About 64 Central Alberta kids are putting on ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The musical opens in Red Deer on Friday. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

WATCH: Central Alberta kids bring you The Wizard of Oz

Musical opens Friday in Red Deer

Dorothy and her dog Toto are coming to Red Deer on Friday to let fans tour the magical land of Oz.

Cornerstone Youth Theatre is putting on The Wizard of Oz with 64 Central Albertan children, from ages six to 18.

For the first time, the Cornerstone show will have a projection screen in the background, transforming fans to Kansas, Emerald City and Munchkinland.

Jacqui Fletcher, co-director, said the musical is exactly like the movie or the play that fans are familiar with. Those who catch the performance will enjoy the colour, costumes, choreography and the music.

“It’s very lively and good for all ages,” said Fletcher.

She said close to 80 Cornerstone Youth Theatre students auditioned for the musical that stars Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow.

The two- hour performance at the New Life Fellowship Christian Reformed Church includes songs like Over The rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead), If I Only Had a Brain/A Heart/The Nerve, We’re Off To See the Wizard and The Jitterbug.

The actors and crew, who are in their final week of rehearsals, have eight weeks in total to rehearse the show. Students rehearse in individual teams in the first seven weeks.

In the last week, the entire cast comes together to rehearse the entire two hour show with their costumes, props, sound and lights. The cast moved the equipment into the church on Sunday, and since then, they have been rehearsing with Fletcher and director Stephanie Orr.

The evening performance at 7 p.m. is scheduled on March 2, 3, 9 and 10. Matinee performances at 3 p.m. are scheduled on March 3, 10 and 11.

For more information visit cornerstoneyouththeatre.org.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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