It wasn’t a tornado that whisked local keyboardist Angela Chan off to the North American premiere tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz, but it certainly felt like it. “They sent us the music a little over two weeks before we started rehearsals, but when we got there they had changed some of the music, so we had some new stuff to learn,” says Chan, recounting her 15-hour days of marathon rehearsals with a laugh.
Luckily for her, that whirlwind hasn’t stripped away any of her excitement for the show. “The twister is pretty amazing,” Chan says. The effects make it look like the audience is “in the cyclone with Dorothy, so when she lands it’s like you’re falling down into Oz right with her.”
The Wizard of Oz plays the Smith Center through September 15, and then Dorothy, the Wicked Witch and Angela hit the road until next July.
The Wizard of Oz Through September 15, times vary, $26-$129. Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, 749-2000.