THE WIZARD OF ŌTĀHUHU is an outrageous twist on the children’s story The Wizard of Oz, performed with South Auckland flavour.

Dorothy and her dog Koko face a long journey home after Cyclone Tita’s fury has landed them in a village of wonder and mystery.  Dorothy begins to like it a little too much, even if she has to drag her new friends - a brainless Scarecrow, a suppressed Lion and a rejected Tinman - to find the famous Wizard of Ōtāhuhu! Koko, however, can sense danger beyond the parade on Great South Road, as their new entourage shares their encounters with not just one Wicked Witch, but four! 

Can Aunty Siapo and Aunty Sila come to Dorothy’s rescue?  Probably not, but if those witches get any closer you can bet there’ll be a show-down of the century. 

Since 2014, Alison Quigan and Troy Tu'ua have co-directed a new production at Māngere Arts Centre each year, this time bringing a 50-strong team together to prepare yet again a spectacle of dance and music from rap to gospel, hip-hop to high kicks The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu is full of energy and humour that will have you laughing and wanting to get up and join in!

This is a show for the whole family and a true South Auckland community collaboration. 

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If you plan to see The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu, I'd get booking... Quigan and Tu'ua make theatre for the people, by the people and of the people.                                              - Dionne Christian, NZ Herald