Arts Council’s ‘Oz’ hits London stage July 10-12


(Posted July 2, 2014)

There is no place like home.

And next weekend, there will be no place like London High School when Madison County Arts Council presents “The Wizard of Oz.”

Performances of the classic musical, celebrating its 75th anniversary, are set for 7:30 p.m. July 10-12 plus a matinee show at 3 p.m. July 12. All seats are general admission.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting any cast member. As the show approaches, times may be set up where the public can come to rehearsals to purchase tickets. Prices are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. All tickets are $5 for the ‘Thrifty Thursday” performance on July 10. Tickets will also be available at the door.

“The Wizard of Oz” is the well-known story of Kansas farm girl, Dorothy Gale, who gets swept away to a magical land where she links forces with a trio of interesting characters who help her find her way home. While the Wizard could grant her wish, the quartet must first defeat a wicked witch to show their worthiness.

This year’s stage director is Stephanie Stephens. She has directed a plethora of high school and community shows in Madison County and the Columbus area.

The main characters include wide-eyed Dorothy (played by Brynne Mayne), a goofy Scarecrow (Paul Oswalt), a philosophical tin man (Nathan Haley), a nervous lion (Clayton Burke), an evil witch (Lynne McPherson), her goody-goody counterpart (Julie Oswalt), and a mysterious wizard (Kevin Lohr).

Last summer, the Arts Council presented “Guys and Dolls” at Jonathan Alder High School. Other past shows include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Anything Goes,” “Oklahoma,” “Pirates of Penzance” and “The Music Man.”

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