‘Wizard of Oz’ comes to the California Theatre in San Bernardino

Area audiences should brace for some magical winds to take them “off to see the Wizard” Saturday when “The Wizard of Oz” comes to the historic California Theatre in San Bernardino.

The magical classic will be presented for two performances Saturday — 2 and 8 p.m.

The beloved tale of the Kansas girl named Dorothy and her adventures and misadventures in the wonderful land of Oz has been told throughout the world.

Join Dorothy and Toto on the Yellow Brick Road as they befriend the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion, face the scary Wicked Witch, get help from Glenda the Good Witch, marvel at the Munchkins, find the Wizard and, of course, battle those pesky Monkeys.

Producer Jesse Dinkel of Worldwide Theatricals is excited about the date of the performance.

“To be doing this show on Judy Garland’s birthday is really special,” he said. “The history the movie left behind for our theater is really humbling. To be performing the musical where the film had its first public appearance is just mind-boggling to me.”

After researching some of the early stage shows and films that have been presented at the California Theatre since it opened in 1928, Dinkel said he found a memorable account of “The Wizard of Oz” 1939 sneak preview.

The film, which starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, featured the song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which the movie bigwigs didn’t really care for.

At the screening, studio representatives and filmmakers were in the theater lobby when the movie ended and apparently overheard audience members praising the song. They were convinced to keep “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the film, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Song of the Year.

“The Wizard of Oz” is the final production of the 2017-2018 season of Worldwide Theatricals at the California Theatre.

IF YOU GO

What: “The Wizard of Oz”

When: 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday

Where: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino

Tickets: $38.50-$75, available through the box office at 909-885-5152; also available through www.ticketmaster.com

Information: Box office, 909-885-5152; on the web, www.worldwidetheatricals.com

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