‘Oz’ gang on stage at ThunderRidge High School


L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” has become part of our national heritage, with its heroine, Dorothy, her trusty little dog Toto and her special friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.

ThunderRidge High School’s theater department will present a version of the musical by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, which was adapted for the Royal Shakespeare Company by John Kane, May 2 to 4. Kylene Hurley is director. Based on the classic motion picture, it will of course remind us that what we most desire is found in our hearts and in our homes.

ThunderRidge Thespians are honored to have their January production, “Lend Me a Tenor,” adjudicated one of 14 invited to the Educational Theater Association’s International Thespian Convention at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Campus June 24 to 29. There will be a performance at the school on June 22.

Dorothy leaves her Kansas home in a cyclone, travels over the rainbow and into the magical land of Oz. Here, she makes new friends and some pretty scary enemies such as the Wicked Witch of the West. With help from Glinda the Good Witch — and those red slippers — she and Toto find the way home.

Dorothy is played by Katie Rudolph, with Austin Woods as her Scarecrow buddy, Caleb Holden as Tin Man and Darryl Shaver as Cowardly Lion. Caitlin Ard cackles as the Wicked Witch and Cara Sullivan is sweet Glinda. Zach Martin is the Wizard of Oz; Elise Collins is Aunt Em and Ryan Sullivan is Uncle Henry. Alex Oliver is the Guard.

Hannah Mills is Dance Captain, with a troupe of eight, and there are 27 chorus members. Members of the large tech crew, headed by Mike Snell, promise great special effects. The orchestra is conducted by Mark Wurst and vocal director is Ryan Wolterstorff.


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