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August 12, 2010
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Hit the yellow brick road to 'The Wizard of Oz'

Summer Theatre Academy, in cooperation with Placer Union High School District, is presenting "The Wizard of Oz."

Students from Placer, Del Oro, Colfax, Bear River, Foresthill and Maidu High Schools, as well as many area middle schools, have devoted their summer towards creating an outstanding rendition of "The Wizard of Oz." Jessica Page, a Placer High School and Summer Theatre Academy alumni, has stepped into the role of director.

"Each and every member of the cast is extremely talented and eager to learn," says Page. "They have pushed themselves incredibly hard to both stay loyal to the story that everyone loves and to present that story in a new and innovative way.

"Many have not had formal voice or dance training, but their knowledge base and abilities increase with each passing day, and it has been wonderful to watch them grow as developing young performers and artists. One of the most impressive aspects of their group dynamics is their ability to form quick and strong friendships. With so many different schools and ages represented, the bonds that have formed in the last two months of rehearsals are truly remarkable."

Dorothy Gale, a young girl from Kansas, has always dreamed about what life is like somewhere over the rainbow - and one day, when a twister hits her hometown and carries her away, she finds herself in a world of color. After accidentally incurring the wrath of the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy embarks on a journey down the yellow brick road to ask the Wizard of Oz if he can send her home to Kansas.

Along the way, she meets Scarecrow, who wishes he had a brain, Tinman, who wishes he had a heart, and Lion, who is just one big scaredy-cat. After a perilous and, at times, hilarious journey, Dorothy learns that there really is "no place like home."

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