Thomas W. Olson, playwright
Richard A. Dworsky, composer
Originally produced in CTC’s 1980-81 season
Run Time: 70 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 6+
Tip is a lonely boy who is forced to live with Mombi, an evil witch. After Mombi obtains some Powder of Life from the sorcerer, Tip takes it and uses it to create two friends: Jack Pumpkinhead and Sawhorse. The three friends decide to run away from Mombi. On their journey, they run into General Jinjur and her army, who are planning on taking over Emerald City. Jack and Sawhorse head to the Emerald City and meet the Scarecrow king and Jellia, his assistant, and they all become friends. Meanwhile, Tip heads to the Emerald City as well and warns the Scarecrow about Jinjur’s army. The Scarecrow, Tip, Jack, and Sawhorse all flee to get help from the Tin Woodman. Together, this group, plus Wogglebug, then head off to find Glinda. Glinda tells them that the throne does not belong to Scarecrow, but to Princess Ozma, daughter of the late King Pastoria.
Glinda sends Jinjur a note saying that she must hand over Mombi to be her prisoner. Jinjur sends over Jellia possessed by Mombi. Tip recognizes what is going on and blows Mombi’s cover. Then Glinda forces Mombi to tell them who Princess Ozma is—it is Tip! She says that when the princess was a baby she turned her into a boy in order to disguise her. Glinda convinces Tip to allow himself to be turned into his original form and rule over the Emerald City.
“The Oz books are still such favorites. They tend to be nonsensically funny, outrageously imaginative and spectacularly theatrical. This play thoroughly captures that spirit.” -Minneapolis Star Tribune
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