Find Your Courage At The Wizard of Oz (Carpenter Performing Arts Center)

What are your memories of watching the Wizard of Oz? As a kid, without home video, there were eight or nine special events on television every year that it seemed everyone in my school watched. The Wizard of Oz was definitely a special event. All of us in my family would watch the entire movie on television and stay up through the end. There were certain moments in the movie that I was particularly fond of. We always watched it on the big 19 inch RCA color television console in the living room. I think because my parents understood the advantage of watching the movie in color. I remember staying up to the end watching the Wizard leave in his hot air balloon, then the arrival of Glinda explaining that Dorothy had the power all along, and Dorothy waking up back in Kansas, I knew the story so very well. I also knew that the monkeys really scared me and possibly;y gave me a nightmare.

But as an adult I am super excited to know that I can watch a love play of it from Musical Theater West!

Explore the true meaning of home with Musical Theatre West’s 2023 summer production. Based on the iconic 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see show for Southern California families. Classic songs such as “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard” fill this outstanding score from the MGM film and will delight audiences of all ages. Ticket holders can expect to be spell-bounded by special effects, an adorable dog playing Toto, a youth ensemble, a live orchestra, choreography from accomplished choreographer Jimmy Locust, and much more. Experience the Broadway-caliber performance during one of the thirteen magic-filled performances throughout July, including a special ASL-interpreted performance on July 14. For more information, a full line-up of performances, and additional details can be found at

Dates The Wizard Of Oz Is Performing

  • July 8, Saturday: 8:00 pm
  • July 9, Sunday: 1:00 pm
  • July 13, Thursday: 7:30 pm
  • July 14, Friday: 8:00 pm (ASL Night)
  • July 15, Saturday: 2:00 pm / 8:00 pm
  • July 16, Sunday: 1:00 pm / 6:00 pm
  • July 21, Friday: 8:00 pm
  • July 22, Saturday: 2:00 pm / 8:00 pm
  • July 23, Sunday: 1:00 pm


  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach

6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815


  • Tickets are available now, $20 – $135
  • Purchase online at or call 562-856-1999
  • $15 student rush tickets available at the door 1 hour prior to showtime, with ID

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