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‘Wizard of Oz’ coming to Ticonderoga stage

Play dedicated to ailing student

Aubrey Smith, left, and Savannah LaCourse rehearse a scene in the Ticonderoga Elementary School play “The Wizard of Oz.”  The play will be performed Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

Aubrey Smith, left, and Savannah LaCourse rehearse a scene in the Ticonderoga Elementary School play “The Wizard of Oz.” The play will be performed Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

— Dorothy’s not in Kansas anymore. She’s in Ticonderoga.

Dorothy and a host of other beloved characters will take the stage at Ticonderoga Elementary School as students present “The Wizard of Oz” Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

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Preparing for the Ticonderoga Elementary School play “The Wizard of Oz” are, standing from left, Saidi St. Andrews, Katie Shelmidine, Terrence Benedict, Carson Reeves and, front, Karyssa Alkinburgh. The play will be performed Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

Based on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum in 1900, the play has been adapted by Ti music teacher Wayne Chagnon for production locally.

“We’ve added a few p[arts to make certain everyone is included in the play,” Chagnon said, “But it’s still the ‘Wizard of Oz’.”

The play chronicles the adventures Dorothy Gale, a young girl swept away from her Kansas farm in a storm. She lands in a magical land called Oz and learns valuable lessons while trying to find her way home with the help of the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.

Thanks to the 1939 MGM movie, it is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture.

“We pride ourselves on providing good family entertainment,” said Chagnon, who is directing the play, assisted by teacher Mike Edson. “It’ll be lots of fun and it’s very economical for a family night out.”

There is no cost to view the production.

This year’s play is special, Chagnon noted, because it is being dedicated to Emmalee Gallegos. Gallegos is a Ti Elementary School student who had a role in the show before becoming seriously ill.

“We’re all thinking of Emmalee and hope she’s back to school very soon,” Chagnon said. “We miss her.”

Students have been rehearsing for weeks to prepare for the play, Chagnon said, working very hard.

Appearing in “The Wizard of Oz” are Adriana Borho, Magan Jordan, Kirsten Strum, Kailey LaCourse, Jaylynn Molina, Myleigh Willett, Ali Gondal, Noah Thurbon, Zyleen Tyler, Kelly Bright, Kaitlyn Moore, Jordan Hunter, Tori Lobdell, Vivian Porter, Kelsey Thompson, Terrence Benedict, Samantha Montville, Emma Bogart, Lauren Dixon, Fahad Gondal, Zachary LaBounty, Savannah LaCourse, Carson Reeves, Katherine Shelmidine, Bobby Condit, Aubrey Smith, Karyssa Alkinburgh, Michael Fitzgerald, Bryce Gautreau, Chloe Rocque and Saidi St. Andrews.

Chagnon noted the contributions of many parents, Walmart of Ticonderoga and Fabian’s Costumes of Rutland in many the production reality.

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