Turkey Valley High School is performing “The Wizard of Oz” Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 27, 28, and 29, at 7:30 p.m., with a general admission of $5.

The stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s fantasy, this musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale (here played by Ashley Kurash), an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle’s dusty Kansas farm. 

Dorothy yearns to travel “over the rainbow” to a different world, and she gets her wish when a tornado whisks her and her little dog, Toto, to the Technicolorful land of Oz. 

Having offended the Wicked Witch of the West (Noelle Burst), Dorothy is protected from the old crone’s wrath by the ruby slippers that she wears. At the suggestion of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Nicole Schmitt), Dorothy heads down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, where dwells the all-powerful Wizard of Oz (Nick Bruess), who might be able to help the girl return to Kansas. 

En route, she befriends a Scarecrow (Justin Kime), a Tin Man (Emily Dietzenbach) and a Cowardly Lion (Claire Achen). The Scarecrow would like to have some brains, the Tin Man craves a heart and the Lion wants to attain courage. Hoping the Wizard will help them too, they join Dorothy on her odyssey to the Emerald City. 

This is the 75th anniversary of the beloved MGM movie.