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Under the Cuse's rainbow

The time is now, and the fab four is Dorothy and her pals from the classic story by Frank L. Baum. Only this "Wiz" or "Wizard of OZ" is a play about the "ever after" titled "Back to Oz nation."

The Media Unit is an organization geared towards introducing young adults 13 to 17 years of age to the rigors of media production, from scriptwriting to acting, to video production, as well as the technical workings of staging performances. More than 80 percent of its former participants have landed work in show biz.

In "Back to Oz Nation" the tin man is instead a tin person played by Joseph Corallo, who is really into the kind of dancing this show required. Apparently his audience at the Feb. 21 Southwest Community Center on South Avenue did too, as several commented on their favorite part being the robot dancing.

"Singing and dancing...the robot," said Teshon White, age 4. His brother D.J. White, 6, agreed.

"When the robot did this (demonstrates the moves),"said Jamal Peterson, 7.

Another crowd pleaser was the Lion played by Nadine Alexis who, instead of being cowardly, was actually quite confidant after leaving the land of OZ over the rainbow.

"I liked the dancing lion," said Neyhati Baptista, 9.

Dajier, 6, also said he liked the lion, as he turned and growled at her.

"It's really fun being the lion," Alexis roared.

A unique stage

This production has been mostly staged at the Southwest Community Center, but also the Media Unit did their first ever production at the Carousel Center.

"It was amazing," Alexis said, "because of the size of the crowd."

She also mentioned that a little girl was there all dressed up like Dorothy, and when the Media Unit performs, the characters go out into the audience and try to connect. Alexis said she was spinning around with the little Dorothy. She wasn't sure if this lil' Dorothy just happened to be there or if came in costume because she knew of the show ahead of time.

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