The Wizard of Oz visits St. Jude (video 2009)



During her first week at St. Jude, Ellen was terrified of the alien world of tests, needles and scary medical equipment. She found refuge in the familiar songs, bright colors and magical plot of The Wizard of Oz. When the national touring Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz made a slight detour from the Emerald City to visit St. Jude patients and their families, five-year-old Ellen and her brother gave Dorothy and Scarecrow a tour. After showing her favorite characters from The Wizard of Oz around the hospital, Ellen joined Dorothy in a performance of “Over the Rainbow.”