oz 3In the classic “Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy and her dog Toto live on a farm in Kansas. When a nasty neighbor tries to have her dog put to sleep, Dorothy decides to run away, but she and Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the Land of Oz. Wishing to return home, she begins to travel to the Emerald City to meet the “great and powerful” Wizard. On the way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. She’s helped by Glinda the Good Witch of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys. After much adventure, Dorothy is able to tap her heels together three times, repeating “There’s no place like home,” and her ruby slippers take her and Toto back to Kansas.

Opening night for “The Wizard of Oz” is Thursday, March 12h at 7:00 p.m. Theater goers can also choose from five other 7 p.m. performances: Friday, March 13th; Saturday, March 14th; Wednesday, March 18th; Thursday, March 19th; and Friday, March 20th. A matinee performance will be available on Sunday, March 15h, at 3:00 p.m.

Northwest Christian Senior Hannah Underwood plays Dorothy; Senior Jonah Taylor plays the Scarecrow; Senior Adam Gaines plays the Tin Man; Senior Jordan Seiersen plays
Auntie Em; Senior Kiley Mossey plays the Wicked Witch; and Senior Shea Montgomery plays the Wizard of Oz. Junior Noah Raver plays the Cowardly Lion; Junior Erin Whitley plays the role of Glinda; and Freshmen Andrew Wells plays Uncle Henry. The total cast numbers nearly 70 students.

This musical features such songs as “Over the Rainbow,” “We Thank You Very Sweetly,” “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” “The Lollipop Guild,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard.”

All shows will be presented in the Northwest Christian Chapel at the school’s Upper Campus at
5104 E. Bernhill Road in Colbert. Admission is $10.00 per person.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to nwcs.org/get-theater-tickets-now/ .

Photo by: Kathleen Young

The Tin Man, on the left, is played by Adam Gaines; Dorothy, middle left, is played by Hannah Underwood; the Cowardly Lion, middle right, is played by Noah Raver; and the Scarecrow, on the right, is played by Jonah Taylor.