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CA and CHHS Jointly Present "The Wizard of Oz"

The Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) and Columbia Academy (CA) Theater Departments present “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. May 21, 22 and 2 p.m. May 23 at the CHHS Performing Arts Center, 1400 49th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights.

L. Frank Baum’s classic novel comes to life in "The Wizard of Oz." Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a host of whimsical characters: good witches, bad witches, animals that talk, scarecrows that walk, and things magical to behold. To find her way home, she must journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the mysterious and all-powerful Wizard in Emerald City. Along the way, she makes new friends, but must also brave many dangers, including the Wicked Witch of the West, who will stop at nothing to get her hands on Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers. To make it home safely, Dorothy must learn an important lesson: there’s no place like home.

Director Tara Lorence helms a cast of highly-talented CA and CHHS student actors including Yuli Cordova-Quizhpi as Dorothy, Sophie Kuether as the Wizard of Oz, Mathias Wheeler as the Tinman, Lily Kleinschmit as the Scarecrow, Jeremiah Taris-Pierce as the Cowardly Lion, and many more.

“We are so lucky to have such strong theater programs at both CHHS and CA," said Lorence. “’The Wizard of Oz' is our first in-person performance in over a year and our entire cast and crew is excited to share the stage with one another and bring the community this classic!"

Tickets must be purchased in advance by noon, Friday, May 21, online at colheights.k12.mn.us/WizardOfOz. Cost is $5 per seat. Limit four (4) tickets per show. All seats will be pre-assigned according to social distancing protocols, therefore we will not allow walk-up ticket purchases on the night of the show. When you arrive, ushers will greet you at the entrance to show you to your assigned seats. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the show starting. Masks will be required at all times. After the performance we ask that you leave promptly and wait for your student outside of the building or in your vehicle.

For more information, contact the Activities & Athletics Department at 763-528-4511.

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