Audience becomes stars in “Journey to Oz” at CTC

Journey to Oz runs February 19 - March 6 at the McColl Family Theatre at Imaginon.
Journey to Oz runs February 19 - March 6 at the McColl Family Theatre at Imaginon.

Hopefully, you’ve brought your own ruby-red slippers. You might need them.

Ditto on the courage.

In Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s newest show, “Journey to Oz,” audience members gets plucked from the seats and put on stage as they become the characters!

Adapted from the beloved works from L. Frank Baum and W.W. Denslow, audience members are much more than just an audience – they’re the stars! Randomly selected from the audience during the show, theatergoers have the chance to play Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Mayor of Munchkinland, Little Anna Lou of the Lollipop Guild, the munchkins, citizens of Oz and, of course, the flying monkeys.

Written and directed by the Experiential Theater Company’s producing artistic director, Christopher Parks, this show debuts Feb. 19 and runs through March 6 at the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn in Uptown.

“We like to say, ‘If you’re in the room, you’re in the show!’” Parks said.

Audience members, Parks said, are neither preselected nor assigned before the show. Once chosen from the audience, the lucky “munchkins” are brought right on stage and assisted by the actors to start their “Journey to Oz.”

“We want all our audience members to remember what it means to know there’s no place like home,” Parks said.

Tickets start at only $12 and are available online at or by phone at 704-973-2828. Hearing-impaired audiences are invited to the signed performance at 3 p.m. on March 5. Performances dates and times are:

Friday, February 19, 2016 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM

Saturday February 20, 2016 3:00 PM

Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00 PM

Friday February 26, 2016 7:30 PM

Saturday February 27, 2016 11:00 AM

Sunday February 28, 2016 2:00 PM

Friday March 04, 2016 7:30 PM

Saturday March 05, 2016 3:00 PM

Sunday March 06, 2016 2:00 PM

Theatre 360

In addition to this exciting show, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library have partnered together to create Theatre 360, a free program extending the theatrical experience beyond the stage. Families get a deeper look at the productions through pre- and post-show workshops and audience engagement experiences. Attendees do not need to be a ticket holder to participate in Theatre 360 activities, but registration is required to guarantee spots in each workshop. Click here for more details.