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Franklin High's thespians perform 'The Wizard of Oz'

If you suddenly noticed a rainbow in the area, and feel the urge to follow a yellow brick road to the Franklin High School Auditorium, we suggest you give in to the impulse. You’re destined to enjoy an enchanting presentation of “The Wizard of Oz”.

“This show is an American Classic,” director Joshua Forsyth commented to THE BEE.

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Gabriella Karp, playing Dorothy, sings ¨Somewhere over the Rainbow'. “We wanted to present a classic musical that has a lot of student participation,” Forsyth said. “I get to ‘live my dream’ doing this – getting to work with these kids, and watch them develop their skills. They are just amazing.”

With the help of the show’s Musical Director, Stephen Alexander, a winner of four Drammy Awards, the timeless tunes “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”, “If I Only Had a Brain”, and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” come alive on the FHS stage.

In addition to large production numbers, Forsyth says, this show also incorporates all the fantastical elements one would expect, as visual-effects elements.

Some eighty student actors, theater technicians, costumers, and musicians work together to bring this traditional version of the story to life. Plan to see one of the six performances of “The Wizard of Oz” on April 11, 12, 19, and 20 at 7 pm. And, there are two Family Matinees on April 13 and 21 at 2 pm.

Because of the special effects and a very scary Wicked Witch of the West, the show is recommended for children over 7 years of age.

Franklin High School is at 5405 S.E. Woodward Street (just east of S.E. 52nd Avenue). The theater entrance is behind the gymnasium. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults, and are available at the door.

For more information, contact Sue Gauss at 503/729-7654 or e-mail her at: HYPERLINK "mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .