A splashy musical for the entire family -- "Christmas in Oz" -- is being presented by the East Bay Children's Theater in conjunction with the Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward.
Dorothy, lonely for her friends back in Oz, builds herself a magical wish machine and returns to the Emerald City just in time for the big holiday celebration. But a sassy sorceress crashes the party and kidnaps Santa -- Dorothy must recruit the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion to help her rescue him.
The script and score, by Ron Lytle, overflow with unforgettable songs, exciting dance numbers, classic comedy and magical special effects.
"EBCT would love to see the show do well, of course, as the proceeds go directly to our spring show, touring free of charge to under-resourced elementary schools," said Lytle, the troupe's resident musical playwright and composer.
The East Bay Children's Theater joins with Pleasanton Civic Arts for its children's productions, which also benefit its mission.
Cast members for "Christmas in Oz" come from throughout the Bay Area and include Jordyn Foley as Dorothy, Zachary Marshall as Scarecrow, Danny Martin as Tin Man, Michael Mendelsohn as Lion, Scott Phillips as Santa Claus, Shawna Darling as Nefariosa, Pam Ballin as Glinda and Gregory Lynch as Brigadier Bloop. Rounding out the cast are Heidi Amstrup, Jeff August, Georgie August, Karen Barbera, Fiona Bonilla-Duncan, Mary Bishop, Joel Butler, Calista Caguyong, Julia Christy, Ariella DeStefano, Natasha Hacking, Bruce Kaplan, Isabella Lau, Bekki Leber, Samantha Leber, Lila Muise, Brenda Ng, Alexandra Nicola, Allegra Nicola, Reggie Reynolds, Autumn Rodriguez, Sarah Schori, Kenny Silberberg, Audrey Tu and Charlene Yoshino.
"Christmas in Oz" will have three matinees and five evening performances, Dec. 13-22, at the Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward. Tickets are $15-$29; visit www.ebctOnline.org or call 510-881-6777.