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Follow the yellow brick road to the Empress Theatre Society’s Wizard of Oz

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Hold on to your hats, The Wizard of Oz is blowing into town this spring at the Empress Theatre.

Actors from several local communities will bring Dorothy and her friends to life in the annual musical theatre production May 13-14 and May 17-21.
The script is based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, an American children’s novel written by author L. Frank Baum in 1900.
“It was our priority to produce a children’s play this year and we chose The Wizard of Oz because of the large cast and familiar score,” says Erin Bourke-Henderson, the play’s director.
The cast is a diverse group that spans generations, from ages six to 75.
“There are some locals and many others from surrounding communities, including Claresholm, Stavely, Granum and Lethbridge,” says Bourke-Henderson. “We have both experienced and new players alike, but I am most excited for the opportunity for the young kids in the play — 15 adorable munchkins who will surely steal the hearts of our audiences.”
By the time the curtain opens, cast members will have spent at least 100 hours in rehearsal, in addition to the many hours spent memorizing their lines and learning music outside of rehearsal times. The production team has spent dozens of hours building props and sets and organizing costumes.
There are some key differences between this production and the 1939 movie, including the absence of Dorothy’s famous canine friend, Toto, as well as her ruby slippers, which were changed from silver to red in the movie to take advantage of the state-of-the-art Technicolor film.
The show is a family-friendly production. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. A special afternoon matinee will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children and seniors, available at www.macleodempress.com or by phoning 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229).

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