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There has been a special Rescue Ranch benefit performance of “OZ” scheduled for May 24, at 7:30PM. The doors will open at 7PM. A portion of the proceeds from This performance will be donated to The Rescue Ranch. The Rescue Ranch is a not for profit no-kill dog rescue organization in Siskiyou County.

To find out more about this organization go to: http://www.rrdog.org

We welcome you to the magical kingdom of “OZ” opening at SPAC on Fri-day May 18th. This creative adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is written by Chris Reed and Richard Derwingson and was first presented at SPAC in 1975. Since then J.J. Lewis-Nichols has directed “OZ” twice with the addition of ‘The Munchkin Rap’ by Scott Durbin. Now in its 4th rendition, she directs again and was graciously granted per-mission to contribute a semi-song called “Glinda’s Lament.” As J.J. came to Siskiyou County in 1981 with her friend Dorothy—”OZ” has a very special place in her heart.

SPAC is doing this special show as a ‘farewell’ for our Dorothy, Katy Martinez, who graduates YHS in June, and who has been our leading lady for our last several musicals. Surrounding her for this goodbye is her dad, Dimas Martinez as the Cowardly Lion; her mom, Angela Martinez who plays Glinda the Good Witch of the South, and her aunt, Lizzi Martinez, one stalwart stage manager. Co-starring in her third version of “OZ” is SPAC president, Cindy Brown who plays the scarecrow as only one as smart as she is can, with pathos, humor, and adorability. Joining them is one of Siskiyou County’s best actors, Peter Townley as the tender Tin Woodsman.

Dorothy’s little dog, Toto, will be played by actress/dancer, Rylie Mc Clain?. Versatile Kymberly Mor-gan, seen in “Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” plays the Wicked Witch, with talented An-gelina Toney taking on the Gatekeeper. Veteran John Timm who played the Lion in the original as well as Uncle Henry the last time, now plays the Wizard; student Samantha Steyart is the Good Witch of the North, and Rhonda Lindquist with husband Gordon play Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. There are 3 sexy, kazoo-playing crows led by Akemi Dean; 17 munchkins who in this version are pairs of non-identical twins; 19 mean monkeys and 3 trees.

It’s quite a cast! Heidi Martin and Bea Soule’ head costumes; Mary Carpelan leads the set crew; Josie Austin is Asst. Stage Manager with Audy Watson, our lights and sound tech. The original choreography was by Vrenda Lee with J.J., then Joan Lucas added her touches, and now Akemi Dean and Angela Martinez put in their moves. It’s a huge undertaking in our wonderful little 80 seat Dunlap Theatre at SPAC, so get your tickets early!

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Our tickets at $14 are available at the Yreka Chamber of Commerce, Nature’s Kitchen, Village Books in Mt. Shasta, and Hairazors in Fort Jones. We open Friday May 18 at 7:30 pm and play Saturday the 19th as well as Friday and Saturday May 25 and 26 at 7:30 pm with a final Sunday matinee on the 27th at 2:30 pm.

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The monkeys are pretty scary so ages 5+ is appropriate. No infants are allowed in the theatre, and the taking of any videos, pictures, or recordings is prohibited.