As their 40th anniversary summer musical production, the Penn Yan Theatre Company (PYTCo.) will stage “The Wizard of Oz” at the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults. Advance sales are available at www.pytco.org/shows.

This beloved tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations. Co-directed by Dusty Baker and Dave Smith, PYTCo. will be performing the more spectacular and technically complex RSC version of Frank L. Baum’s classic story. This adaptation is more faithful to the 1939 MGM film, and PYTCo. will be bringing as much of that enchanted aura to the stage as possible.  

All the tunes from the film are included: Over The Rainbow, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve, We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road), The Merry Old Land of Oz, Poppies, and If I Were King Of The Forest. Also included is The Jitterbug, which was written and recorded for the film, but cut from the national release.

As with all their shows, ticket sales for The Wizard of Oz will help in the revival of the Sampson Theatre on East Elm Street, which is beginning façade renovations this year. You too can be part of that effort and show your support for live theatre by joining the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion,  along with Dorothy, Toto, and the Tinman as they travel the land “over the rainbow” in Penn Yan this weekend. 

The cast includes Dorothy - Lily Schwartz; Aunt Em/Glinda - Melissa Green; Uncle Henry/Oz Doorman - Jarod Strong; Hunk/Scarecrow - Daniel Martens; Hickory/Tin Man - Josh Kane

Zeke/Lion - Tom Primerano; Mrs. Gulch/Wicked Witch - Meg McCarthy; and Professor Marvel/Wizard - John Christensen