Multicultural children perform in ‘Wizard of Oz’ on August 4

Children from fifteen cultural backgrounds will weave elements of their music, dance and costume into a fascinating adaptation of Frank Baum’s evergreen story of the Wizard of Oz in a stage production to be presented on August 4th this year.

The multicultural Wizard of Oz Interactive Show at the Revesby Workers Club Auditorium will celebrate the 21stAnniversary of the Children’s Festival Organisation.

“The Wizard of Oz is a story about mateship, self-empowerment and a diverse group of people helping each other as they journey together. It embodies the very spirit of the Children’s Festival that seeks to celebrate unity in diversity,” says Brian Laul, Director of The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show.

“We strongly believe that children are a starting point in building social cohesion and providing so many diverse groups the opportunity to work together on this show is another great way for us to create harmony in our community”, says Thuat Nguyen OAM, Founder- President of The Children’s Festival Organisation.

“For the past 21 years, the Children’s Festival has brought much fun, pride and harmony to children and families in our community by holding over 30 successful festivals around Sydney attracting over a quarter of a million participants. Our motto is: Play together and live in harmony”, he said.

The children will be performing with the cast of The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show which has been performed over 5,000 times around the world and has represented Australia at many prestigious festivals including This Is Australia (Shanghai, China), International Wizard of Oz Festival (Indiana, USA), and the International Storytellers Festival  (New Delhi, India). 

“This production will be a lesson in cultural harmony where children who normally perform songs and dances from their own cultural background at our festivals will unite for a collaborative stage presentation as young Australians living together in harmony in the multicultural Australian society”, Mr Nguyen added.

Show Director, Brian Laul says: “In this bright and wacky version, children can rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy, as they all go off to see the Wizard. They will be invited to come dressed up either as their favourite characters or in their traditional cultural costume”.

Asked how the Wizard of Oz provided the inspiration for this popular kids interactive show, he says: “Besides having all the ideal elements of fascinating entertainment, it also carries a powerful message of hope so necessary for young people today ”“ that somewhere over the rainbow, you can make your fondest dreams realities if only you dare to believe that you have the power within you to do so”.

The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show presented by the Children’s Festival Organisation

On Sunday 4th August, 4pm at Revesby Workers Auditorium

Tickets: $25pp available online at

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