BRAWLEY — Delightful! Delightful! Delightful!
Adorable munchkins! Spectacular sets! Lovable lion! Colorful costumes!
Superlatives such as these come to mind when describing the Thursday night dress rehearsal of "The Wizard of Oz" at Palmer Performing Arts Center in Brawley. Presented by North County Coalition for the Arts and Brawley Union High School, this show is a "must see" for the entire family.
Young children will especially enjoy the musical because it is so visually appealing. But then, "Wizard" appeals to all the senses. The orchestra is polished and turned in a superb performance Thursday. The principals are seasoned and skilled actors.
Richard Knights steals the show as the Cowardly Lion. Mild-mannered and clumsy, Scarecrow is well-portrayed by Bob Nelson, who also does an excellent job of directing the production. Although a relative novice (this may have been his premiere performance) Cliff Strahm plays the kind, gentle Tin Man as a pro.