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December 1, 2022

The Wiz Jr. at Cincinnati Children's Theatre is at The Taft through the 11th.

Ease on Down the Road to ‘The Wiz Jr.’

Our Mom Reporter's daughter says the cowardly lion is a diva! Read the review.

THE WIZ JR. presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is a fantastical adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The show is at the Taft through Sunday, April 10.

Our Mom Reporter Loved It

The Wiz, Jr. has a fantastic mix of the key parts of the Wizard of Oz and current pop culture. Taking place in Louisiana, Dorothy is prepping for a hurricane when she is swept away. Director Zhailon Levingston says that instead of a tornado, we have a “hurricane washed in the magic of black culture.” The show is definitely magical as Dorothy makes her way through the Land of Oz. The singing, dancing and fun colors will capture your child’s attention.

I enjoyed the humor sprinkled throughout the script that had the adults laughing! The actors did a fantastic job portraying their characters. My favorite was the scarecrow; even when he stood he looked like a scarecrow. My daughter said, “My favorite part of the show was meeting the Lion. He was a DIVA!” She loved the Lion’s costume of fun colored hair with an emerald crown. 

THE WIZ JR. continues this weekend with four more opportunities to see the show. The remaining showtimes for THE WIZ JR. include:

Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

Is the show a good fit for kids with sensory issues? The Children’s Theatre offers a “Sensory Friendly” Character Guide so parents can assess that for themselves. Find the guide here.

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About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!