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The Surry Arts Council will present “The Wizard of Oz”, directed by Madeline Matanick, this weekend.
“This production is dedicated to the sweet memory of Betty Lynn, the girl from Mount Airy in Kansas City who clicked on her heels and followed her rainbow to Hollywood, Mayberry and Mount Airy,” said the arts council about the production. Lynn, known across the country as Thelma Lou from The Andy Griffith Show, died on Saturday
The play will begin Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Additional shows will be on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and the last show will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. entertained audiences for generations.
When a tornado ravages Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are taken to their home to the magical land of Oz. There they follow the yellow brick road to the emerald city to meet the sorcerer and, along the way, meet the scarecrow, who needs a brain, the tinsmith, whose heart is missing, and the lion. coward, who is looking for courage. Together, they meet The Wizard, who tasks the group with bringing her the Wicked Witch of the West’s Broom, in order to gain her aid and send Dorothy back to her home in Kansas.
The production includes classic songs, such as “Over the Rainbow”, “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)”, “If I Only Had A Brain / Heart / The Nerve”, “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road) ”,“ The Jitterbug ”and“ The Merry Old Land of Oz ”.
The production stars Cassidy Mills as Dorothy Gale, Aspen Jackson as Glinda / Aunt Em, Tom Beckom as Uncle Henry, Scott Carpenter as Scarecrow / Hunk, David Timm as Tinman / Hickory, Katelyn Gomez as the Cowardly Lion / Zelda, Amanda Barnard as the Wicked Witch of the West / Almira Gultch, and David Nielsen as the Wizard of Oz / Professor Marvel, with Jason Hoerter as Winkie General, Corey Barr as Nikko and Miss Mac Banfield as Toto.
Munchkins Alek Riggs, Anne Rachel Sheppard, Atticus Hawks, Brooke Nichols, Carleigh Jo Mills, Chloe Vinson, Claire Youell, Elijah Garcia, Ellie Kniskern, Isabell Hoerter, Jackie Delacruz, Juliet Barnard, Kaitlyn Holladay, Maddie Youell, support the main cast. Maggie Wallace, MaKenna Holladay, Makenna Wall, Morgan Shipley, Noelle Snow and Remi DeVore, as well as Winkies Cooper Mauck, Gregory Matthews, Maddie Youell, Noah Wilkes and Thomas Holladay, Crows Casey Mitchell, Corey Barr, Django Burgess and Walker York, Trees Ashley Mills, Molly Easter, Raegan Amos and Tess Ramey, and the flying monkeys Alek Riggs, Carleigh Jo Mills, Isabell Hoerter and Juliet Barnard.
Acting as Ozians / Poppies / Ensemble are Abigail Gerber, Anne Rachel Sheppard, Ashley Mills, Ava Chrismon, Carline Williams, Casey Mitchell, Charlotte Banfield, Cooper Mauck, Corey Barr, Django Burgess, Elle Pomeroy, Emily Jones, Gregory Matthews , Hannah Hiatt, Jackie Delacruz, Jason Hoerter, Julia-Ann Banfield, Juliet Barnard, Kaitlyn Holladay, Kinston Nichols, LillyRuth Beck, Maddie Youell, Mae Danley, Michael Senter, Molly Easter, Morgan Shipley, Noah Wilkes, Raegan Amos, Remi DeVore , Sierra Nichols, Tess Ramey, Thomas Holladay, Walker York, and Zinnia Burgess.
Director Madeline Matanick, Music Director Jane Tesh, Technical Director and Choreographer Tyler Matanick, Director Emily Mauck, Assistant Director Melissa Venable, Assistant Director Jordan Dover, Dance Captains Julia-Ann Banfield and LillyRuth Beck, lighting designer are part of the production team. Paul Denny, prop master Katy Denny, makeup artist Susan Lawrence, lighting designer Patrick MacDaniel and backstage Hand Max Barnard, with sound effects by Chad Barnard at the Falling Trees Recording Studio and costumes by Amanda Barnard, Madeline Matanick and Shelby Coleman.
The Pit Orchestra is made up of Jane Tesh and Teresa Martin on keyboard, Darrell Beck on conductor, Brady Reed on percussion, Pam Parker on flute and Bobby Heller on clarinet / saxophone.
Masks are compulsory for all spectators. For tickets or other show information, visit www.surryarts.org or call the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998.