Local | Glada Hudik-theater fill the Globe with 8,000 school children on tour finale

By on May 19, 2016

23-24 May is it tour final of Glada Hudik Theatre’s critically acclaimed play The Wizard of Oz at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The ensemble has played to sold-out arenas around the country and now conclude their tour at “home” in the capital. In conjunction with the tour carried out the school project “Children are not born with prejudices” that caters to students in middle school and in Stockholm they invite 8000 school children to see the show.

Stockholm is like our second home. It was here that the theater had its breakthrough in 2007 when we set up Elvis, so obviously it is something special to end Sweden tour right there. We hope to give the audience a magical and memorable experience, says director Pär Johansson.

The Wizard of Oz in Glada Hudik-theater way

In this free reinterpretation of Frank L Baum`s “Wizard of Oz” is all upside down. With a large dose of humor and serious ground, we meet a wizard who builds walls around itself by fear to face the outside world – a world of thwarted sheet figures without hearts, dancing lions suffering from stage fright and rocking scarecrows without brains. There also arrives Alice, who only have friends on Facebook, Dorothy wants to be able to sing beautifully to make others happy and the dog Toto recorded more Die Hard movies than Bruce Willis himself.

In Glada Hudik-theater epic musical is the land of Oz an escape from painful memories, but also an opportunity for change. It’s about daring to make up their own prejudices. To dare to feel that they’re good enough – dare to be human.

The Grammy-winning music is specially written by Salem Al Fakir and Pontus de Wolfe.

Integration Project of the Stockholm middle school students

Parallel to the tour implemented the project “Children are not born with prejudices” that caters to students in middle school. Each municipality frequented offered to work together to make a difference in their particular region. In Stockholm, the project is done in collaboration with the City of Stockholm.

The message is that the integration is not about everyone should be equal. It is about learning to accept and appreciate that we are different. They may not change the world, but their class. Students working on the project in the spring are invited to see a school performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Globe Arena.

If we are to change the way people think, see and react to the mentally retarded, we have to start at school. My full conviction is that if you meet during school time boys and girls for example with Down’s Syndrome, you do not get as easily prejudice against the mentally retarded, says Pär Johansson.

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