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Mike Jackson Reflects on How The Wizard of Oz Brings Generations Together

When The Wizard of Oz skips into Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on November 5, the classic musical is sure to bring audience members back to their childhoods. For Mike Jackson, who stars as Tin Man, the show has the same effect, taking him back to an important period of his youth.

“When I was 16, I played Tin Man in a community theater production of The Wizard of Oz. During that show, my mom died of cancer,” Jackson explains. “To revisit this show and the exact same role in a huge production like this all these years later has been one of the most fulfilling things in my life.”

Reflecting on that poignant memory, Jackson notes how The Wizard of Oz brings families together. “Sometimes during the curtain call, I can see three generations of a family together,” Jackson says. “Kids cheering, moms and grandmothers crying. What an absolute privilege for me.”

Traveling down the yellow brick road with Jackson are Danielle Wade as Dorothy, Jamie McKnight as Scarecrow, Lee MacDougall as the Cowardly Lion, Robin Evan Willis as Glinda, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch of the West and Cedric Smith as the Wizard. The show will run through November 10.

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