For its annual summer production, Pickerington Community Theatre is presenting the musical version of the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz on the Heritage Elementary School stage, 100 N. East St.
PIckerington Community Theatre President Chris Gallaugher, who is co-directing the production along with Vice President Adam Schroeder, promises attendees a "big presentation."
"We have 77 people in the cast and at least 40 or 50 more serving in various support roles," Gallaugher said.
"We have a live 10-piece orchestra that will also be playing in the show," he said.
Opening night is Friday, July 12, with an 8 p.m. curtain.
Subsequent evening performances will be July 13,19, and 20, all at 8 p.m. Additionally, there will be two Sunday matinee shows on July 14 and 21, both at 2 p.m.
Gallaugher said the production will closely mirror, up to a point, the popular 1939 MGM motion picture that made Judy Garland a star.
"There are some things we're not capable of doing," Gallaugher said. "It would be nice to put people on wires for the flying monkeys, but we can't do that."
He said his theater troupe wants to build on the momentum created from its last big summer show in 2012, Willy Wonka, which was also a musical.
"We had a lot of success with Willy Wonka," Gallaugher said.
"For our summer production we like to go with a bigger show and the musical attracts more people. The Wizard of Oz is an iconic show, I always wanted to do that show," he said.
Having a larger stage in the Heritage Elementary School makes the big show possible, Gallaugher said.
"Heritage is a large theater which allows for a larger cast and more opportunity for more people who want to be on stage," he said.
A large production such as The Wizard of Oz is impossible to put on without the invaluable contributions of those who work in the trenches, said Gallaugher.
"There are a lot of support people," he said. "We have people working on the lights and set designs.
"There are a lot of set changes so we have a fairly large stage crew.
"There are a lot of different costumes and makeup is fairly heavy in the show so we have a lot of people working on that," Gallaugher said.
"There are people doing a lot of work that you never hear about. They'll get their name in the program, that's about it.
"They do it because they enjoy being involved," he said.
Gallaugher said the central character in The Wizard of Oz is, of course, Dorothy, who is being played by Pickerington resident Kassi Popcevski.
"Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world," said Gallaugher in describing the show's famous plot.
Tickets for the performances are $12 for adults and $10 for people 55 years old or older and children 12 years old or younger.
All seats are reserved and can be purchased on-line at www.pctshows.com or by calling the the PCT box office at 614-378-5767.