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Continuing a year of tremendous theatrical success, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to present The Wizard Of Oz, Jr. at Mineola High School on May 6 and 7. At only ninety minutes, this abridged version of the timeless classic is perfect for younger children!

Dorothy Gale (Isabella Posada) lives on a farm in Kansas with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. She keeps getting in the way while the adults work, so she finds a quiet place where she won’t get into any trouble —“Over The Rainbow.” The girl is upset when the mean Miss Gulch comes to take her dog Toto away. However, Toto escapes and joins Dorothy as she runs away from the farm. They meet the kind Professor Marvel, Austin Velez, who convinces Dorothy to go back home. When a cyclone hits, Dorothy and Toto seek shelter in her room, where Dorothy is accidentally hit on the head.
When she wakes up, her house has been carried to The Land of Oz, where it lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, freeing the Munchkins from the Witch’s power. The Wicked Witch of the West (Stephanie Toms) comes to avenge her sister’s death and to claim her sister’s magic ruby slippers, only to find them on Dorothy’s feet, where the Witch can’t get to them. Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas, but the the good witch Glinda(Sarah Stiehl) and the Munchkins tell her she must seek help from the Wizard of Oz. So Dorothy is off to see the Wizard. Along the way she meets three new friends and travel companions; the Scarecrow (Louis Schreib), the Tin Man (Miguel Velasquez), and the Lion (Robert Shevlin).

If you’d like to see how their journey ends, performances will take place at Mineola High School on Friday May 6 at 7:30pm, Saturday May 7 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Arrive at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon for a “Meet & Greet” photo opportunity with the characters. All youth groups are welcome, and should contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts directly at 516-237-2625. Tickets are available online by clicking on ‘Departments,’ then 'Fine Arts' and following the links for tickets.