Off to see the wizard with Town and Country Players

Wizard of Oz

(L to R) Alex Klein, Jeff Pilchman, Laura Lindmeier, and Paul Pride

Town and Country Players in Buckingham is bringing some of your favorite Wizard of Oz characters to life in its summer production of  the beloved musical. Written by L. Frank Baum, and directed by Reva Kazman, with music and lyrics from the MGM movie score, Wizard of Oz promises to be a highlight of Town and Country’s season.

In case you’ve been in a bunker for 75 years, and as an opportunity to introduce the cast members, here’s the storyline:

Dorothy (Laura Lindmeier) and her little dog, Toto (Alison Curran), are swept away from Kansas to the Land of Oz by a tornado. Dorothy’s adventure is off to a bad start however. Her house kills the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West (Lorie Baldwin), the sister of the dead witch, has threatened revenge.

Dorothy is desperate to get home again. She quickly finds out though that she has protection and help in Oz. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Alayna Rakes) gives Dorothy ruby slippers for protection. She also advises Dorothy that if she wants to get home, she should visit the Wizard (Tom McFarland). So Dorothy sets off on an adventure along the yellow brick road to find him. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow (Alex Klein) who needs a brain, a Tin Man (Paul Pride) who needs a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Jeff Pilchman) who wishes for courage. The three friends hope the Wizard will help them all get what they want. And let’s not mention the flying monkey part.

Charlie DeMets musically directs the well-known songs, and Nicole Calabrese choreographs the many dance numbers in the show.

Laura Lindmeier says the role of Dorothy is “a dream come true,” and her favorite number is, of course, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The Wizard of Oz” plays July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8 p.m., with matinee showings on July 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and are available online or by calling (800) 838-3006.

Town and Country Players is a non-profit community theater located on Route 263 in Buckingham. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in theater and the desire to help.

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