Students to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Hickory (Jacob Garber), Aunt Em (Demelia Funk), Dorothy (Harper Smith), Scarecrow (EllaWynn Laipple), Tinman (Jacob Enneking) and Glinda (Jessica Gruber) rehearse for the musical “The Wizard of Oz” on Monday, November 1.

Sabetha High School students plan on presenting the musical “The Wizard of Oz” in multiple performances next week.

Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 12, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Sabetha Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The orphaned Dorothy lives on the Kansas prairie with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry and her little black dog, Toto. When a cyclone hits, Dorothy is looking for Toto, so she doesn’t get to the cyclone cellar in time. Suddenly, the cyclone lifts the house with Dorothy and Toto inside high in the air. Dorothy wakes up in the Land of Oz, where she discovers that her house has landed on and killed the Wicked Witch of the East. Dorothy meets the Munchkins and the good Witch of the North — Glinda — who gives Dorothy the dead Witch’s ruby slippers. Dorothy wants to return to Kansas, but to do so, she must travel to the Emerald City to ask the help of the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy sets out on this challenging journey protected by the Witch of the North.

In the first part of the journey, Dorothy finds traveling companions. She rescues a Scarecrow from his lonely life on his pole in a field. The Scarecrow asks to accompany her on her journey so he can ask the Great Oz for a brain. Soon, they come across a Tin Woodman, who has been rusted in place for a year. Dorothy helps rescue him by oiling his joints. The Tin Woodman also asks to join the trip so he can ask the Great Oz for a heart. As the travelers continue through the forest, a Cowardly Lion scares them. Dorothy slaps the lion for scaring Toto. The Cowardly Lion admits he is a coward and wants to join the others so he can ask the Great Oz for courage.

When Dorothy and her friends finally arrive at the Emerald City, the Great Oz agrees to meet them and will grant their wishes only when they have killed the Wicked Witch of the West. So, the travelers set out for the land of the Winkies in the West. When the Wicked Witch of the West tries to set fire to the Scarecrow, Dorothy throws water on the witch by accident and melts her.

Back in the Emerald City, the travelers demand that the Great Oz fulfill his promises. Toto accidentally knocks down a screen that reveals the Great Oz is, in fact, a little old man. Still, the Great Oz, who reveals he is from Nebraska, uses his humbug wizardry to fulfill the Scarecrow’s, Tin Woodman’s and Cowardly Lion’s wishes. The Wizard claims he can transport them back home in a hot air balloon. But at the time of departure, the balloon accidentally takes off with the Great Oz but not Dorothy, who is chasing after Toto.

Close to losing all hope, Dorothy learns that she must ask Glinda the Good Witch of the North how to get home. Glinda tells Dorothy she can click together the heels of her Ruby slippers three times and command them to take her home. Dorothy does this after bidding her friends a tearful goodbye. Very soon, Dorothy arrives home again in Kansas, without her magical shoes, but happy to be home and in the arms of her Aunt Em.


Cast members include Harper Smith as Dorothy, Demelia Funk as Glinda, Jessica Gruber as Aunt Em, Kodi Miller as Uncle Henry and a guard, Krae Aberle as Hunk, EllaWynn Laipple as the Scarecrow, Jacob Grimm as Zeke, Joshua Grimm as the Cowardly Lion, Jacob Garber as Hickory, Jacob Enneking as the Tin Woodman, Kristi Edelman as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch and Hayden Lippert as Professor Marvel/Oz.

Samantha Arnold, Avery Baumgartner and Abbey Gugelman will portray the Trees.

The Oz Beauticians are played by Eve Bailey, Revé Nonnast and Audrey Herrmann. Oz Polishers are played by Nyah Strahm, Alexia Hayden and Kylah Edelman. The Oz Manicurists are played by Olivia Baumgartner, Naomi Pearson, Serenity Pekarek and Eva Payne. Poppies, Jitterbugs and snow are all played by the Beauticians, Polishers and Manicurists.

Tristan Schmid will play the Winkie General and Krae Aberle will portray Nikko.

The Munchkins are played by Jessa Kibbe, Josiah Richardson, James Salman, Jayce Rebant, Avery Herrmann, Kami Menold, Halle Renyer, Bristol Menold, Jaiden Miller, Kenzie Ploeger, Maddy Devore, Hadlee Schuette, Sutton Davis, Flint Lowdermilk and Brantley Bunck.

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