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The Wizard of Oz on Stage
Many will be familiar with the story of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, who meets the Lion, the Tinman, and the Scarecrow while searching for the Great Wizard of Oz. Their adventures lead them to Munchkinland, the Witches of the East and West, then back to Kansas when Dorothy finally gets to go home.
This month, the yellow brick road leads to Shunyi as not one, but two companies bring you their productions of L. Frank Baum’s beloved childhood tale.
From December 6-9, Beijing Playhouse is mounting a “munchkinized” British-style pantomime version of The Wizard of Oz with audience interaction, double entendres, cross dressing, and more (check out our new December issue for an article about Beijing Playhouse).
Weekday evening shows take place at 7.30pm while Saturday and Sunday matinees happen at 2pm at the British School of Beijing. The play is performed in English with Chinese subtitles. Advance tickets cost RMB 260 for adults and RMB 130 for kids (RMB 300 for adults and RMB 150 for kids at the door). For reservations, email Beijing Playhouse’s box office at email@example.com. Be warned: Beijing Playhouse productions are always popular and the company has had to turn away at the door in the past.
On December 7 and 8, On Pointe Dance Studio performs its own take on The Wizard of Oz. Students from the school’s ballet, jazz and tap classes (ages 4-16) will showcase their skills in this year’s winter production. Performed at the ISB Theatre on Saturday, December 7 at 5.30pm and Sunday, December 8 at 2pm. Tickets are RMB 50/adult and RMB 30/child (under 14). Reservations can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roundabout Needs Your Help
Roundabout is raising funds for children in need of urgent medical assistance. The organization just started a “1 in a million” fundraising campaign. The idea is to get one million people to contribute RMB 1 (or more) towards the medical expenses of several Chinese children that Roundabout is helping.
Fundraising packs containing posters, flyers and stickers are available for pick-up for those who would like to help. The information packets are available in Chinese, English, or a mix of both. Click here to see pickup points.Although the packets were initially designed for kids, anyone can pick up a bag and ask their friends and family to help by donating a minimum of RMB 1 in return for a sticker that says “1 in a million.”
Kids can engage ayis as well by explaining to the ayis what they are doing and giving them a few leaflets and stickers so they can go and collect from a friend or two. Ayis and other local Chinese neighbors joining in will help Roundabout spread the concept of charity. In Roundabout’s experience, many Chinese people give very generously, but to some, this is all very new. More adventurous kids can use the posters to do fundraising – Roundabout suggests holding a bring and buy sale, or a bake sale. Money collected can then be brought to one of their drop-off points.
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Photo courtesy of Beijing Playhouse
Dana is the beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent. Originally from the Philippines, she moved to Beijing in 2011 (via Europe) with her husband, two sons and Rusty the dog. She enjoys writing, photography, theater, visual arts, and trying new food. In her free time, she can be found exploring the city and driving along the mountain roads of Huairou, Miyun and Pinggu.