Off to see the wizard

Maryville High students bring ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to stage

Meeting Glenda the Good Witch in the Maryville High School production of “The Wizard of Oz” are, from left, Cody Norton as the Cowardly Lion, Dylan DePonte as the Tin Man, Gabe Meadows as the Scarecrow, Raine Palmer as Dorothy and Lucy as Toto.

Meeting Glenda the Good Witch in the Maryville High School production of “The Wizard of Oz” are, from left, Cody Norton as the Cowardly Lion, Dylan DePonte as the Tin Man, Gabe Meadows as the Scarecrow, Raine Palmer as Dorothy and Lucy as Toto.

Luke Fekete and Taylor Bozarth portray the Guardians of the Gate in the Maryville High School production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Luke Fekete and Taylor Bozarth portray the Guardians of the Gate in the Maryville High School production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Sarah Smith, playing the part of the Wicked Witch of the West, rehearses a scene in the Maryville High School production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Sarah Smith, playing the part of the Wicked Witch of the West, rehearses a scene in the Maryville High School production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Tin Man, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and “Toto, too,” will all make their way down the yellow brick road at Maryville High during the school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the 1930 film release of “The Wizard of Oz,” MHS students will present the only authorized dramatic version of the famous story. Adapted by Elizabeth Fuller Chapman from the story by L. Frank Baum, the production will feature MHS students portraying the beloved characters from the screen classic.

While the story on stage will be entertaining, organizers for the show also want spectators to get in on the fun. Audience members are encouraged to celebrate the anniversary by dressing as their favorite Oz character.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. All performances will be in the MHS auditorium.

Headline cast members include Raine Palmer as Dorothy, Gabe Meadows as Scarecrow, Dylan DePonte as the Tin Man, Cody Norton as the Cowardly Lion, Chad Fitzgerald as the Wizard of Oz, Sarah Smith as the Wicked Witch, Luke Fekete and Taylor Bozarth as the Guardians of the Gate and the dog Lucy as Toto.

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