On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Plumb Players presented “The Wizard of Oz” to a packed house, where the great Wizard, played by Alexandra Dort, was once again revealed as the not-so-scary “villain” of Oz. The story begins when Dorothy, played by Faith Wood, Emily Stevens, Carollyn Wires, Luna Connolly and Brooke Darragh, and Toto, played by Avah Imboden, were whisked away to the land of Oz on the tail of a Kansas tornado. Yes, there were five different Dorothys (and four Scarecrows) on our stage, all interwoven seamlessly into the live action by the expert use of entrances and exits by the Director. When Dorothy’s house landed in Oz on the Wicked Witch of the East, the stage was set for her sister, the Wicked Witch of the West (Sonata Delain) to pursue them through the story as Dorothy and Toto tried to find their way home. Munchkins (Carter Floyd, Lydia Gordon and Taryn Murphy), the citizens of Oz, welcomed Dorothy and Toto to Oz, and introduced them to Glinda, the Good Witch (Jessica Pernas) who gave Dorothy the ruby red slippers that would protect them while they were there. She also sent them to the great Oz, who lived in the Emerald City, so he could help them get back to Kansas. Several interesting characters, that closely resembled the farm hands on Auntie Em's (Nicole Thompson) and Uncle Henry’s (Stuart Robarts) small farm back in Kansas, traveled with Dorothy and Toto down the yellow brick road. They met a talking Scarecrow (Libby Richards, Maddie Bernhardt, Chloe Brooks-Noriega, and Dominick Daniels) who wanted the Wizard to give him a brain, a Tin Man (Thomas Rowell) who wanted to ask for a heart, and the Cowardly Lion (Brianna DeWitt) who was in serious need of some courage. So the foresome set off to see the Wizard! The Wicked Witch of the West kept trying to stop them. She made some trees (Lydia Gordon, Taryn Murphy) throw apples at the group, and even caused some beautiful flowers (Haley Patton, Marinna Stopa, Fabiola Gonzalez, Nicole Thompson, Amyiah Ware and Julia Devol) to put them to sleep. Even after the four managed to get past the Gate Keeper of Oz (Ashton Sarlo), the great Oz would not help them until they delivered the Wicked Witch of the West’s broomstick to him. More mishaps followed, involving Monkeys (Alba Cani, Mateo Quka and Roman Munsie) and setting Scarecrow on fire. Fortunately, the water used to douse the fire “accidentally” hit the Wicked Witch and caused her to melt!! So they took her broomstick to the Wizard and everyone was given their wish: A brain for the Scarecrow, a heart for Tin Man, and courage for the Cowardly Lion. Dorothy and Toto were returned to Kansas when she clicked the heels of the ruby red slippers three times, closed her eyes, and repeated over and over again, “There’s no place like home.” Elizabeth Keiper, Max Jones and Andrew Lewis did an excellent job with the sound, curtain, props and set changes. The sets were simple but effective, and the costumes made every character easy to recognize. So we say Congratulations to Plumb Players and Pam Milhan on a job well done! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!