Set & Lighting Design
Auntie Em..................Diane Gauthier
Uncle Henry..................Larry Wright
Gulch/Wicked Witch.......Kim Wilmes
Palace Guard..........Robbie LeFebvre
Munchkin Mayor........Cody Westphal
Winkie General........Travis Ferguson
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July 28 – August 6, 2005
|The Wizard of Oz ... a classic story
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was an instant classic when it was published in 1900 and is widely acclaimed as the first truly American Fairy Tale. Though other American authors had written fairy tales prior to Baum, theirs were styled after European tales, with princes and princesses, dire consequences and fearful moral lessons. Baum was the first to craft a wonderland out of uniquely American concepts and familiar items. A cornfield scarecrow, mechanical tinman, and a wizard who uses ingenuity and old-fashioned hokum captured America’s turn-of-the-century enthusiasm and optimism. Dorothy Gale is a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. She gets in the way while the adults try to work, but dreams of a quiet place where she won't get into any trouble - Over the Rainbow. She is upset because a mean neighbor, Miss Gultch, has threatened to harm her cherished dog, Toto. When Miss Gultch arrives to present the family with a Sheriff's summons, Dorothy must give up Toto. But the dog escapes from Miss Gultch and joins Dorothy as she decides to runs away from the farm. They meet up with a traveling “fortune teller,” Professor Marvel, who convinces her to go back home. As she returns to the farm, a cyclone hits the area, and Dorothy and Toto are locked out of the family's storm cellar. They go into her room in the house, where Dorothy is accidentally hit on the head. This begins their journey to the Land of Oz.
When she awakens in Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Witch of the North. Dorothy's house has inadvertently landed on the Wicked Witch of the East. This frees the Munchkins from the power of the Wicked Witch of the East, so they now consider Dorothy their heroine - Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead & Munchkin Musical Sequence. The Wicked Witch of the West (Miss Gulch) comes to avenge her sister's death and to claim her sister's magic ruby slippers, only to find that Glinda has already put them on Dorothy's feet. The Wicked Witch of the West has a new challenge - to get those slippers for herself. Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas, but Glinda tells her the only one who may help her get home is the Wizard of Oz. The Munchkins send Dorothy off to see the Wizard –Follow the Yellow Brick Road.
Along the way she meets three new friends and traveling companions. The Scarecrow (Hunk, the first of Uncle Henry's farmhands) explains why he needs to see the Wizard in If I Only Had a Brain. The Tinman (Hickory) joins them because his life would be better If I Only Had a Heart and the Lion (Zeke) comes along - If I Only Had the Nerve. The quartet is complete and all four sing We're off to See the Wizard.
The Wicked Witch of the West makes an unsuccessful attempt to get Dorothy's ruby slippers when Dorothy is with the Scarecrow and the Tinman. She fails to scare them. Her next plan includes the Lion, and involves a beautiful field of poppies with a poisonous scent. Glinda rescues the travelers by turning the poppies into snowflakes - Poppies.
The travelers finally arrive at the Emerald City and meet the Guard, who describes a beautiful city where everything is perfect, - The Merry Old Land of Oz. Before they get to meet the Wizard, the travelers are cleaned and pampered by the Ozians. But even after their preparation, the Wizard refuses to see them. The Wicked Witch appears again, vowing to get Dorothy and causing a commotion in the idyllic city of Oz. The Guard promises to plead their case to the wizard while the lion fantasizes about his soon-to-be-found courage in King of the Forest. The guard finally brings them to the Wizard, but the four friends must prove themselves worthy of the Wizard's help by bringing him the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. The only way to get her broomstick would be to kill her. So off they go, to the land of the Winkies (the Wicked Witch's slaves) and the Wicked Witch's castle.
The group is in the haunted forest filled with jitterbugs that spook them. The jitterbugs make them dance until they all collapse from exhaustion - Jitterbug and then the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys swoop down and capture Dorothy and Toto. At the castle the Wicked Witch again fails to take the ruby slippers off Dorothy's feet, so she threatens Dorothy with her life as Toto manages to escape. The Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman make their way to the castle to rescue Dorothy and Toto meets them at the entrance. They manage to sneak in, wearing Winkie uniforms as part of the Winkie army. They find Dorothy, but before they can escape the Witch and her guards capture the foursome. The Witch announces that they all will meet their doom and threatens the Scarecrow with fire on her broomstick. Dorothy throws a bucket of water at the fire and ends up dousing the Wicked Witch. The Wicked Witch screams smolders and shrinks. She melts into nothing. - Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead (reprise). The Winkie Guards, thankful to Dorothy, release the four and give them the broom so they may return to the wizard.
The Wizard is surprised to see the travelers, and reluctant to grant their requests. As they cower in fear, Toto playfully pulls aside the curtain that separates the Wizard from them. An ordinary man (Professor Marvel) speaking into a microphone is revealed. As the Wizard he performs graduation exercises, giving the Scarecrow a Doctor of Thinkology, making the Lion a member of the Legion of Courage and giving the Tinman a heart-shaped watch. He offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon. When the balloon accidentally takes off without Dorothy and Toto, Glinda returns to help Dorothy. She explains that all this time, Dorothy has had the power herself to go home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times and repeat to herself "there's no place like home."
Back in Kansas the storm is over. Dorothy wakes up confused, with a bump on her head. She and Toto were not the only ones who had an adventure during the storm. Miss Gultch was hit by a telegraph pole and broke her leg - she won't be bothering anyone for a while. Dorothy, glad to be home, appreciates her family and friends more than ever and vows to never leave again.