Follow the arts council down the Yellow Brick Road

July 4, 2014

There is no place like home.

And next weekend, there will be no place like London High School.

Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) has announced tickets are now on sale for “The Wizard of Oz,” its summer countywide production. The classic musical — celebrating its 75th year — will take place July 10-12, at London High School. The evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday’s matinee curtain will go up at 3 p.m.

Prices are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. All tickets are $5 for a ‘Thrifty Thursday’ performance on July 10. Tickets will also be available at the door. All seats are general admission. Contact cast members to order beforehand.

“The Wizard of Oz” is the well-known story of Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale who gets swept away to a magical land where she links forces with a trio of interesting characters who help her find her way home. While the Wizard could grant her wish, the quartet must first defeat a wicked witch to show their worthiness.

This year’s stage director is Stephanie Stephens. She has directed a plethora of high school and community shows in Madison County, as well as in the Columbus area.

The main characters include wide-eyed Dorothy (played by Brynne Mayne), a goofy Scarecrow (Paul Oswalt), a philosophical tin man (Nathan Haley), a nervous lion (Clayton Burke), an evil witch (Lynne McPherson), her goody-goody counterpart (Julie Oswalt), and a mysterious wizard (Kevin Lohr).

Last summer, MCAC presented “Guys and Dolls” at Jonathan Alder High School. Other past shows include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Anything Goes,” “Oklahoma,” “Pirates of Penzance” and “The Music Man.”