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The Yellow Brick Road leads to The Norvell Theater starting next week

The PPT version, opening next Thursday night, is a faithful adaptation of the film.

The Wizard ( Hunter Baynes) pins a heart on the Tin Man (Corbit Elliott) with the Lion  Ryan Albinus and the Scarecrow (Keshun Bradley) on the right. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

The Wizard ( Hunter Baynes) pins a heart on the Tin Man (Corbin Elliott) with the Lion (Ryan Albinus) and the Scarecrow (KeShun Bradley) on the right. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

Sara Richard (Wicked Witch) and the Flying Monkeys (Ellie Cardelle in front left and Mary  Grace Cardells, in back. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

Sara Richard (Wicked Witch) and the Flying Monkeys (Ellie Cardelle in front left and Mary
Grace Cardelle, in back. photo by Wayne Hinshaw, for the Salisbury Post

By Josh Wainright, PPT

Like so many young girls, Dorothy Gale dreams of what lies over the rainbow.  Dorothy and her beloved dog Toto live on the Kansas farm of her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, until the day a cyclone hits the area.  Locked out of the family’s storm cellar, the pair seek shelter in the house, where Dorothy is accidently hit on the head and knocked unconscious.  Upon awakening in a strange new world she is greeted by Glinda, the Witch of the North and discovers her house has inadvertently landed on and killed the Wicked Witch of the East.

Although she is a hero to the Munchkins, who have been released from the evil witches power, the Wicked Witch of the West appears to claim her sister’s magic ruby slippers only to discover that Glinda has already put them on Dorothy’s feet.  Furious, she vows to avenge her sister’s death and reclaim the slippers for herself.

Desperate to return home, Dorothy sets off to find the one man who can help her!  Along the way, she befriends and is joined by the Scarecrow, who wants a brain, the Tin Woodman, who desires a heart, and the Cowardly Lion, who is in need of courage.   The foursome head down the Yellow Brick Road on a journey to find The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film based on the 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.  The film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale and is most notable for its use of fantasy storytelling, musical score, and unusual characters, and has become an icon of American popular culture. Nominated for six Academy Awards, the film was a box office disappointment on its initial release.  However, the 1956 broadcast television premiere of the film on CBS reintroduced the movie to the wider public and eventually made it one of the best known films in movie history.

Although there are two stage versions of the Wizard of Oz, the Piedmont Players version, which opens next Thursday night, is a more faithful adaptation of the film. A technically complex production including 3 giant projection screens, PPT’s final youth production of the season follows the dialogue and structure of the MGM classic; including iconic songs Over The Rainbow, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, If I Only Had A Brain and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

Come join Dorothy and the gang as they travel the world of Dorothy’s imagination live on stage at the Norvell Theater!  The Wizard of Oz plays at the Norvell Theater, 135 E. Fisher St., July 14-16 & 21-23 at 7:30 with matinees on July 16, 17 & 23 at 2:30pm.  Adults $12, Students/Seniors $10.  For tickets call 704-633-5471 or purchase online at piedmontplayers.com.  Producing Partners: F&M Bank and Salisbury Community Foundation.

 

MEET THE CAST

Dorothy- Graham Harrington

Glinda/Aunt Em- Morgan Austin

Guard/Uncle Henry- William Clark

Cowardly Lion/Zeke- Ryan Albinus

Tinman/Hickory- Corbin Elliott

Scarecrow/Hunk- KeShun Bradley

Wicked Witch/Gulch- Sara Beth Richard

The Wizard/Professor- Hunter Baynes

The Crows- Tanner Groppi, Amery Barton, Alex Blumenthal

Citizens of Emerald City- Joseph Clark, Drew Gobbel, Carson Sifford, Jack Wilhelm, Owen Teague, Alex Gobbel, Meredith Swaim, Hunter Cates, Kaylee Hawley, Berkley Loeblein, Korbynne Hill, Madisyn Rey, Mary Katherine Brown, Zoe Watson

Munchkins/Flying Monkeys- Ariel Keaton, Mary Grace Cardelle, Ellie Cardelle, Peyton Connolly, Grace Bemus, Kalynn Bailey, Abby Campion, Matthew Lynch, Ava Morris, Miles Abramson, Maggie Cross, Allison Tish, Stella Koontz, Drew Bitzer, Cooper Fleeman, Jordan Dry, Sari Lewin, Emily Meres, Lucy Blakeley, Alaina Lopez

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