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‘The Wizard of Oz’ Opens at Nashville Children’s Theatre

This production of “The Wizard of Oz” will feature puppetry from Jesse Mooney Bullock.

Follow Dorothy Gale into the magical land of Oz with her dog Toto where they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and learn the value of having a heart, brains, courage and friendship. Doors to The Wizard of Oz open at 6:30 p.m. on November 17 at the Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT).

“We like to try new things at the Nashville Children’s Theatre,” said NCT’s Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan. “You won’t find the same thing on stage here as you may at other places. We like to uniquely cast our actors in roles you may not traditionally think they would play and incorporate exceptional elements that amaze crowds. We work hard to make sure this is an experience for children, and adults, that they are unlikely to encounter anywhere but at NCT.”

This production of “The Wizard of Oz” will feature puppetry from Jesse Mooney Bullock, who also worked on “Peter Pan” with NCT earlier in 2022. Additionally, actor musicians are on stage throughout the production bringing music to life for the audience.

Important cast notes include that Megan Murphy Chambers will be playing a female Wizard and James Rudolph will be portraying a male Wicked Witch of the West. Nashville Scene’s “Performer of the Year” Jennifer Whitcomb Olivia will also be joining the cast as the Lion.

The Wizard of Oz cast

  • Shelby Smith, Dorothy
  • Matthew Carlton, Uncle Henry/Multiple Roles
  • Corrie Maxwell, Aunt Em/Glinda/Multiple Roles
  • Megan Murphy Chambers, Professor Marvel/The Wizard/Multiple Roles
  • Ben Friesen, Scarecrow/Hunk
  • Gerold Oliver, Tin Man/Hickory
  • Jennifer Whicomb Olivia, Lion/Zeke
  • James Rudolph, Almira Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West
  • Jonah Jackson, Multiple Roles
  • Richard Daniel, Multiple Roles

The play was written by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harbug and a book adaptation by John Kane.

The show runs from November 17 until December 23 of this year. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for youth. Additional information about the show can be found at



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.