DLO Musical Theatre opens its 65th season with a show for the whole family, The Wizard of Oz, on October 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and October 27 at 2 p.m. at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School.

Based on the classic MGM film, it includes the beloved songs “Over The Rainbow,” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road).” When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. With the help of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, she seeks out the Wizard in the Emerald City to help her to return home.

DLO’s production is directed by Beckey Burgoyne, who has appeared many times on the DLO stage, most recently in last year’s Meet Me in St. Louis. She is working with consulting director Ron McDaniel 

who has more than fifty years of experience with DLO. Karen Grove serves as music director, with choreography by Sammi Wesner; Suzzen Borcz is producer. The show features a cast of more than 80 adults and children from around the region.

Audiences will be thrilled to see characters such as Dorothy, Glinda, and the Wicked Witch soar above the stage in this production. Theatrical flying effects are provided by ZFX, Inc., of Louisville, Kentucky - a professional company that provided the wire flying for DLO’s 2017 production of The Little Mermaid.

The substantial cost of these effects was covered thanks to generous donors, and the extraordinary fundraising efforts of the cast and crew. DLO is still accepting donations through the sale of “bricks” of the Yellow Brick Road. Bricks are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased online at dlomusicaltheatre.com.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $20 for adults and $7 for children and students. They may be purchased online at www.dlomusicaltheatre.com, at the Village Mall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am - 12 pm, or at the door starting one hour before the performance, subject to availability.

For more ticket information, contact DLO at (217) 431-1660 or boxoffice@dlomusicaltheatre.com.