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Posted on: July 8, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Spotlight on Youth Presents A Special Adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” At Canton’s Village Theater

Created by Mary Gray, this special adaptation presents a story that is closer in line to the Frank L. Baum book and has added extra emphasis on modern ideas, such as technology, self-esteem, youthful restlessness and, of course, home and family, complete with all of the recognizable characters we have come to know and love. Reserve your seats now for this main stage production, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48187. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 734/394-5300. Ticket are also available at the Village Theater Box Office, which opens 1 hour prior to show-time.
“Baum wrote that the slippers were ‘silver’ – the movie used red due to technicolor being ‘new’ – they wanted to add color,” explains Director Barbara Bloom. “In our show we are also entertained by the ‘Winkies’ (they wear yellow), the ‘Southlings’ (they wear red), while the familiar Munchkins wear blue and, of course, the Emerald City residents wear green. Mary Gray also gives us the ‘Flying Monkeys’ and the four very familiar leads: Dorothy (a girl with an attitude), Scarecrow (a boy who can’t read), Tin Man (a robot who wants to be human) and Lion (a real scaredy cat). And let’s don’t forget Toto (this time played by a very tiny actress who will steal the show).”
With over 50 youths in the production, starting at 5 years old and up – all ages will be entertained and delighted. Show runs about 1 1/2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.
DATES and TIMES: 6 shows only!
Thursday, July 9, 7pm
Friday, July 10, 7pm
Saturday, July 11, 7pm and 2pm matinee
Sunday, July 12, 7pm and 2pm matinee
For more information about this or any Spotlight on Youth production, check out Facebook: Spotlight on Youth, visit, or e-mail:


MEDIA CONTACTS: Laurie Kondek, 734/660-0855,
Barbara Bloom, 248/719-3637

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