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Massive production brings Oz to life at Jasper Arts Center

Actors Community Theatre will present the summer production of “The Wizard of Oz” this week. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and continues Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The final show is this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. All shows are at the Jasper Arts Center near VUJ.

It is nothing short of spectacular witnessing the controlled chaos of the hundreds of young extras, supporting artists, stage crew, actors, actresses, lighting, wardrobe changes, set piece movements, singing, dancing, and laughing on the journey along the yellow brick road to the ultimate climax of self-actualization and inner strength in the Actors Community Theatre production of the stage adaption of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz”.

Originally published in 1900 and made into the classic movie in 1939, the tale has become a part of our pop culture. And though many know it and have even watched it or the iterations since the 1939 film, they may have forgotten some bits of the story here and there.

If you’d like a refresher on Dorothy’s journey from Kansas to Oz and back again, opening night is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue through the weekend: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the final show on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the link in this event, or at www.ActorsCommunityTheatre.com

We are all Dorothy at some point in our lives; we all go on a journey to discover what our home truly is.

Director Nan Bailey

Full playbill at the end.

Here are some behind-the-scenes images of the ACT Production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Photos by Matthew and Amy Crane.

Emily Frisz plays Dorothy Gale with help from Toto, as played by Vaughn Kerkhoff.
The Munchkins celebrate Dorothy’s accidental victory over the Wicked Witch of the East.
The Scarecrow, played by Leo Rasche, makes his entrance as Dorothy begins her journey on the yellow brick road.
Grace Bartley brings Glinda to life in the ACT production of “The Wizard of Oz”. Here she makes her initial entrance to welcome Dorothy to the Land of Oz.
Alisha Bailey helped create and design the costumes and wardrobes in the production. Here she helps Ty Hunter prepare to enter the stage as the Cowardly Lion.
Dorothy meets Professor Chester Marvel, played by Alec Lechner wearing a familiar turban.
Adria Paulin, 14, Ferdinand, helps her friend, Zoey Yates, 12, Jasper, with her makeup with help from Amilia Marinin.
Beatrice Lueken, 8, (in hat), and Lydia Ihle, 10, work on a sticker book together backstage while waiting to return for a musical and dance performance. The pair were munchkins in the ACT production of “The Wizard of Oz”.
The Cowardly Lion, played by Ty Hunter, beams after receiving a makeover by the Ozzians before attempting to meet the Wizard for the first time.
The Wicked Witch of the West, played by Hannah Ingersol, gives her legion of Winkies a dressing down before sending them away.
The growing troupe meets and helps out the Tinman, played by Reggie Matute, as they continue on their journey to see the Wizard.
Between acts, the three actors portraying the familiar characters receive a helpful cooling breeze backstage from Devin Koch.