ELLSWORTH — Emma Campbell, who delivered a lively and polished performance at age 11 as Jane Banks in the 2015 production of “Mary Poppins,” will play Dorothy in The Grand’s “The Wizard of Oz,” opening at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5. The show runs through April 20.
Directed by Leslie Michaud, “The Wizard of Oz” also will feature Jennifer Myers as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West, Angela Bonacasa as Auntie Em/Glinda the Good Witch, Drew Myers as Hickory/Tin Man, Brady Kelly as Hunk/Scarecrow, Doug VanGorder as Professor Marvel/Oz, John Hamer as Uncle Henry/Oz Guard and Benjamin Chandler as Zeke/Cowardly Lion.
Lamoine resident Tom St. Clair’s Boston terrier Ivy and Ellsworth residents Mark and Celeste Deeny’s dog Hattie will make their theatrical debuts, taking turns as Toto.
Ashley Terwilliger is serving as musical director/choreographer of the show, whose chorus includes Karen Clark, Lauren Billings, Beth Alteri, Emma Kohr, Casey Hanson, Rylynn Clark, Winslow Hanson, Tara Young, Abbie Young, Mary Miller, Abby Miller, Harper Turner, Heather Brenner-Simpson, Bailey Clayton, Savannah Hasham, Kim Mileski, Megan Gerbi, Jarod Smith, Nolan Domagala, Kim Mileski, Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur, Viviana Dilena, Lucia Dilena, Amelia Ashmore, Ronan Frazier, Clementine Mislang, Asher Phillips, Elora Terwilliger, Joseph Wadman, Bronwyn Wachter, Zoey Mussmann, Lexi Blaisdell, Gavin Bubier, Sophia Bubier, Lucas Alteri, Zoey Hamer, Hadley Merrill and Davis Domagala.
In addition, the production staff includes Mary Clark (stage manager), Stephanie Urquhart (costume design), Preston Krenicki (set design/builder), Theo Dumas (lighting design/Asst. TD), Peter Miller (fly master/special effects) and Kimberly Fitch (production manager).
“If I Only Had a Brain,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” are among the many beloved songs from the 1939 hit movie musical starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley.
“The Wizard of Oz” will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 5-6 and April 12-13, and at 2 p.m. April 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20. Admission costs $20 per adult and seniors, $18 per Grand member and $12 for students (17 and under).
For more information on the production, or how you or your business can be a live theatre co-sponsor for “The Wizard of Oz,” call the box office at 667-9500. For more information on events at The Grand, visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheGrand1938/.