The Wizard of Oz – Hello Melbourne!
The Wizard of Oz Exhibition
Making its way down the east coast, The Wizard of Oz will soon be premiering at the Adelaide Festival Centre from 1 April for 4 weeks only. To welcome the show to Adelaide, shoppers at Burnside Village Shopping Centre were able to get up close and personal with some of the incredible costumes from the musical, including Dorothy’s iconic ruby red slippers. The exhibition will soon be moving to Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall from March 21st – April 11th and will continue to dazzle onlookers as it travels between secret locations in the upcoming months.
This production of The Wizard of Oz boasts an impressive collection of over 130 individually tailored garments. From big furry lions to sepia toned farmhand costumes and jewel encrusted Emerald City gowns – every individual piece has been meticulously planned, crafted and created for the wonderful world of Oz. The costumes within the exhibition have travelled the world with the productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz – from London, Canada, the US and now to Australia – they have played their part in the re-creation of this fantastic musical treat.
The focal point of the costume exhibition is Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Decorated with over 4,000 hand-applied Siam coloured Swarovski crystals, the slippers really steal the show. The long-standing relationship between The Wizard of Oz and crystal house, Swarovski, can be traced back over 75 years to their beginnings in the original The Wizard of Oz MGM film. The brand collaboration began in 1939 when Judy Garland first tapped her jewel-encrusted shoes together and continues today with musical star, Samantha Dodemaide, dancing her way down the Yellow Brick Road in these iconic ruby shoes.
Accompanying the ruby shoes, spectators will also catch a glimpse of the Tin Man, the famous Dorothy gingham dress, a Munchkin outfit and a sparkly gown from the Emerald City. What a perfect chance to get immersed in the fashion history of the wonderful World of Oz before the musical hits the stage on April 1st at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Keep your eyes peeled for where the exhibition will be debuting next.
THE WIZARD OF OZ OPENS IN SYDNEY
– The Sunday Telegraph
“A breathtaking musical revelation”
– Sydney Arts Guide
“The best I’ve ever seen”
– Stage Whispers
“The Audience doesn’t take a breath until the curtain falls.”
– Australian Stage
Toto helps his RSPCA friends
RSPCA NSW feels the love at the New Year’s Eve Charity Performance!
When he’s not on-stage wowing audiences in The Wizard of Oz, our canine star Toto has been winning hearts at RSPCA NSW.
An allocation of tickets to our New Year’s Eve performance were sold exclusively to support our Official Charity Partner, RSPCA NSW. The entire RSPCA allocation sold-out over a week in advance raising a massive $27,437.12 for RSPCA NSW. The New Year’s Eve event was bursting with enthusiastic attendees who not only got to cherish the musical but assist in supporting a very worthy cause. With RSPCA NSW relying almost entirely on the goodwill of loyal supporters, all proceeds raised were transferred directly to the organisation to help in treating, rehabilitating and caring for the tens of thousands of animals RSPCA NSW aids.
RSPCA NSW CEO, Steve Coleman charmed the audience as he accepted the cheque from The Wizard of Oz Co-Producer, Suzanne Jones. Mr Coleman said he was ‘humbled and delighted’ with the support received as he was treated to a special meet and greet backstage with Trouble and Flick who jointly share the role of Toto.
To raise more funds for RSPCA NSW, Toto will be holding bucket collections at the Sydney shows on the weekend of the 27 and 28 January.
Get your tickets for our bucket collection weekend now so you are there to help Toto find forever homes for his friends. After all, there’s no place like home!
January 27th 2.00pm
Jemma & Lucy on The Morning Show
Merry Christmas from The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of OZ opens to rave reviews in Brisbane
Visiting Brisbane to see The Wizard of Oz
Visiting Brisbane to see The Wizard of Oz let us tell you about some of the yellow brick roads you might want to explore while you are here.
The capital city of the sunshine state has well and truly come into its own, developing some serious retail and lifestyle hot spots in and around the CBD to appease even the most seasoned fashionista.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your retail therapy fix with these 6 shopping hot spots.
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD
Queen is what queen does, and the beating heart of Brisbane’s shopping scene is more than worthy of the ruling title.
The last few years have seen an explosive revival of the iconic CBD shopping mall, and there’s a bevvy of stores waiting to be discovered, from big brand names lining the main street to off-side gems like Wintergarden and Brisbane Arcade hiding boutique and home-grown goods.
Shop ’til you drop: For everything under one roof, try the Myer Centre, where you can end your day with a flick at Event Cinemas. For some added cardio, make tracks down the main strip where the likes of Zara, H&M, Uniqlo and Forever 21 will it make it feel like you’re perusing the racks on an overseas holiday.
If your budget allows, set your sights on Queens Plaza to drool over everything at Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
James Street, Fortitude Valley
There’s a reason why James Street has earned a rep as one of the Brisbane’s most stylish shopping strips.
This is a place where serious shoppers go to work their credit cards, with a mix of high-fashion and lifestyle brands (both international and Australian) interspersed with some of the best cafes and restaurants in the city.
For more need-to-know about ‘The Valley’ precinct (aka where to brunch and down cocktails with killer city views), check out this guide.
Shop ’til you drop: Pop into Pottery Barn, St Barts and West Elm for interior-porn, Aussie labels Aje, Kookai, Sass and Bide, and Zimmermann for no-fail fashion buys, and Molten Store and Maryon’s Shoes for accessories (plus a stop at Bailey Nelson if you’re in need of new specs).
Then when you’re all kitted out, take a coffee break at Cantinho before grabbing a bite at Harveys Bar and Bistro.
Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
It’s not hard to remember a time when the only things you’d find in a laneway in Brisbane were rubbish bins and the odd pigeon, but with niche bars and restaurants popping up in side streets all over the city, we are being spoilt for choice when it comes to hidden treasures slightly off the beaten track.
Winn Lane is one such gem – whether it’s coffee, books, or sartorial inspiration you’re searching for, there is much to be found in this little hideaway.
Shop ’til you drop: Check out Sunday Social for vintage threads, Babushka Ballerina for heartbreakingly beautiful bridal gowns, and The Outpost for quality menswear and trinkets.
When you need to regain your energy after all that perusin’, try Ben’s Burgers or No.5 Cafe, or fill up on sweet tunes at The Zoo, one of Brisbane’s most long standing live music venues.
Emporium, Fortitude Valley
The Valley strikes again in the retail-sphere, this time at the lust-worthy Emporium. A little world unto itself, this luxury precinct is filled with high-end shops galore not to mention top-notch dining.
Our recommendation? Stretch out your visit with a stay in one of the stylishly appointed studio suites at the Emporium Hotel.
Shop ’til you drop: Visit BIFFI for European-inspired designer fashion, Margot McKinney for jewels, Cheeky Bambino for little ones, Cudara for hand-made leather goods, and Jack Mitchell for beautiful gifts and homewares.
When it comes to dining, take your worldly pick from the French delights at Belle Époque Patisserie to Japanese favourites at Saiko Teppanyaki and Gyoza Bar ANN.
Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Head out of the city (just a tad) to Paddington, and you’ll find a treasure trove of stores lining the streets of bustling Latrobe Terrace. With cafes galore, fashion boutiques, and homewares stores, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular with Westsiders.
Shop til you drop: Enter vintage heaven at the Paddington Antique Centre inside the heritage-listed Plaza Theatre, where you’ll find all the charms of yesteryear from collectable costumes and antique Australian pottery to retro clothing and accessories.
For homely treats, try Sheets on the Line and Blake & Taylor, topped off with something bright and quirky from the Happiness Place.
If a fancy frock is your target, try Petrol Boutique, Sacha Drake and the Little Black Dress Shop (spoiler: they stock so much more than just your classic LBDs) with accessories from Louenhide and the Green Tangerine.
Alternatively, keep the vintage theme going with a squiz of the exclusive-printed frocks of Maiocchi and retro attire at Ra Ra Superstar, then once the hard work is done, treat yourself to a cocktail (or two) at Kettle & Tin.
Oxford Street, Bulimba
Right in the heart of Bulimba, on Brisbane’s East side, Oxford Street is guaranteed to satisfy your retail (and hangry) cravings.
Offering an eclectic mix of stores, cafes, and a beautiful park in the middle (a hot spot for picnicking just FYI), Oxford Street is perfect for a weekend sojourn away from the CBD.
Shop til’ you drop: Visit Side Street Boutique and House on Oxford for a hefty dose of fashion inspo, My First Room for super cute children’s interiors, Green Grass Home and Body for unique gift ideas, before rounding off at Riverbend Books for coffee and a read.
Finally after all that shopping, no doubt you have worked up an appetite, unwind in the alfresco restaurants and bars at South Bank and Eagle Street Pier or eat your way around the world at the Hamilton Eat Street Markets.
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