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Last chances to see Christmas in the Land of Oz
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Christmas in the Land of Oz adult cast members. (Photo by Susan Bloczynski)

Only two more times remain to see the magical production of “Christmas in the Land of Oz”: Thursday, December 13, and Saturday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors age 65 and over and kids age 12 and under.

Dorothy desperately needs to help Aunt Em and Uncle Henry as they struggle to find water for their cattle, so she finds a way to travel back to Oz to seek help. Once she arrives, she finds that Oz has problems of its own.  The winged monkeys are stealing Christmas decorations and cookies and King Scarecrow, King Tin Woodman and King Cowardly Lion are struggling to deal with the monkeys as well as trying to understand the meaning of Christmas. Along the way these three learn some very valuable lessons of their own. 

Come see the down-home simplicity of the Kansas set, as well as the lovely glittery backdrop of the Oz throne room that changes colors to help set scene moods. See the impressive costumes created by Sharon Zales and Laura Merwin, with assistance from Laura’s mother, Susan Price.

The cast is as follows: Dorothy. Ilana Bloczynski; Toto, Oz Pierson; Aunt Em, Sharon Zales; Uncle Henry, Glen Dunne; King Scarecrow, Elijah Jennings; King Tin Woodman, Duane Rose; King Cowardly Lion, Cameron Cormican; Verda, Talena Sprecher; Guard, Arabella Vester-Sass; Gilda, Laura Merwin; Westa, Jennifer Hunn; Wotana, Melissa Sprecher; Glinda, Autumn Lent; Welder, Sam Merwin; Lead Monkey, Eli Durst; Monkeys-Munchkins, Gable Pooley, Dawson Hunn, Liam Fingerson, Annabeth Sprecher, Noah Clark, Syler Lent, Stella Raven Woodhouse.

The production team is made up of: props, Louise Murphey and Daniel Carlson; set, Greg Schmitt, Duane Rose and cast members; stage manager, Autumn Lent; house manager, Susan Bloczynski; lights and sound, Brandon Merkle and Parker Hunn.

House staff members include Mamie Pooley, Craig Woodhouse, Rhiannon and Aaron Bloczynski, McKaylah Bradley, Jess Bell, Joseph Caples, Barbi Hilleshiem, Kathleen Schoen, Mysti and Aundrea Nundahl, and Associated Bank personnel.

The directors are Nathan MacDougal and Daniel Carlson. The assistant director is Sharon Zales.