(from left) Achilles Massahos plays The Cowardly Lion, Bill Hulings (center) plays the Tin Man, Jane Brinkley plays Dorothy, and Kim Donahey (background) plays Dorothy’s yapping dog Toto in Radio Redux’s production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” on Thursday, Feb. 11. The four characters meet on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City, where the elusive Wizard may fulfill their wishes.
Jane Brinkley, 14, adjusts the knob on an old radio installed on the stage in the Soreng Theatre at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, OR. Brinkley plays Dorothy in Fred Crafts’ Radio Redux production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Fred Crafts’ Radio Redux is a repertory theatre company that performs plays in the style of 1940s radio broadcasts, complete with sound effects and live music. Fred Crafts is the director and producer of Radio Redux. Crafts, whose radio career began in 1956, founded the theater company in 2009 with the desire to embrace the “theatre of the mind” format. Previous Radio Redux productions include “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “War of the Worlds,” “My Man Godfrey,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life!” On Feb. 12-14, Radio Redux put on a performance of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” based on the 1939 film. The play – Radio Redux’s first musical – was performed at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, OR from Feb. 12-14, 2015. Jane Brinkley, 14, plays the lead role of Dorothy.