The Wizard of Emerald City

A fairytale based on the novel by

Alexander Volkov

 

The Wizard of Emerald City is the story of a journey, both as an adventure and as a search for oneself. After all, we know from the get-go that the Lumberjack is good, that the Scarecrow is smart, that the Lion is courageous and that Ellie can go back to Kansas in her slippers even without magic. But in order to reach your dreams, to become who you want to be, you must traverse the difficult path of discovery hand in hand with your friends, make it through many challenges, lose faith and then believe once again. Only then will you be worthy of yourself. And even the Great and Powerful Goodwin, the impostor on the throne, will turn out to be a real wizard – not a magician or charlatan like the four witches, but a great artist who can make audiences believe in miracles.

 

Alexander Volkov’s fairytale is a family favorite. Those who read it in the mid-20th century now read it to their younger siblings, nieces and nephews, children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. This cherished book is passed down from generation to generation and remains just as popular as ever.

The premiere took place on 17 November 2018.

Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes with one interval.

For audiences aged 12 and up.

 

Laureate of the XXVII Theatres of St. Petersburg for Children Festival

Foma Byzgu for the role of Scarecrow in The Wizard of Emerald City

Production Team:

Director – Galina Byzgu

Designer – Maria Medvedeva

Light Designer – Denis Solntsev

Composer – Anton Gorchakov

Musical Direction – the company

Choreographers – Ilya Koletsky, Yuri Nasonov, Kirill Gordleyev

Stage Managers – Valeria Vasilkova, Ekaterina Zatolokina, Alyona Parshina

Cast:

Villina – Darya Zavyalova, Saima Visti

Ellie – Darya Solovyova, Kristina Kutsa, Anastasia Stebneva

Toto – Artur Gross, Ilya Koletsky, Kirill Gordleyev

Mama – Anastasia Ermak, Darya Zavyalova

Papa – Levan Tsiskadze, Nikita Kapralov

Brothers Bob and Dick – Yuri Nasonov, Simon Evald, Anton Gorchakov, Foma Byzgu

Uncle Rolf – Giorgi Goloshvili

Hector the Dog – Dmitri Mitkov

Scarecrow – Kirill Gordleyev, Foma Byzgu, Sergei Pankov, Artur Gross

Iron Lumberjack – Yuri Nasonov, Gleb Savchuk

Cowardly Lion – Simon Evald, Dmitri Mikov

Goodwin – Foma Byzgu, Mikhail Gavrilov, Richard Ardashin, Anton Gorchakov

Cannibal – Mikhail Gavrilov, Giorgi Goloshvili, Levan Tsiskadze

Gingema – Maria Stolyarova, Anastasia Ermak

Bastinda – Maria Stolyarova, Kristina Kutsa

Stella – Yulia Vibe, Viktoria Troitskaya

Ramina, Queen of Mice – Mikhail Gavrilov

Ramina’s Page – Dmitri Mikov, Simon Evald

Din Gior – Nikita Kapralov

Mermaid – Yulia Vibe

Raven – Nikita Kapralov

Chief Squirrel – Yulia Vibe

Squirrel, Friend to Squirrel – Anastasia Stebneva, Darya Solovyova

Badgers – Dmitri Mikov, Yuri Nasonov, Anton Gorchakov, Simon Evald, Richard Ardashin

Careless Hare – Richard Ardashin, Kirill Gordleyev, Foma Byzgu

Careless Fish – Anastasia Ermak, Kirill Gordleyev

Farament – Giorgi Goloshvili

Fregoza – Yulia Vibe

Resident of the Yellow Country – Mikhail Gavrilov

The Lumberjack’s Beloved – Saima Visti, Darya Zavyalova

Match – Anastasia Stebneva, Kristina Kutsa

Black Widow Spider – Anastasia Ermak

Stork – Sergei Pankov, Ilya Koletsky

Doe – Kristina Kutsa, Saima Visti, Viktoria Troitskaya

Chief Gillikin – Ilya Koletsky, Kirill Gordleyev, Kristina Kutsa

Chief Flying Monkey – Gleb Savchuk, Yuri Nasonov, Ilya Koletsky

Bird of the Blue Country – Yulia Vibe

Hurricane, Ravens, Squirrels, Munchkins, Gillikins, Winkies, Quadlings, Mice (Ramina’s subjects), Poppy Field, Sabre-tooth Tigers, Flying Monkeys, Wolves, Birds – the Company

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