wizard of oz

The great American fairytale. Told with heart, courage and imagination by one of our own great storytellers, Steven McMahon.


"McMahon’s positively charming choreography, along with the accomplishment of the cast, costumes, and sets, engaged and entertained the modest but enthusiastic audience."—Laura Vernaci, KCMetropolis.org

"This ballet and production has a lot going for it. It’s perfect for kids (and adults) and the performances were danced beautifully."—Christopher Reilly, Alive Magazine

"Ballet Memphis triumphs with magical version of classic 'Wizard of Oz.' The score, culled from the works of British composers Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, beautifully enhanced the movements of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. But arguably, the eye-catchingly green Wicked Witch of the West stole the show, blending smoldering menace, devil-may-care attitude and a sensuality just subtle enough to play to a family crowd."—Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

Special Events

  • Free Family Day with themed arts and crafts, dancing, photos and more. March 25 at Ballet Memphis, 7950 Trinity Road. From 12:45-2:15p. Full schedule of events below:
    • 12:45-1:15 pm - Arts and crafts begin
    • 1:15-1:35 pm - Professional dancers perform excerpts
    • 1:35-2:15 pm - Arts and crafts resume
    • 1:35-1:45 pm - Latin dancing with Lion
    • 1:45-1:55 pm - Hip-Hop with Scarecrow
    • 1:55-2:05 pm - Ballet with Dorothy
    • 2:05-2:15 pm - Horton with Tin Man
  • Reading Wizard of Oz with the characters, Mar 11, 11a, Benjamin Hooks Central Library
  • School Matinee, Apr 7, call the Orpheum Theatre's  Department of Education & Community Programs for reservations.
  • Character meet & greet - bring your camera for photos after each performance in the Orpheum lobby. 

Event Details

The Orpheum
Apr 8-9, 2017
Showtimes 2p & 7:30p
Show length approx. 2 hrs.