017.

“I envisioned the ballet to be stylistically exaggerated with dynamic choreography and vibrant sets and costumes” says Artistic Director, Michael Pappalardo. “Melbourne City Ballet has seen so much growth in the past 12 months and with this growth the demands on what the Company delivers has grown, I felt the timing was right to take on this big, bold ballet so that audiences walk away thinking Wow!” he continues.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will open in Melbourne on 6 October for limited performances at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre and Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre and then, thanks to the generous support of Spirit of Tasmania, the Company will cross Bass Straight for the first time to captivate audiences in Tasmania.

Emma Cheeseman as the Wicked Witch. Photo National Photography

Melbourne City Ballet’s brand new ballet proves there is no place like home and will be and enchanting event for the whole family!


THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ | Melbourne City Ballet

6 October – 23 November
Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, Preston VIC
6th October, 7.30pm
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston VIC
13 & 14 October, 7.30pm 15 October, 1.30pm
Burnie Arts & Function Centre, TAS
Friday 17th November 2017, 7.30pm
Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston TAS
Saturday 18th November 2017, 7.30pm
The Gaiety Theatre, Zeehan TAS
Sunday 19th November 2017, 3pm
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, VIC
Thursday 23rd November 2017, 7.30pm