(Browse photos of the performance here.)
Perhaps the most immaculately acted theater event you?ll see this year, Iola High School?s musical version of ?The Wizard of Oz? runs tonight and tomorrow at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center from 7 to 9 p.m.
I?ll spare you the plot. ?The Wizard of Oz? rests with such Biblical heft upon the American imagination that to have never heard of it would surely mark you out as a Martian among us. And this is doubly true for we meager citizens of Kansas, whose state receives such mixed press in this modern fairytale: On the one hand, a frightened Dorothy spends much of the musical trying to get back to Kansas, because, as she exclaims more than once, ?There?s no place like home.? On the other hand, Kansas is gray, the people of Kansas are gray, Aunt Em is gray, Uncle Henry is gray, the outlook is gray, the sky is gray. Kansas is a place from which to escape, while Oz is full of color and life.