If you're looking for a trip down memory lane that the entire family can enjoy, look no further than the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse's presentation of the timeless classic "The Wizard of Oz," which will make its debut — for one show only — at 3 p.m. Saturday at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

The fall finale production, adapted and directed by Whitney Wyatt, will feature students who have participated in the theater's fall Fine Arts Academy.

Wyatt, a talented actress herself and experienced teacher, also helped the students design costumes, props and sets for their finale, which is sure to have a full house.

"This production of 'The Wizard of Oz' got off to a bumpy start, but we had a wonderful group of students and worked quickly to make up for the lost time," Wyatt said. "We debated on canceling the semester because of how many of us were affected by Hurricane Harvey, but decided to continue on because it means so much to the students to have this creative outlet to disappear to."

Following the journey of Dorothy Gale, played by Jordan Emmitte, the production stays true to form as Dorothy tries to find her way home as she travels to Munchkin Land, meeting a few characters along the way to see The Great Wizard of Oz.

"This was a fun play to do, it's a magical ride," Emmitte said.

Along the way, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch, played by Julie Hall, and the Wicked Witch of the West played by Jadean Hall, two sisters who have performed in the Fine Arts Academy for the past three years.

Jadean Hall, who has never played a mean character, and Julie, who has never played a sweet character admits this adaptation was a big change for them, role-wise.

"Although this was a little bit of challenge for me as far as being 'mean,' I've had the most wonderful time playing this role," Jadean Hall said. "My experiences at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse have been amazing. All the shows here are wonderful."

Dorothy next runs into the Scarecrow, played by Ava Jackson. And although this is Jackson's first big role, she was excited to step up for the challenge, she said.

"I stepped out of my comfort zone and I've learned that I can do a lot more than I thought I could," Jackson said.

Alissa Alvarado, who says that the theater is her second home and considers everyone attached to it as family, was cast as the Tin Man, and Ryleigh Shubert plays the Cowardly Lion.

"There is no place like home — but theater is home to me," Shubert said. "I love putting on the show. When we see the audience's faces, it's magical!"

Rounding out the cast is Dallas Taylor (Wizard of Oz), Johanna Nolder (Munchkin Mayor and Flying Monkey), Zachary Cochran (Munchkin Coroner and Winkie Soldier), Isaac Alvarado (Uncle Henry, Doorman and Flying Monkey), Camille Jones (Miss Gulch and Doorman), Mari-Ann Martinez (Auntie Em), and Andrew Cochran (Munchkin and Winkie Soldier). Working on technical items will be Kaira Johnson (lights and sound) and Jolynn Hall and Mariel Rico are the backstage hands.

Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults and a family pass is $10.

For tickets and information on the Fine Arts Academy spring semester, visit www.harbourtheater.com or call 281-337-7469.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com 

Community News Editor

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