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Jul 29

The Theatre in the Park’s 50th season comes to a close with “The Wizard of Oz”

Posted on July 29, 2019 at 3:47 PM by Becky Burnside

Join us in closing out the Theatre in the Park’s historic 50th outdoor season with a beloved story that has entertained generations and is celebrating major milestones of its own.

“The Wizard of Oz,” which is Rated PG, will be presented on the stage in Shawnee Mission Park on Aug. 2 through 4, and 7 through 10. TIP’s production of this show ties into the 80th anniversary of the beloved 1939 MGM movie, the 100th anniversary of Author Frank L. Baum’s death, and a temporary exhibit called Expanding Oz, which will be at the Johnson County Museum through Nov. 2 (more about that below).

In this beloved tale, Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto travel “over the rainbow” to meet interesting new friends, experience fantastic adventures, and discover along the way the magical power of home. First published in 1900, the story was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1902, and has been delighting readers and audiences ever since.

To help celebrate TIP’s 50th season, each performance will feature limited-edition flying discs tossed out from the stage, and a small number of limited-edition popcorn buckets will be passed at the gates, and can be filled for 50 cents throughout this season. 

For outdoor productions, gates open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.  General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for youth ages four to ten, plus tax, and free for children three and under, but tickets are still required. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. “Anytime tickets” available via either ticket-buying method, are not specific to a certain night or performance, and can be printed out at home or displayed on phone screens and scanned at the gate.

On Thrifty Thursday, a 20 percent discount is offered for the Aug. 8 Thursday night performance. This makes adult tickets $6.40 and children’s tickets $4.80, plus tax. The discounted tickets must be purchased at the box office for the specific show.

The last Movies in the Park presentation of 2019 will be “A Dog’s Way Home” on Aug. 5. Through this program, participants can see films on a 40-foot screen on the TIP stage for only $1 per person at the gate. “A Dog’s Way Home,” is Rated PG. On movie nights, gates open at 7:30 p.m., and movies start between 8:30 and 8:45 depending on sunset.

No Labor Day concert will be presented at TIP this year.

This year’s outdoor season and the Movies in the Park presentations are sponsored by Advent Health and First National Bank. 

The Theatre in the Park’s outdoor location is north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. 

The Johnson County Museum’s Expanding Oz temporary exhibit traces the growth of “The Wizard of Oz” phenomenon, explores its global appeal, and illustrates its influence on popular culture. Admission to the temporary exhibit is free for members and is included with regular museum admission rates of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. Located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Learn more  about the exhibit