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Wayne State Students to Present "The Magical Land of Oz"

for 50th Annual Children's Play

[updated 3-13-2008]

 

Wayne State College students will continue a theatre tradition on campus by introducing audiences to "The Magical Land of Oz" in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the annual children's play. Public performances will be hosted at 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 in Ramsey Theatre, located in Peterson Fine Arts Building on the Wayne State College campus. Admission prices are $3 for adults and $2 for children. School children from all over Northeast Nebraska will attend special performances during the seven-day run of the play.

 

Previous student casts have visited Oz on stage for WSC children's theatre performances in 1973 and 1989. Dorothy's house will again squash the Wicked Witch of the East in 2008 and the young girl and her dog, Toto, will set out on the adventure that has charmed millions. Colorful sets and imaginative costumes will add to the story as Dorothy meets her friends Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Woodsman on a remarkable journey on the yellow brick road. When they meet the great Oz, he will grant their wishes if they rid the world of the Wicked Witch of the West. The characters will visit Munchkin Country in the Land of Oz, the Forest of the Fighting Trees, the Palace of Oz and the Castle of the Wicked Witch.

 

Dr. Gwen Jensen of Wayne State College is director of the play. Janet Roney of WSC is technical director and the designer of scenes, costumes and lighting. Lesley Gangwish of WSC is house manager and director of publicity.

 

Students involved with the production include stage manager Crystal Moellenberndt of Aurora and Mary Kate Gilreath of Omaha as choreographers with Garrett Flamig of Hartington as makeup designer.

 

Cast List and Student Hometowns include:

Dorothy...........................................................Sarah Peters (Papillion)

Toto.................................................................Jeremy Baldwin ( Omaha)

Munchkin Boq................................................Amber Tennell (Papillion)

Munchkin Loq................................................Matthew Johnson (Hoskins)

Munchkin Toq................................................Yuliana Barquero ( Grecia, Costa Rica)

Munchkin Froq...............................................Ferron Wambold (Bancroft)

Munchkin Smoq.............................................Whitney Storie ( Oakland)

Glinda the Good, Witch of the North............Blair Sommerfeld ( Wayne)

Wicked Witch of the West.............................Mark Young (Mora, Minn.)

Scarecrow.......................................................Garrett Flamig (Hartington)

Tin Woodsman...............................................Dane Levi ( Norfolk)

Cowardly Lion................................................Eliott Anderson ( Lincoln)

Poppy One......................................................Kayla Seefus ( Fort Calhoun)

Poppy Two.....................................................Mary Kate Gilreath ( Omaha)

Poppy Three....................................................Crystal Moellenberndt ( Aurora)

Fighting Tree One...........................................Justin Pommier ( Fremont)

Fighting Tree Two..........................................Emily Buryanek ( Wayne)

Guardian of the Gates......................................Josh Stuehl ( Norfolk)

Oz....................................................................Matt Weinrich (Pierce)

Citizens of Oz:

   Fern..............................................................Amber Tennell (Papillion)

   Olive.............................................................Megan Morgan ( Sioux City, Iowa)

   Jade...............................................................Yuliana Barquero ( Grecia, Costa Rica)

   Kelly.............................................................Whitney Storie ( Oakland)

   Forest.............................................................Matthew Johnson (Hoskins)

   Myrtle............................................................Ferron Wambold (Bancroft)

Winged Monkey One........................................Sarah Smith ( Nebraska City)

Winged Monkey Two........................................Patrick Meneke (Tekamah)

Winged Monkey Three......................................Derek Hoffman ( Oakland)

Aunt Em.............................................................Jamie Nelson ( North Bend)

  

For reservations, please call Lesley Gangwish at 402-375-7407.


 

 

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