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Sleepy Eye High School presents: The Wizard of Oz

September 7, 2008
Story, photos by Fritz Busch

More than 50 Sleepy Eye High School cast and crew members have been busy rehearsing over the summer in preparation for the 1939 American musical-fantasy film "The Wizard of Oz."

The production is the MGM movie version of the story based on the 1900 children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum.

The production's signature song "Over the Rainbow," sung by Judy Garland, was voted the greatest movie song of all time by the American Film Institute.

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From left, the Cowardly Lion (Josh Clevenger), Dorothy (Katie Schroeder) and Scarecrow (George Hirschboeck) go to see the Wizard of Oz.

The film is often ranked among the top ten best movies of all-time in various critics' and popular polls.

"Everyone loves 'The Wizard of Oz' so we are very excited for opening night," said director Sandy Brinkman.

"The cast, crew and technicians have been working hard to get ready...We have a terrific cast that has been wonderful and fun to work with," Brinkman added.

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If you go:

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008; 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008; 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

Where: Sleepy Eye High School Gym

Tickets: available one hour prior to performance

Adult tickets are $8, students $7 and children age 12 and under $5.

Many cast members play several roles.

The production comes with technical challenges like multiple sets, special effects, props and sound cues.

Brinkman praised her technical director, Mary Van Roekel and stage crew for working long hours with the rest of the cast that includes "Gracie," a real dog playing Toto.

Besides Brinkman and VanRoekel, the production staff includes Music Director Mary Kay DeMaris, Choreographer Gary Sassenberg, Student Director Paige Walter and Stage Manager Maria Steffl.

Adult tickets are $8, students $7 and children age 12 and under $5.



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