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We're off to see the Wizard

March 12, 2014
The Yellow Brick Road stops in Valley Center this Friday. For the first time in its existence, Valley Center Middle School will be presenting "The Wizard of Oz," the classic tale of overcoming self-doubt and making one's way back home.

The popular musical opens on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. and will continue running for a total of four shows through March 23. The cast of 30 budding actors and a four-person stage crew have spent countless hours rehearsing for the show, which comes to Valley Center on the 75th anniversary of the original film debut.

"This is the most technologically advanced show ever on the middle school stage," said Rich Horne, Oz show producer and teacher at VCMS. "We are pulling out all the stops to create and immerse our audience in that magical feeling of the Land of Oz."

Horne has led the spring musical for several years and will be joined by Toni Montross, who will be directing her first show at the middle school after directing shows for the Valley Center Community Theater, Ridgeview Church, and Valley Center High School, including last year's "Fiddler on the Roof."

"Rehearsal's going well," said Montross. "It's a fun, family show with great music, sets, and actors. It really highlights the talent we have in our middle school."

Laralee Beck will be the musical director for the show and Valerie Nichols will be the choreographer.

There will be two Friday night performances of the show at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 and 21, as well as two Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 16 and 23. The show runs for about an hour and half including intermission, and all four shows will be held in the VCMS Mutli-Purpose Room.

All the roles are double cast for the production. The evening cast will serve as the ensemble in the matinee show, and vice versa. However, the difference is not based on any difference in talent or practice, said Montross.

Tickets are available for pre-sale now for $7 in the VCMS Multi-Purpose Room. They can also be purchased at the Country Junction Deli, Valley Salon & Nail Spa, or Java Journey. Flowers, raffle tickets, and candy-grams will be available for purchase at the show, as well as pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and a drink for $5 while supplies last.

For more information on the show or to learn how to support future productions, contact the Valley Center Middle School Drama Boosters at

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