‘Wizard of Oz’ staged by Valley Youth Theatre closes June 25

Valley Youth Theatre’s summer production of The Wizard of Oz opened Center Stage at the Herberger Friday, June 9 to a packed theater, earning a standing ovation and rave reviews. The production showcases 58 talented young actors — ranging in age from seven to 19 — from all over the Valley, dressed in over 125 original costumes, and performing on the New York City, Madison Square Garden set which was performed on by Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt and Jessica Grove. “This is my favorite show,” says Bobb Cooper, VYT’s producing artistic director, in a press release.

Valley Youth Theatre summer lineup includes ‘Wizard of Oz’

Valley Youth Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz opens center stage at the Herberger Theater on June 9, with 60 talented young actors from around the Valley, 125 colorful costumes and a New York City Madison Square Garden set. The musical’s classic songs are brought to life by a live orchestra that accompanies Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they are swept away, by a huge tornado, from her small farm in Kansas, to the magical land of OZ where she meets new and exciting friends, and a few enemies. When her house accidentally lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, everyone is exuberant, except the Wicked Witch of the West who seeks revenge for the death of her sister and wants her ruby slippers.