The Great Godfrey Maze replicates the iconic "Wicked" logo.
GODFREY — The village of Godfrey and The Fabulous Fox Theater have mixed their magic to bring the Land of Oz to the Riverbend for the 16th season of the Great Godfrey Maze, welcoming weekend guests from Sept. 4 to Oct. 31.
The cornfield will be cut into the iconic graphic image for the award-winning Broadway musical “Wicked.”
“They (The Fox) approached us with this idea,” Godfrey Mayor Michael McCormick said. “It’s brilliant and it’s going to be such a great opportunity for both the residents of Godfrey as well as the people at The Fox. During the Family Fun Fest on July 4, our park and recreation director, Kimberly Caughran, dressed up as the Witch of the West to make the ‘Wicked’ announcement. We tried to get her to paint herself, but her day was too packed to spend it green. Everyone is enjoying the concept and we’re excited to see it come to completion.”
The village will celebrate the maze’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. The seven-acre maize adventure is full of enough twists and turns to appeal to all ages. Along with the maze, other attractions include a cow train, hay wagon and corn box for younger guests.
“The village of Godfrey is extremely pleased to be partnering with The Fabulous Fox and ‘Wicked’ on this year’s Great Godfrey Maze,” McCormick said. “It is a thrill to be working with such great institutions. It is exciting to have the national tour back in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox and even more exciting to bring a piece of it to Godfrey.”
Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked” is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One is born with emerald-green skin and is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. “Wicked” tells the story of their remarkable odyssey and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
“We are beyond thrilled to work with a St. Louis institution such as The Fox,” Caughran said. “We’re also looking forward to putting people to work during the Great Godfrey Maze. Anyone interested in working the event can apply online at www.godfreyil.org or stop by and pick up an application.”
Maze tickets are available on site beginning Sept. 4. Single tickets for “Wicked” at the Fox will go on sale at a later date. For information, visit www.wickedthemusical.com; for information about the maze, visit www.godfreyil.org. To learn more about the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, visit www.fabulousfox.com.