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'Wizard of Oz' to be performed at Blackduck High School

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The Blackduck High School Theater Department is preparing for its usual fall extravaganza — and this year's production is the ever-popular musical, "The Wizard of Oz."

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Students and their directors have been hard at work since late August preparing for Kansas, Munchkinland, The Emerald City, Witch's Castle, and more — working on acting, musical numbers, costuming, set design and all of the amazing and varied things that go into staging any play — let alone, a musical, and one that has been beloved by four generations.

Director Jennifer Parker, assistant director Kari Slindee and accompanist Judy Ross have been preparing 63 students to perform on the stage and backstage.

Public Performances are Dinner Theater on Friday, Nov. 1 — which requires advance reservations and is nearly sold out. Tickets will be available at the door for the performances on Saturday, Nov. 2 with curtain time at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students in grades K-12.

One unusual feature of this year's show is that 19 fourth grade students have been recruited to play Munchkins and Flying Monkeys.

Lead roles include, Maile Olson as Dorothy; Michaela Holmgren as Hunk/Scarecrow; Jenna Nestberg as Hickory/Tin Man; Jay Cheney as Zeke/Cowardly Lion; Dimitrius Haro as Uncle Henry and the Emerald City Gate Guard; Mackenzie Stenson as Auntie Em — as well as other important chorus roles: Mike O'Reilly as Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz, Kristie Slindee as Almira Gultch/The Wicked With of the West and Madison Stomberg as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.

These are just a few of the many students involved. A couple of the most entertaining scenes include song and dance numbers performed by 10 girls playing the poppies as well as the beauticians in Emerald City.

The talented crew is led by the experience of student director Ben Anderson, who is in his second year in this most important role. Along with Anderson, 14 crew members, 12 cast members and the directors have spent hundreds of hours preparing an impressive stage set and getting ready to bring The Wizard of Oz to life, here in Blackduck.

The public is invited to join us for a great production and to celebrate the talents of students in Blackduck High School — AND in the fourth grade.

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