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Munchkins coming to Folsom

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KNOW AND GO What: “The Wizard of Oz” When: Nov. 6 through 22 Where: Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater in Folsom Cost: $20 adults, $16 students and seniors Info: (916) 941-SING, edmt.info --- Take a new journey down the yellow brick road to see El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of the timeless musical, “The Wizard of Oz” from Nov. 6-22 at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater in Folsom. According to organizers, flying effects provided by ZFX, Inc., are sure to amaze audience members as they send Dorothy and Toto off to Oz in a tornado, sail the witch through the air on her broom, and float Glinda into Oz on a bubble. This charming musical tells the classic tale of Dorothy Gale, a farm girl from Kansas who dreams of a happier place somewhere over the rainbow and runs away to find it before being swept away with her dog Toto by a fierce tornado to the magical land of Oz. There she befriends the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the beloved Cowardly Lion, while making an enemy of one of the most villainous characters of all time, the Wicked Witch of the West. As the four set upon their journey to the Emerald City, they hope the Wizard there will make their dreams come true, encountering a variety of characters and challenges along the way. Filled with memorable songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead,” “King of the Forest” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” this production is sure to delight young and old alike. Debbie Wilson, El Dorado Musical Theatre’s founder, directs and choreographs two casts of performers between the ages of 6 and 20 including Krista Mackin and Katherine Sorgea sharing the role of Dorothy, Alex Levy and Terry Hicks as Scarecrow, Stefan Sorgea and Brian Farmer as the Tin Man, Joey Saffren and Andrew Wilson as the Cowardly Lion and Jenna Lillywhite and Jordan Sharp as the nasty Wicked Witch. Two of the original munchkins from the 1939 film, Jerry Maren and Margaret Pellegrini, are touring the country promoting the 70th anniversary of the movie. They will pay a visit to Folsom for the play. Maren will be on site for performances Nov. 12-15, while Pellegrini will be a guest Nov. 19-22, both sharing experiences of working on the movie so many years ago. Maren and Pellegrini will be available to greet audience members, take photos, and autograph memorabilia during their visit. Tickets to “The Wizard of Oz” are on sale now and can be purchased online at edmt.info or by calling the box office at (916) 941-SING. Prices are $20 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. Visit the website to learn more about “The Wizard of Oz” and also EDMT’s upcoming production, “Holiday Reunion,” to be performed by the company’s premier touring group, High Voltage. ~ Staff report