SMTS stages “Wizard of Oz” this weekend

SHERBURNE – Come hear all of your favorite songs and see all of the beloved characters, from the Tinman, to the Lion, to Dorothy herself, when Sherburne Music-Theater Society and the Earlville Opera House bring “The Wizard of Oz,” at 8 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug.13 to the Sherburne-Earlville High School Auditorium.

Donna Moren directs “The Wizard of Oz,” the Royal Shakespeare Company version of the show. It includes many of the songs from the well-loved 1939 movie, including the favorite “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The story of the Wizard of Oz is a classic that is beloved among all generations. When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog, Toto, put to sleep, Dorothy (Jenni Larchar) takes Toto to run away. A cyclone appears and carries her to the magical Land of Oz where she meets a whole village of Munchkins and Glinda the Good Witch of the North (Heather Bagnall). Wishing to return to Kansas, Glinda instructs her to “follow the Yellow Brick Road” to the Emerald City where she will meet and gain help from the great Wizard of Oz (Richard Heim). On her way she meets a Scarecrow (Adrian Enscoe) who needs a brain, a Tin Man (Michael Moren) who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Frank Bianchi) who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West (Cindy Neal) catches up with them.

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