“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” Everybody should be familiar with these iconic lines from The Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy clicks her ruby red slippers together to return to Kansas from a mythical land of whimsy.
Based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel of the same name, The Wizard of Oz, debuted on the silver screen in 1939. It tells the story of young, head-in-the-clouds Dorothy growing up in Kansas on her aunt and uncles’ farm.
A tornado touches down near the farmstead, and Dorothy, trapped in her house, is knocked out by flying debris. She wakes to find she and the house have been swept up by the twister and are flying through the sky. The house crashes, and Dorothy quickly realizes she’s not in Kansas anymore.
She has landed in the magical world of Oz and unintentionally killed the Wicked Witch of the East. Under the instruction of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, Dorothy, along with her beloved dog, Toto, follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City in search of the Wizard of Oz, who might be able to help them get home.
Along the way she befriends a group of misfits. There’s the brainless scarecrow, the cowardly lion and the heartless tin man. The group is off to see the wizard, but encounter plenty of harrowing adventures along the way.
The Wizard of Oz has become one of the most beloved films of all time, inspiring numerous sequels, prequels, dramatizations, spin-offs and reinterpretations. Now the Warsaw Community High School Drama Department is having a go at the material.
WCHS Drama Department will perform The Wizard of Oz at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center next weekend. There are showings at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, and a 2:30 p.m. showing on Sunday, Nov. 16.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for preschoolers. Presale tickets are available. Contact the box office at (574) 371-5040.