Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this week’s performances of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

by Allie Daugherty

Courtesy of TMI Touring Co.

There’s no need to go over the rainbow to find some fun this week in San Diego.

Starting Tuesday, the Broadway spectacle “The Wizard of Oz” will be performing at the Civic Theatre in downtown.  The show has been described as a wonderful outing for the entire family because of its mild themes and colorful performance.

The play is based on the original 1939 MGM movie of the same name, which follows a young girl named Dorothy and her little dog Toto on an adventure to find her way back home. Along the way she meets a lively group of characters including the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, all of whom help Dorothy on her journey.

The roles of the munchkins will be performed by 10 children from San Diego’s own J Company. The actors, ranging from ages 11 to 13, will dance and help sing songs such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.”

“The Wizard of Oz” will be performing in San Diego until Feb. 20. For tickets or more information, visit broadwaysd.com.

WHEN: Feb. 15 – 20, 2011

WHERE: San Diego Civic Theatre, downtown San Diego

PERFORMANCE Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.

TIMES: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; ASL interpreted performance at 2 p.m.

Sunday at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Open-Captioned performance at 1 p.m.

TICKETS: Ticket prices vary, visit ticketmaster.com; tickets on sale now

TICKET PURCHASE: On line at www.broadwaysd.com/thewizardofoz.php

Available as part of a Season Ticket Package:  888-937-8995

Civic Theatre Ticket Office, 619-570-1100; Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Ticketmaster:  800-982-2787

Group Savings for 10+: 619-564-3001

THEATRE ADDRESS: 3rd and B Street, 1100 Third Ave.

PARKING:  Paid parking available in the San Diego Concourse Parking structure

WEBSITE: BroadwaySD.com