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The Wizard of Oz - National Tour

The most magical adventure of them all.

Jamie McKnight on Falling for Laughs as Scarecrow in National Tour of The Wizard of Oz

Jamie McKnight on Falling for Laughs as Scarecrow in National Tour of The Wizard of Oz
Jamie McKnight in the national tour of 'The Wizard of Oz'

About the Show

'If my timing is just right, I'll hear the loudest laughter coming from one little kid, just losing his mind.'

When The Wizard of Oz opens at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on October 9, the beloved characters of L. Frank Baum’s magical adventure will delight audiences in a new stage show. Jamie McKnight, who plays Scarecrow in the national tour, is falling all over himself (literally!) to nail the iconic character.

“There’s a lot of nostalgia attached to The Wizard of Oz, me included. The wiggling limbs of the Scarecrow account for a large percentage of my childhood indoctrination,” McKnight says. “I do a lot of falling down as Scarecrow. If my timing is just right, I'll hear the loudest laughter coming from one little kid, just losing his mind. That is the best.”

While McKnight's characterization of the man without a brain might be traditional, he’s taken some surprising inspiration from a famous pro skateboarder: “Hidden under my costume, I wear what I refer to as my Tony Hawk gear. With it on, I can really crumple to the ground hard and fast, pain free.”

Helping McKnight to his feet on stage are Danielle Wade as Dorothy, Mike Jackson as the Tin Man, 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 October 13.