Kayla Dobbs as Dorothy in the Desert Foothills Youth Theater production of The Wizard of Oz running May 8-17, 2015. PHOTO: Wade Moran
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See ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Desert Foothills Theater

Staff~ 4/28/2015

SCOTTSDALE– We’re off to see the wizard…..at the Desert Foothills Theater, starting Friday, May 8.

The Desert Foothills Theater is continuing to its 40th season celebration with its last youth theater production of the season, The Wizard of Oz, running May 8 through May 17 on the main stage of Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center.

Written by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz has been thrilling families for generations. The show’s main character, Dorothy, dreams of escape from her dreary life, but she never expects what is waiting for her when a cyclone transports her and her house from Kansas to the Land of Oz.  Directed by Mark-Alan C. Clemente with music direction by Daniel Kurek, this DFT version of the show includes songs from the popular movie that starred Judy Garland.

Over the years, Desert Foothills Theater has increased its commitment to providing educational opportunities for young actors throughout the North Valley. The non-profit recently added a fourth location for classes and workshops at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity on Miller Road in order to provide easy access for families living in the Sonoran Hills,  Grayhawk, DC Ranch, Tatum Ranch, Desert Ridge, and other nearby communities.

In addition, DFT provides a full series of summer camps and an advanced summer theater drama project. Young artists ages 3-25 will find something for them this summer at DFT.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz range from $15 to $24. There will not be a show on Friday, May 15. The Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center is located at 33606 N. 60th Street, in North Scottsdale.

DFT and the English Rose Tea Room also will host a Munchkin Tea Party in the theater lobby on Sunday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. A traditional English Tea will be served as actors from the show entertain and Dorothy reads a story. Tickets for the Munchkin Tea Party are $10. The May 10 show also will include a post-performance Q&A.

For more information on The Wizard of Oz show or to buy tickets, visit www.dftheater.org or call (480) 488-1981.