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The Surry Arts Council presents “The Wizard of Oz” this weekend, directed by Madeline Matanick.

“This production is fondly dedicated to Betty Lynn, the Mount Airy girl from Kansas City who clicked the heels and followed her rainbow to Hollywood, Mayberry, and Mount Airy,” the Culture Council said of the production. Lynn, known nationally as Thelma Lou from the Andy Griffith Show, died on Saturday

The play opens on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. More shows will take place on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the last show on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. This popular story of a Kansas farm girl travels across the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has delighted audiences for generations.

When a tornado sweeps across Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are kidnapped from their home in the magical land of Oz. There they follow the yellow brick road towards the Emerald City to meet the wizard, and on the way meet the scarecrow who needs a brain, the tin man who lacks his heart, and the cowardly lion who is looking for courage. Together they meet the wizard who assigns the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help and send Dorothy back to Kansas.

The production includes the classic songs like “Over the Rainbow”, “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain / Heart / The Nerve”, “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), ”“ The Jitterbug ”and“ The Merry Old Land of Oz ”.

The production stars Cassidy Mills as Dorothy Gale, Aspen Jackson as Glinda / Aunt Em, Tom Bekom as Uncle Henry, Scott Carpenter as Scarecrow / Hunk, David Timm as Tinman / Hickory, Katelyn Gomez as the cowardly lion / Zelda, Amanda Barnard as the bad one Witch of the West / Almira Gultch and David Nielsen as The Wizard of Oz / Professor Marvel, with Jason Hoerter as Winkie General, Corey Barr as Nikko and Miss Mac Banfield as Toto.

The main actors include Munchkins Alek Riggs, Anne Rachel Sheppard, Atticus Hawks, Brooke Nichols, Carleigh Jo Mills, Chloe Vinson, Claire Youell, Elijah Garcia, Ellie Kniskern, Isabell Hoerter, Jackie Delacruz, Juliet Barnard, Kaitlyn Holladay, Maddie Youell, Maggie Wallace, MaKenna Holladay, Makenna Wall, Morgan Shipley, Noelle Snow and Remi DeVore, along with Winkies Cooper Mauck, Gregory Matthews, Maddie Youell, Noah Wilkes and Thomas Holladay, Crows Casey Mitchell, Corey Barr, Django Burgess and Walker York, Trees Ashley Mills, Molly Easter, Raegan Amos and Tess Ramey and Flying Monkeys Alek Riggs, Carleigh Jo Mills, Isabell Hoerter and Juliet Barnard.

The Ozians / Poppies / Ensemble are Abigail Gerber, Anne Rachel Sheppard, Ashley Mills, Ava Chrismon, Carline Williams, Casey Mitchell, Charlotte Banfield, Cooper Mauck, Corey Barr, Django Burgess, Elle Pomeroy, Emily Jones, Gregory Matthews, Hannah Hiatt, Jackie Delacruz, Jason Hoerter, Julia-Ann Banfield, Juliet Barnard, Kaitlyn Holladay, Kinston Nichols, LillyRuth Beck, Maddie Youell, Mae Danley, Michael Senter, Molly Easter, Morgan Shipley, Noah Wilkes, Raegan Amos, Remi DeVore, Sierra Nichols, Tess Ramey, Thomas Holladay, Walker York and Zinnia Burgess.

The production team includes director Madeline Matanick, music director Jane Tesh, technical director and choreographer Tyler Matanick, stage manager Emily Mauck, deputy stage director Melissa Venable, deputy director Jordan Dover, dance captains Julia-Ann Banfield and LillyRuth Beck, lighting designer Paul Denny, prop master Katy Denny, Make-up designer Susan Lawrence, lighting technician Patrick MacDaniel and backstage hand Max Barnard, with sound effects by Chad Barnard in the Falling Trees Recording Studio and costumes by Amanda Barnard, Madeline Matanick and Shelby Coleman.

The Pit Orchestra consists of Jane Tesh and Teresa Martin on keyboards, Darrell Beck as conductor, Brady Reed on drums, Pam Parker on flute and Bobby Heller on clarinet / saxophone.

All spectators are required to wear a mask. For tickets or other information about the show, visit or call the Surry Arts Council at 336-786-7998.

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