Epiphany School to stage 1970s version of ‘Oz’

Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, will stage the musical, “The Legendary Land of Oz,” Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m., in the school auditorium/gymnasium.

Cast members of the Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, production of “The Legendary Land of Oz” include, left to right: Sarah Provost (Tin Man), Grace Clausen (Dorothy), Wyatt Johnson (Scarecrow) and Dawson Gese (Lion).

Cast members of the Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, production of “The Legendary Land of Oz” include, left to right: Sarah Provost (Tin Man), Grace Clausen (Dorothy), Wyatt Johnson (Scarecrow) and Dawson Gese (Lion).

But this is not the traditional “Wizard of Oz.” While the story and characters remain much the same, directors Lauri Wilkie and Vicki Paine have set the production in the 1970s, complete with disco music.

In fact, this is not the first time that Wilkie and Paine have presented “The Legendary Land of Oz” at Epiphany.

“We did it in 2001, but we have updated the production,” said Wilkie, who has been directing a spring musical at Epiphany for more than 30 years.

For example, there is a narrator that tells the story and all the music is from the 1970s, she said.

There are also dancing skunks, dancing tornadoes and dancing Arabian girls, Wilkie said.

And Wilkie and Paine have found roles for the 150 students who are appearing in the play.

“You name it, we’ve got it,” Wilkie said.

Dorothy is played by Grace Clausen, the Scarecrow by Wyatt Johnson, the Tin Man by Sarah Provost, the Lion by Dawson Gese, Oz by Maryann Milles, the Wicked Witch by Lily Conforti and Glenda, the good witch by Kira Grefsheim.

Ryan Johnson is the narrator.

Musical director for the production is Liz Grefsheim.

There is no charge to attend the musical, but a freewill offering will be taken.

“This is the best show you can see for nothing,” said Wilkie.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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