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Wizard of Oz opens Thursday on MHS stage
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The L. Frank Baum classic will come to life once again at Dorothy Mulvihill Theater.
That’s where the Manteca High Thespians under the direction of Dawn Coyan will perform the “Wizard of Oz” starting Thursday.
“The musical closely follows the much-loved move version and includes music and lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg,” said the English/ Visual and Performance-Drama teacher.
In this version, Vanesa Ellks is in the role of Dorothy, who is joined by the Scarecrow (Nate Padilla), the Tinman (Trevor Rafatti), and the Cowardly Lion (Rut Centeno).
All of the music will be performed live with help from the MHS band and professional adult musicians.
Included will be score such as “Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead,” and many others.
Tickets are $8 adults, $6 for students and children.
Opening night is Thursday (April 6) at 7 o’clock at the MHS, 450 E. Yosemite Ave. – the venue on the corner of East Yosemite Avenue and South Garfield Avenue.
Performances will also be held on Friday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m.
A Saturday matinee, in addition, is scheduled at 2 p.m., featuring understudies Bailey Hutchens, Katie Maki, and Jordan Marquis.
For more information, e-mail theater instructor Coyan at