Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Marriott Theatre For Family Fun

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We’re off to see…a charming, talent-filled stage production of The Wizard of Oz! Whether you’re a fan of the classic movie or just love live theater, this hour-long, child-friendly presentation is a great choice for kids of all ages. It was the ideal first live stage show experience for our kids – not too long, and really engaging. Among our highlights were the friendly ushers, who welcomed every child like a distinguished guest, and the live dog playing the role of Toto. After all, who can resist an adorable fluff ball whose real-life name is Sir Reginald?

Parking is plentiful and close, so there’s plenty of time for photos in front of the marquee

To Know Before You Go:

  • The theater is “in the round,” meaning that the stage sits in the center of the room, and is surrounded on all sides by the seating. The acting and dancing are designed to present to every side. It’s an intimately sized theater, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house – truly – and my kids were fascinated to see the ways the cast members navigated the set pieces and spaces.
  • Due to the length of the show, there was not an intermission, which meant that the onsite concessions booth was not open. If your little one needs to step out and have a snack, you’ll have to bring one from home.
  • The seats have an unusually generous amount of leg room, so if you’re tall or have a kiddo that needs to stand or wiggle during the show, you’re good to go. My 4-year-old couldn’t even reach his feet to kick the seat in front of him. You’re welcome, lady who was sitting in the seat in front of my 4-year-old.    
  • After the show ends, the house lights go up and the cast members take the stage for a short Question & Answer session. They also introduce and thank the crew, which includes a short explanation of what each crew member does and where they sit during the show. Audience members are encouraged to text their questions to the theater (number provided) before and after the show, and some of those questions are selected to be answered by the cast during the session. Don’t miss this part – it’s fascinating!
The Friendly Scarecrow leads our post-show Q&A session

Real Kid Reviews:

  • Alexis, age 9: “The dog was sooooo cute.”
  • Connor, age 4: “My favorite part was when the flying monkey did flips, and when the bubbles came down from the ceiling!”
  • Griffin, age 7: “I didn’t love the loud, dark parts but everything else was awesome.” (Mom note: when the Wicked Witch enters and exits, the lights go out and there’s some dramatic music but it’s not super scary)
  • Grandma Julie, kid at heart: “Wonderful for children, but I enjoyed it too! The Cowardly Lion was my favorite character.”

The Wizard of Oz plays most Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am, Fridays at 6pm, Saturdays at 10am and 12.30 pm and Sundays at 10am. Visit MarriottTheatre.com or call 847.634.0200 for exact schedule, as show times and dates vary. Tickets are $15, excluding tax and handling fees. Call for group discounts over 20 tickets. Free parking is available at all performances.

Click your heels three times, and head to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, where the show is running now through August 7 and returning November 15 through December 31, 2022. (Glittering, red slippers optional) We know you’ll enjoy the show!

Please note that Marriott Theatre no longer requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test. Face masks are optional to attend the Wizard of Oz. Protocol detail can be found here

Wanna see more? Kidlist has you covered when it comes to theater in our area. Click here for our 2022 spring/summer live theater guide.

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