The Genoa High School auditorium will soon be filled with the likes of witches,
wizards, munchkins, monkeys, ruby slippers, lions, tigers and even bears – oh my – as “The Wizard of Oz” is presented March 18-21.
The live adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, which closely follows the 1939 MGM film of the same name, is based on the production presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Local families are invited to follow the story of Dorothy (Ellie Swisher) and Toto (Duke) on their journey through Oz as she seeks to find her way back home to Kansas. Along the way, she learns to have heart, brains and courage, thanks in part to her new friends, the Lion ( Jake Winters), the Tin Woodsman (Christopher Miller) and the Scarecrow (Derek Miller).
The production features all the classic songs from the movie, including “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead,” and “If I Only Had a Brain.”
Dorothy and her friends will be joined on stage by a cast of more than 70 high school students, including Jacob Schreuder (the Great and Powerful Oz), Brooke Cogswell (Glinda, the Good Witch of the North), Staci Herman (the Wicked Witch of the West), Patricia Aldrich (Auntie Em), and Rian Nissen (Uncle Henry).
Adding to the spectacle of light and sound on stage will be the Munchkin Chorus, comprised of an additional 39 students from the elementary and middle schools.
Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens. They’re available from any cast member or by calling Genoa Middle School at 419-855-7781, ext. 18, Genoa High School at 419-855-7735 or Allen Central Elementary School at 419-855-7795.