Wizard of Oz

Dorothy Gale, a young girl who lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, gets in the way while the adults try to work. She finds a quiet place where she won’t get into any trouble –Over The Rainbow. The girl is upset because their mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, presents her with a Sheriff’s summons for her cherished dog, Toto. Toto escapes from Miss Gultch’s bicycle basket and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet up with kind Professor Marvel, who convinces her to go back home. 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 accidently hit on the head. This begins their journey to the Land of Oz.
When she wakes up in Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Witch of the North (who has an uncanny resemblance to Aunt Em.) Upon landing, Dorothy’s house inadvertently lands on and fatally strikes the Wicked Witch of the East. This frees the Munchkins from the Wicked Witch of the East’s power, 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 the Munchkins tell her the only one who may help her get back home is the Wizard of Oz. So Dorothy is off to see the Wizard –Yellow Brick Road.
Along the way she meets three new friends and travel 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. All four sing We’re Off To See The Wizard.
The Wicked Witch of the West makes her second unsuccessful attempt to get Dorothy’s ruby slippers when Dorothy is with the Scarecrow and the Tinman. But 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.
Our travelers arrive at the Emerald City to be discouraged from entering by the Gatekeeper (Uncle Henry). He finally lets them in -Merry Old Land Of Oz. Before they are allowed to meet the Wizard, the travelers must be cleaned up by the Osians. Even after they prepare for the meeting, the Wizard refuses to meet them. The Wicked Witch appears again. The lion fantasizes 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 Wicked Witch of the West’s broomstick. The only way to get her broomstick would be to kill her. So off the foursome goes, 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 threatens Dorothy with her life. Toto manages to escape. The Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman recover from the poppies’ scent, and make it to the castle to rescue Dorothy. Toto meets them at the entrance, and they sneak in, wearing Winkie uniforms, as part of the Winkie army. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch prevents their escape. The Wicked Witch becomes even meaner 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, smoulders and shrinks. She melts into nothing. –Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead (reprise). The foursome take the broom back to the Wizard.
The Wizard is again reluctant to see the travelers, but 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 Dr. 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. The balloon accidently takes off without Dorothy and Toto, but Glinda saves the day. She explains to Dorothy 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 Gulch was hit by a telegraph pole and broke her leg. At least Miss Gulch won’t be bothering Toto for a while. Dorothy appreciates her family and friends even more than ever.

Cast/Characters

Dorothy Gale – Faith Laska

Toto – Kessa Aqua

Aunt Em/Glinda – Jackie Blindauer

Uncle Henry/ Emerald City Guard – Brian Leffin

Hickory/ Tinman – Ryan Eckels

Hunk/ Scarecrow – Scott Schmidt

Zeke/ Cowardly Lion – Cheryl Buehler

Miss Gultch/ Wicked Witch – Lorraine Selinski

Professor Marvel/ Wizard – Bob Deyo

Crows – Neil Beaton, Eric Eberhardy, William R. Lund

Apple Trees – Melanie Frehse, Julia Meyer, Melissa Nack

Winkie General – Micheal Bennett

Nikko, Commander of Monkeys – Clark Kirst

Ghosts – Destiny Kortman, William R. Lund, Jason Methfessel, Andria O’Connell

Lead Jitterbug – Tanya Masbruch

Jitterbugs – Melanie Frehse, Julie Masbruch, Julia Meyer, Kat Moungey, Melissa Nack, Nadine Nack

Second Monkey – Jim Granacker

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Musical Director: Dan Ognavic & Sue Reichel

Choreographer: Sue Darrow

Stage Manager: Peter Moody

Asst. Stage Manager: Todd Jaeger

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Benjamin J. Gartmann

Light Design: Dean Wicker

Master Electrician: Vince Freer

Sound Design: Scott Heck

Properties: Karen Held

Make-Up Design: Cathy Perronne, Diane Sciarra

Master Carpenter: Glenn Schultz

Paint Master: JoAnn Kudirko

Cover Art: Bev Nowicki

Lobby Photography: Irish Studios

Orchestra

Conductor & Keyboard: Dan Ognavic, Sue Reichel

Clarinet: Michelle Bishop, Curt Hancock, Sherri Wittkopf

Flute: Cathy Perronne

Trumpet: Tom Engman

Percussion: Rob Vandersteen, Mike Underwood