‘Wizard of Oz’ to be presented Feb. 28 & 29, March 6 & 7

Penn Manor Productions will present the musical The Wizard of Oz Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 in the auditorium of Penn Manor High School.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. all four days, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens and are available for purchase online here or via the order form here.

Based on the beloved movie of the same name, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of young Dorothy Gale, who is whisked away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. She teams up with a Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz, whom she believes can send her home.  

Along the way, they must avoid the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister but are now on Dorothy’s feet.

Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again.

Massive cast

The show feature Emily Witmer as Dorothy, True Herbert as Tin Man, Alex Detter as Scarecrow and Rowan Brooks as the Cowardly Lion.

Also included are more than 100 students in the cast, crews (set, stage, lights, sound, costumes, makeup, props and marketing) and orchestra pit.

There will be 104 separate characters onstage during the production, which includes more than 160 costumes and hundreds of props. In addition, there are 27 scenes with 11 different sets. The cast includes 18 “munchkins” – elementary students from six different Penn Manor schools.

Of historical note, this will be the last show in the current high school auditorium, which will be replaced by a new performance space over the summer.

Due to high school construction, parking is limited. Attendees are asked to park on the upper or lower levels of the parking deck and to enter the high school at the main entrance, near the gymnasium. Please leave the spaces in the cafeteria lot and near the skywalk bridge for those with mobility issues or special needs.

Emerald City Event

Prior to the musical’s opening, the cast will participate in the “Emerald City Event,” an opportunity for the public to meet the characters and get a sneak peek into the backstage magic of live theatre, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

The event will feature crafts, activities, dancing, music, games and refreshments – as well as photo opportunities with many characters.

All children and adults must register to enter using this form. The cost is $5 per person. Advance registration will help us better prepare for this event.

Adults must stay with their children, and participants should arrive by 2:30 p.m. to allow sufficient time to travel through all of the activities.

For any questions or special needs, contact the theater box office at (717) 872-9520, ext. 1958.

From left, Max Ponton (Scarecrow), Emily Witmer (Dorothy), True Herbert (Tin Man) and Rowan Brooks (Cowardly Lion).