Masuk’s production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to debut this weekend

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Muriel Bailey, left, who stars as the Tin Man, is with, from left, Audrey Lesko as Dorothy Gale; and Izzy Tiska as the Scarecrow.

MONROE, CT – The Masuk Drama Department is off to see the Wizard on Nov. 18 and 19th, presenting the MGM classic fantasy musical, “The Wizard of Oz” live on stage.

“From the time I was a kid, the line that Glinda recites at the end: ‘You always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it yourself’ has always resonated with me,” said Tom Simonetti, director of Masuk’s Drama Department.

“In the past few years, many educators have seen our young people lose their confidence,” he said. “This is such an inspiring tale about finding and learning about yourself, even through adversity.”

Performances are Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased by visiting www.showtix4u.com or calling 203-452-5823 ext. 7035.

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.

The show features: Audrey Lesko as Dorothy Gale; Izzy Tiska as Scarecrow/Hunk; Muriel Bailey as Tin Man/Hickory; Jamie Grosso as Lion/Zeke; Maile Booth as Witch/Miss Gulch; Vibhuti Jani as Aunt Em/Glinda; Jonathan Fontana as Professor Marvel/Wizard; Brady Ebner as Uncle Henry; Samantha Cornut as The Jitterbug/Ensemble and Ensemble are Sammy Davoren, Allie Greathouse, Sinead O’Leary, Aaron Persico, Riya Pooskur and Kenzie Stepkoski.

Also making this production possible are stage Manager, Chris Tierney; assistant stage manager, Julia Kinahan; producer, Sharon Bartek; the musical talents of Keri Salustri and Michael Ances; technical director, Anthony Simonetti; lighting director, Robert Primorac; sound director, Robert Bachman; and director and designer, Tom Simonetti.

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