CLINTON — “The Wizard of Oz” will hit the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre stage this week.
The stage version of the 1939 movie will be presented Thursday at the Showboat, and will run until July 20.
Opening night will be at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception. On July 4, there will be a special performance at 6:30 p.m., ending before the fireworks display. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. on July 5,10,11,12,17 and 19. Afternoon performances at 3 p.m. take place on July 6, 9, 13, 16 and 20. Tickets cost $23, $20 for seniors and $16 for students and children.
The part of Dorothy will be played by Carly Ann Berg. In her second season aboard the Showboat, Berg has already performed in “The Taffetas” as Cheryl and as Winnie in “Annie Get Your Gun.” Robert Rice will bring the Scarecrow to life. A junior at Southeast Missouri State University, Rice is pursuing his B.A. in theatre with a dance minor. Caleb Jernigan, recently seen as Chief Sitting Bull in “Annie Get Your Gun”, will be the Tin Man.
The role of Lion will be performed by Heather Baisley. Baisley played Peggy in “The Taffetas” and Annie in “Annie Get Your Gun.” In his second season aboard the Showboat, Nathan McHenry, who was Frank Butler in “Annie Get Your Gun” and Jenna Haimes (Kaye in “The Taffetas” and Dolly in “Annie Get Your Gun”), will play major roles which won’t be revealed in advance. Jalen Lee will be Uncle Henry, having just completed the role of Buffalo Bill.
A former three-year intern at the Showboat, Carolyn Hopkins has returned to Clinton from Orange City, after completing her first year as a theatre major at Northwestern College. She will play the roles of Auntie Em and Glinda. Returning for her second year as an intern, Hailey Goble is a 2014 graduate of Camanche High School. Goble will perform as Miss Gulch and the East Witch.