‘Wizard of Oz’ takes stage next month in Reserve

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, June 22, 2016

RESERVE — There’s no place like home, and home is St. John Theatre in Reserve.

The theater produces a musical each summer featuring members of the community, and this year is no exception.

Actors, singers, dancers, musicians and technicians are preparing for the July 15 opening night of this year’s show, “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by St. John Theatre veteran Mike Brooks.

It’s the familiar story from L. Frank Baum’s book, and organizers said it is going to delight audiences as Dorothy (Madelyn Millet) and her friends travel along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City.

Dorothy seeks help from the wizard (Wayne Daigerpont) to help get back home to her Aunite Em (Ginger Davis) and Uncle Henry (David Cooper) in Kansas.

The ScareCrow (Moe Ahmad) seeks a brain, The Tinman (Lance S. Ural) seeks a heart and the Cowardly Lion (Warren Hovis) seeks some courage. Also featured are Charlene Burlak–Robinson as Glinda the Good Witch and Heidi Murray as the Wicked Witch of the West.

“Oz” takes the stage July 15-17 and July 20-23 at St. John Theatre in Reserve. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of the July 17 performance, which is a 2:30 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $15 and $10 for seniors and children. They may be purchased at the door or in advance at Allied Express starting July 5.

For more information, call Theater Managing Director Crystal Faucheux at 504-676-4700.

The rest of the company includes Nia Adams, Angela Davis, Madison Davis, Kaydence Hoover, Alayah Hymel, Elle McCrossen,  Madeline Murray, Aidan Orgeron, Rachel Thompson,  Payton Williams, Germany Robinson, Joshua Brooks,  Steven Stewart,  Michael  Thompson, Anna Clement, Katie Villa, Tiylor Johnson, Marie Claire Eastland, Gracie Harris, Alila Snyder, Noelle Remondet, Sara Brooks, Eveline Midkiff, Kiara Robinson, Jenna Toups, Moria Davis, Madison Gerhardt, Ashely Toups, Peyton Dunshee,  Rachel Hovis, Amanda Selman, Allisa Stuzman, Trina Hille, Desiree Faucheux, Leeann Hovis Shannon Thompson, Jada Brown, Victoria Glidden, Lenore Madere and Erica Berthelot.