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Eastwood Collegiate Grad Back to Her Roots In “The Wizard Of Oz”

In 2012, prior to graduating from Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener, A.J Bridel starred in the school’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Since then Andrew Lloyd Webber personally selected her as a finalist on his reality TV show “Over The Rainbow.”

Now Bridel’s appearing in Dray­ton Entertainment’s pro­duc­tion at the Dun­field The­atre Cambridge.

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to The Wizard of Oz.

From her opening rendition of Over the Rainbow, to the song and dance number The Jitterbug, to the heart wrenching scene when Dorothy realizes she’ll never again see the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, Bridel makes the best of every moment, once again ensuring her strong future as a triple threat.
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As the Scarecrow Jamie McKnight Was Captivating and Comical.
Once freed from his fence post there didn’t seem to be a solid bone in the Scarecrow’s body.
Jackson originated the Scarecrow role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. He was also a member of The Canadian Tenors.
Jmaie McKnight scarecrow in the wizard of oz drayton entertainment



50/50 Intermission Draw
The 50/50 draw was a hit, thanks in part to this volunteer.
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The Best Food Ever At The VIP Party!
Chef John Baltzar in black, and Ben, catered the VIP party.
John’s restaurant Homage, located right around the corner from the theatre, specializes in locally sourced ingredients from local farms.
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Fans Dressed The Part
Young Allie Ferguson is a big A.J. Bridel fan. She came prepared to play the role of Dorothy.
Allie Ferguson the wizard of oz




The Ruby Slippers
In 2012, Leonardo DiCaprio bought one of the four known surviving pairs of Judy Garland’s ruby slippers.
This pair belongs to young Allie.
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A.J. Bridel and Cole
After the show Cole was delighted to meet “the real Dorothy.”
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Rescue Puppy as Toto
Even Toto dropped by for the VIP party.
Jessica Croezen, his trainer, said Flynn is a rescue dog who loves to play fetch with his doggie sister and brother.
Toto from Impressive Canines




Listen to my podcast interview with A.J. Bridel
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Click above to listen.

The Wizard of Oz runs until March 29 at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge.
Tickets are selling out fast. Click here to purchase tickets.

by Keith Tomasek
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