Kids see ‘Wizard’ after being thwarted earlier by motorcade

first_img “We were hoping that somehow we could help these kids,” said Mary Clausen, associate producer of “A Christmas Carol” at the MET. “We felt badly that they missed the production.” Madrid Manager Denise Leader Stoeber was thrilled to see the kindergartners. “How fabulous is this?” she said. “People step up. These children get to have theater, deprived by no arts in the schools.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] IF YOU GO “The Wizard of Oz Ballet,” presented by the Los Angeles Youth Ballet, will be performed at 7 p.m. today and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 years and under, and $10 each for groups of 10 or more. Call (818) 347-9419. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – A San Fernando Valley theater on Thursday brought the great wizard to a bus load of munchkins barred from Oz last month by a presidential traffic jam. Nearly 60 kindergartners from Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Brentwood, many dressed as miniature Dorothys, streamed into the “The Wizard of Oz Ballet” at the Madrid Theatre with tickets courtesy of neighborhood groups. A second Kenter group will see the ballet today. “We’re off to see the wizard,” said Julie Fahn, a Kenter mom, as the Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s Dorothy and the Mayor of Munchkinland greeted 400 schoolchildren on hand for the show. “We’ve had some very kind and generous people come forward for the children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One hundred kindergartners were set to see the wizard Oct. 21, when their first-ever field trip was blocked by a motorcade for President George W. Bush. The motorcade from West Los Angeles to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley brought traffic to a standstill and prevented the Kenter kids from seeing a “Wizard of Oz” play in Malibu. To cheer up the children, numerous theaters and patrons of the arts have offered free tickets for fall performances. The $500 in tickets for the “Wizard of Oz Ballet,” with a cast of 37 dancers, were furnished courtesy of the Reseda-based Los Angeles Youth Ballet; ballet moms Shari Mitchell and Joni Marine, both of Woodland Hills; and the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Next month, the children will return to the Valley to see a “A Christmas Carol,” courtesy of the Metropolitan Education Theatre at California State University, Northridge. They will also see “The Nutcracker” at the Center for the Arts Guild at Pepperdine University in Malibu. last_img read more