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Poteet Theatre in Oklahoma City stages 'The Wizard of Oz'

On view through Dec. 9 at the Poteet Theatre in Oklahoma City is “The Wizard of Oz.”
BY ELIZABETH HURD Modified: November 21, 2012 at 11:59 am •  Published: November 23, 2012

Debbie Kessler does Miss Gulch with stereotypical accuracy. Translating into the Wicked Witch of the West, she establishes a distinctive, yet familiar character that brings the role to life.

Tim Wall as the Scarecrow is as fluid and funny as he can be. Eric Bradford is the Tinman wearing the heart he thinks he does not possess on his sleeve of armor. Daniel Yates as the Cowardly Lion is delightful. David Parker is the kindly Uncle Henry, and he becomes a perfectly empathetic guard at the gates of the Emerald City.

Randall Hunter is the Wizard of Oz after appearing as the wise and down and out Professor Marvel of the gypsy caravan traveling through the Kansas prairie. The little dog Toto, who seems to cause such trouble, is played by Alex Malone.

Alex is an animal-assisted-therapy dog certified by HALO (Human Animal Link of Oklahoma), and his acting ability is augmented by excellent behavior and delightful expressions. The munchkins, flying monkeys, citizens of Oz and all the other characters are given dynamic life by the many young performers.

— Elizabeth Hurd