'Wild West' shows different twist on famous story
by: Contributed photo The Cowardly Lion, played by Liam Phipps of Boring, joins Dorothy, played by Jenessa Teachout of Damascus; the Tin Man, played by Spencer Townsend of Gresham; the Scarecrow, played by Kaleb Hood of Boring; and Miss Grimshaw, played by Molly-Murphy Brown of Sandy, in "The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West" June 3-12 in Boring.

There's no place like home - and if 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' didn't drive that home, 'The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West' certainly will.

The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company will present 'Wild West,' a fun take on the classic Oz tale by L. Frank Baum, the weekends of June 3 and 10 at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in Boring off Highway 212.

The play features 17 local young actors ages 9 to 16, and looks at the ending of the classic fairytale from a different point of view - what if Dorothy never made it back to Kansas?

While folks assume she and her friends from Oz are part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, mean old Miss Grimshaw suspects they are from a place a little further away. She sends Billy the Kid to steal Dorothy's ruby slippers, just in case she and her friends try to escape.

Dorothy and the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion also run into Wild Bill Hickok and Annie Oakley during their travels. Good thing that the Wizard of Oz has his eye on all of them and can hopefully set things right again.

Special effects

Director Kelly Lazenby says, 'I wanted to do this one because we haven't really had a special effects play for the kids yet.' She adds the show will feature pyrotechnics as well as spectacular light and sound effects.

Ashton Horn, 13, a sixth-grader at Scouters Middle School in Clackamas, runs the sound effects for the play and says the show features 'bells, harmonicas, pop cans that get crushed and loud gunshots.'

Ashton adds that the play 'probably wouldn't be the same without the sound effects because you can't have guns with no noise.'

Jenessa Teachout, 9, a third-grader at Deep Creek Elementary School in Damascus, plays Dorothy.

'I actually like it because it's in the Wild West,' she says of the play, adding her favorite scene is when Miss Grimshaw is 'using all her magic powers. She wants to get the ruby slippers from Dorothy because they are magic.'

Jenessa says she's enjoying the spotlight.

'I like being on stage a lot and getting to know all the people and characters.'

If you go

WHAT: Nutz 'n' Boltz presents 'The Wizard of Oz in the Wild West'

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, June 3 and 10, and Saturdays, June 4 and 11; 3 p.m. Sundays, June 5 and 12

WHERE: Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, one block off Highway 212.

COST: $10, $5 for children younger than 12

SPECIAL: Dinner theater show with barbecue and dessert, at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, for $15.

INFO: 503-593-1295,

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