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Children sought for 'Wizard of Oz' Prairie Fire Theatre production

Community auditions for Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's original musical production of "The Wizard of Oz" will be held from 3:30-7:45 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Up to 70 children are needed to play the roles of Dorothy, Toto, the Munchkins, Glinda the Good Witch, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, the Green Guard, the Wizard, the Emerald City Traders, the Flying Monkeys, the Winkies, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and the Yellow Brick Road.

Auditions are open to students in grades 2-8. The audition process will last up to two hours, and all those auditioning are required to be in attendance for its entirety. The cast will be announced at the end of the two-hour audition.

Each cast member will receive a rehearsal schedule for the remainder of the week. A portion of the cast will be required to stay following auditions for a short rehearsal.

Rehearsals will be held from 3:30-6 p.m. throughout the remainder of the week, with performances scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, and 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29.

Two professional actor/directors from the staff of Prairie Fire Children's Theatre will direct the production and play the roles of The Wicked Witch of the West and the Scarecrow.

This week-long Prairie Fire Children's Theatre residency is sponsored by Essentia Health and Pequot Lakes Community Education.

This is Prairie Fire's first visit to Pequot Lakes.

Tickets for the performance(s) are $3 for adults and $2 for students and will be available at the door.

For more information, call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Students must sign up in advance online at www.isd186.org/communityeducation or by calling the office.

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