Magic: Children’s ward patient Zavier Duyster gets a visit from Scarecrow and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Show, which will be held at Coffs C.ex today at 11am.
Magic: Children’s ward patient Zavier Duyster gets a visit from Scarecrow and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Show, which will be held at Coffs C.ex today at 11am. Rob Wright

Performers cheer up sick children

WITH bright colours and big smiles, a cast of Wizard of Oz characters cheered up the children’s ward at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus yesterday.

The visit featured a show by Dorothy, Shakey the Scarecrow and Munchkins and the spectacle was not lost on 12-month-old Zavier Duyster.

Zavier’s mother, Helen, said he was enjoying all the animation and activity during the hospital visit.

“He is very social and can appreciate the colours, have a laugh and engage with all the action,” she said.

The show is filled with supportive messages for children and takes them on a moral journey.

Lion searches for courage, Tin Man thinks he has no heart and Scarecrow thinks he lacks brains but they all come to realise how special they are.

Shakey had this message for children yesterday: “You have the power to do anything you want to if you dare to believe.”

The show is a contemporary take on the original. Pleasant twists include a rapping Tin Man and blues-singing Lion.

Munchkin Land has become Munchkin Party with plenty to celebrate given the Wicked Witch is dead.

“Dorothy’s house landed on the Wicked Witch and we are celebrating our independence,” a Munchkin said.

“Now we have Glindar the Good Witch.”

The show starts at 11am today at C.ex Coffs and children are asked to bring a toy for the children’s hospital appeal.

The Wizard of Oz Show will tour 24 venues across Australia.



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