“For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return …and to the Young in Heart …we dedicate this picture.”
When the dedication for the opening credits of the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz was written, no one could’ve imagined the lasting impact the movie would have on American culture. Or how accurate the assertion that ‘Time’ would be powerless to stop the story, was going to be.
The actual time it takes (just over one hundred minutes) to transport viewers from Kansas to the magical world of Oz and back again is relatively brief. But, as anyone who has viewed the movie knows, the story resonates much longer than that. Climatic lines such as, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” and “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!” will never be forgotten. Judy Garland’s performance of “Over the Rainbow” has been hummed for decades and once heard, is forever emblazoned on hearts and in minds. That is the phenomenon of The Wizard of Oz.
A treasured film, The Wizard of Oz’s infiltration into American culture is undeniable and virtually unparalleled. From an international fan club that is over a half-century old and boasts over one thousand members, to the nearly one thousand documented references to The Wizard of Oz, its constant reemergence in culture and entertainment is overwhelming.
Quotes and references from The Wizard of Oz can be found in movies, music and sitcoms and no genre is left out. Everything from Star Wars and Clueless to “The Simpsons,” “Hannah Montana” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” pay tribute in reference to the beloved classic. In music, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Metallica have alluded to L. Frank Baum’s story. And in everyday life who doesn’t know a Wicked Witch of the West or every now and then want to simply click their heels three times to get home?
This production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a spectacular celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film. It’s a new, refreshed and lavish rendition of the beloved classic. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. It truly is a wonderful show for the whole family. And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.
All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.
Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or [email protected].
Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or [email protected].
Electronic Devices & Camera Policy
Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.
There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.