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Take your family on an enchanted trip from Kansas to the magical Land of Oz this Aug., without ever leaving Reno. The Wizard of Oz whirls onto the stage of the Robert Z Hawkins Amphitheater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from Aug. 12 to 21.

Director Janet Lazarus, together with Musical Director Terry Thompson and Choreographer Amanda Albert have created a show featuring all the iconic characters you remember from the 1939 Oscar-winning movie: Dorothy, her faithful dog Toto, her traveling companions the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion and of course the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Cast, crew and the little dog, too

Sierra School of Performing Arts (SSPA) is producing the musical which includes more than 50 cast members ages 10 to 70, a live band and a production team of 10-15 people. “The talent in this cast is beyond amazing,” said Musical Director Thompson. “A few of our cast members have appeared in big time shows, including the TV shows ‘Smash’ and ‘American Idol.’” The one who may steal the show, however, is Chewy as Toto. who was rescued by the SPCA and taken in by trainer JR Johns.

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The Wizard of Oz shows for two weekends Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12, 13 and 14 and 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are available here. To complete the evening, there will be food and beverage trucks on site. A portion of the proceeds will go back to SSPA, which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality performing arts in our area.

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