The Curry Coastal Pilot

There's witches and wizards, munchkins and flying monkeys, but in the end, it's all about the shoes.

Dorothy will wear her ruby shoes and the wicked witch will try to get them during the musical performance of the Wizard of Oz, which opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Avenue in Brookings.

The youth production, presented by the Chetco Pelican Players, features an ensemble cast singing songs such as "Over The Rainbow," "Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead)," "If I Only Had A Brain," "If I Only Had A Heart," "If I Only Had The Nerve," "We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road)," "The Jitterbug," "The Merry Old Land of Oz" and many more unforgettable tunes.

Directed by Karen DeLucca, and based on the book by Frank Baum, the story begins with no warning at all, when little Dorothy Gale (Michaela Renee) is whisked upward into the stormy cone of a violent midwestern twister only to wake up still alive in her own little house. Except that her house is no longer in Kansas and it happens to be sitting in a strange place full of small people, called Munchkin Land. Also, her house is sitting right smack on the remains of the very bad Wicked Witch of the North - an event that pleases all the Munchkins and their friend, the beautiful good Witch of the North (Ellen Stadleman).

Dorothy's doting Uncle Henry (Bill Schlichting), her loving Auntie Em (Terri McGregor) and all the folks she knew back home from Kansas have disappeared, leaving the poor girl and her dog Toto lost somewhere over the rainbow in the crazy, indescribable land of Oz.

Dorothy and Toto soon meet a wobbly Scarecrow (Daisy Carr) who says he hasn't got a brain, a rusty old Tin Man (Casey Maudlin) who regrets that he hasn't got a heart, and a snivelling Cowardly Lion (Andrew Simmons), who moans that he cannot even sustain the courage to face his own tail.

Hearing tell of the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (Scotty Oka), the quartet decide to follow the Yellow Brick Road, singing and laughing their merry way toward the awesome Emerald City to enlist the wizard's help. They meet the horrid Wicked Witch of the West (Ariel Farris), hordes of flying monkeys, tigers, bears, 'Jitterbugs' and many other dangers along the road.

The musical kicks off Friday with a gala grand opening featuring complimentary green Oz Punch, emerald hors d'oeuvres and other rainbow goodies, presented in magical elegance by Chetco Pelican Players hostess and Haunted House Witch Queen Claire Willard.

Doors open on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee doors open at 1:15 p.m. with showtimes at 2 p.m.

The play dates are Fridays, Aug. 16 and 23; Saturdays, Aug. 17 and 24; Sundays, Aug. 18 and 25. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students (age 12 - 16); and free children 12 years old and younger, if accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are available at Wright's Custom Framing and Chetco Pharmacy in Brookings; New Wave Video in Harbor and at the door at performances, if available.

For reservations, call 541-469-1877. For theater information, call 541-469-1857. Please visit for more information about all presentations.