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Huge cast of students to perform ‘Wizard of Oz’ in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — One road in northern Maine that won’t be snow covered and slippery next week is the yellow brick road to the “The Wizard of Oz,” which students from elementary school on up will perform live at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Fox Auditorium.

“The cast is huge,” said director and Fort Kent Community High School educator Doug Clapp. Along with the main characters of Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, the show will include students playing apple-throwing trees, munchkins, Ozians and jitterbugs.

Clapp said the live performance of “The Wizard of Oz” will feel different than watching the movie on television.

“There’s something about live theater, you’re just there as it’s happening,” he said.

Clapp said in the 20 years he has served as the drama teacher at CHS, he has received annual requests to have students perform “The Wizard of Oz.”

Members of the Pride of Madawaska marching band, under the direction of Valley Regional music teacher Taylor Martin, also will take part in the productions by performing live music to accompany singers for several of the scenes.

“The Wizard of Oz” performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6; Friday, Dec. 7; and Saturday, Dec. 8. A matinee performance beginning at 2 p.m. also is scheduled for Dec. 8. Admission is $5 for students, and $10 for adults.

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