Can Dorothy, Toto and their three traveling companions escape the Wicked Witch of the West?
Will they make it to the Emerald City?
Can Scarecrow find a brain? The Tin Man a heart? The Cowardly Lion courage?
You know the answers, but it's all about the journey.
And 100 Fairfield Ludlowe High School students will take audiences on that journey -- from Kansas to Oz, along the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and back -- in three performances of "The Wizard of Oz" this weekend.
The Ludlowe stage production is based on the iconic, 1939 MGM musical that won Academy Awards for best musical score and best song. The film was nominated for four other Oscars, including Best Picture.
Performances in the Ludlowe auditorium are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and at 2 and p.m. Saturday, April 26.
Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by emailing artistic director Frances R. Kondziela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fantasy follows the adventures of Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl who is seemingly swept up by a tornado and lands with her dog Toto in the magical land of Oz. There, she encounters a community of tiny people called Munchkins and becomes fast friends with three fumbling characters -- the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion -- who become her traveling companions.
They set out along the Yellow Brick Road for the Emerald City, hoping that a wizard there -- The Great and Powerful Oz -- can help Dorothy and Toto get back home to Kansas. Along the way, however, they encounter dangers -- including the Wicked Witch of the West and her evil squadron of flying monkeys.
Other popular songs from the show include "We're Off to See the Wizard," "If I only Had a Brain," "If I Were the King of the Forest" and "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead."
In addition to artistic director Kondziela, the production's creative team includes music director Kevin Cotellese, scenic designer Roger Mudre, choreographer Simone DePaolo, costume designer Sonia Otharsson and lighting designer Matt Pagliaro.