Youngsters follow the yellow brick road in 2 performances |

Youngsters follow the yellow brick road in 2 performances

Tracy Owen Chapman
Dan Thrift / Lake Tahoe Action / "Wizard of Oz" cast, from left, includes Riley Chapman (Scarecrow), Jack Percival (Cowardly Lion), Jayme Ringenberg (Toto), Ian Slater (Tin Man) and Angelee Brown as Dorothy.

Magical moments abound Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 when 45 children ages 5 to 13 from the Sierra Tahoe Youth Theater Workshop present their production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Jessica Uibel as Auntie Em and Kellen Gronwold as Uncle Henry are worried about Dorothy, portrayed by Angelee Brown, who becomes trapped in a tornado created by a group of dancers from the cast.

Twenty-six adorable munchkins, a munchkin city council and Glinda, the Good Witch (portrayed by Chandler Morgenstern), greet Dorothy when she lands in the enchanted land of Oz. Jayme Ringenberg plays Toto, who accompanies Dorothy on her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow (Riley Chapman), Tin Man (Ian Slater), Cowardly Lion(Jack Percival) and of course the Wicked Witch of the West, portrayed by Drew Norberg. Other cast members portray the talking trees and the winged monkeys. The great Oz is portrayed by Hunter Turney, and Megan Mize is the gatekeeper for the Wizard.

Directors and choreographers Liz Niven and Marcia Sarosik decided to provide scholarships for the two week workshop to participants whose homes were lost or damaged in the Angora Lakes fire, and proceeds from ticket sales will be used for fire victims.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the South Tahoe High School Theater. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime. Adults are $5 and children $3.

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