There's no denying it: The Wiz has a scary freakin' premise. A dude in a metal suit, a bipedal jungle cat and an ambulatory scarecrow set off on a hike with a borderline-amnesiac girl, only to be chased by flying monkeys and dogged by a witch. We're adults, and it freaks us out. But Coterie Theatre nailed the hope, wisdom and humor along with those chills with its rendition of the trippy Wizard of Oz musical this summer. Director Jeff Church used a Pixar strategy for the staging, making it tame enough for youngsters (the flying monkeys were pretty laid-back) while keeping enough grown-up stuff to prevent parents' attention from wandering. You knew it was going to be good when you read the program, though: Emily Shackelford as Dorothy, Ron Megee working some impressive crow puppets, and Vanessa Severo's boredom-proof choreography. There really is no place like the Coterie.