The Wiz Play Analysis

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Analysis Paper The Wiz Submitted to Barbara Kordenbock In partial fulfillment for the requirements of SPCH 220 American Playhouse Summer 2013 Southwestern Illinois College By Ricky R. Brown SWIC 26062056 850-240-7292 Performed at Grandel Theatre On 14 July 2013 In partial fulfillment of the requirements for Speech 220 – American Playhouse, I was required to see a live play and write a three page analysis paper based on that play. The viewing must take place within the course starting and ending date. The live play chosen for this paper was the WIZ. This paper will analyze the adventures of Dorothy (Sarah Stephens) a shy St Louis Mo, schoolteacher who is trying to find her…show more content…
Dorothy ran after him to no avail of catching him. As she wandered around looking for him she gets lost because she had never been away from home and finds herself trapped in the storm. A whirlwind made of snow, the work of Glinda (Evan De-Bose) the good witch of the South. Dorothy eventually meets Addaperle (Linda Kennedy) the good witch of the north, a magical numbers runner who gave her powerful silver slippers. Addaperle told her to put the slippers on and don’t take them off until she reached her home. Addaperle told her to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and look for the mysterious “Wiz” who holds the power to send her back home. Dorothy started her journey down the yellow brick road towards the Emerald City in search of the Wiz. The next day Dorothy run across a scarecrow made of straws, who she befriends. The two of them find the yellow brick road and begin to follow it. After Dorothy tell the Scarecrow of the Wiz special powers the Scarecrow hoped the Wiz might be able to give him the one thing he lack, a brain. Alone the way to the Emerald City Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the Tin man and the Cowardly Lion. The Tin man and the Lion joined them on their journey to the Emerald City, the Tin man hoped to meet the Wiz and be granted a heart, the Lion hoped to be granted courage. Before the…show more content…
The "great and powerful Oz" is actually Herman Smith, a failed politician from Illinois, who was transported to Oz when a balloon he was flying to promote his campaign to become the city dogcatcher was lost in a storm. The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion are distraught that they will never receive their respective brain, heart, and courage, but the Wiz makes them realize that they already have these things. However he couldn’t help Dorothy get home. Dorothy remembered he had a balloon and the Wiz agreed to fly her home, but he didn’t, he flew away by himself. Just as it seems as if she will never be able to get home, Glinda, the Good Witch of the South appears and convinces her to find her way home by searching within herself and tapping the heels of her shoes. After thanking Glinda and saying goodbye to her friends, and thinking of home and the things she loves most about it, after clicking her heels, she finds herself back at home. She is now a changed woman not shy or an introvert. Toto is already there waiting for her. She picks Toto up and carries him back to their apartment and closes the

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