Credit: Liz Lauren

One of my favorite venues for watching live theater is the Marriott Theatre of Young Audiences. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, I was excited to hear that live performances were back and even more excited to hear that one of my favorite classic tales, The Wizard of Oz, would be playing. After watching the performance, I’m happy to report that we were all entertained from beginning to end! Read on to find out why you should follow the yellow brick road to watch The Wizard of Oz at Marriott Theatre.

Looking for more Wizard of Oz fun? Make sure to visit the Wizard of Oz exhibit at the Gail Borden Area Library in Elgin. It’s hands-on fun perfect for kids!

Disclosure: Our family was provided a complimentary tickets I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own. .Some links may contain affiliate links.

THOUGHTS OF THE Wizard of Oz at Marriott Theatre

No such thing as a bad seat

The Marriott Theatre of Young Audiences is small and intimate with seats surrounding the stage on all four sides. We saw perfectly fine even with our seats in the back.

Engaging and entertaining

From the very start my three kids, ages 12, 10, and 7, were fully engaged! There’s even bubbles that come out from the ceiling. It was quite a fun surprise!

Splendid performance

The actors did an amazing job especially Dorothy, a 16-year-old!

Cuteness overload

My daughter was absolutely smitten with Toto, a real dog! He was so well behaved and unbelievably cute.

Credit: Liz Lauren

Short and sweet

The classic tale has been condensed to just an hour which is perfect for young kids!

Fun Q&A

As with all Marriott Theatre shows, there was a question and answer session at the end of each performance. Unlike past performances, we could text our questions to the host. I thought that was pretty neat!

Final Thoughts

We loved watching the Wizard of Oz at the Marriott Theatre! Our entire family urges you to follow the yellow brick road to see it yourself.


Address: Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Dates: Runs through August 7, then returns November 15 through December 31
Plays most Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Cost: Tickets are $15, excluding tax and handling fees. Free parking is available at all performances.

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