Vashon Dance Academy students will perform “The Wizard of Oz” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, at Vashon High School theater.
Artistic Director Cheryl Krown has incorporated ballet, hip hop and modern dance into the performance, which tells the familiar story of Dorothy and her long quest to leave Oz and return to Kansas, aided by a troika of fabulous friends she meets on the yellow brick road.
Krown said she is excited for this year’s show to open and grateful that throughout the lead-up to the production, her older dancers had mentored younger ones.
Isa Sanson-Frey and Gwynne Valencia are cast as Dorothy; Lyla Mildon and Hannah Spranger will play the Tin Man; Aiden Rees and Lyla Mildon are the Scarecrow; Hannah Spranger, and Aiden Rees are the Lion and Sophie Blasingim and Isa Sanson-Frey are the Witch. Dozens of other dancers will play munchkins, crows, apples and flying monkeys.
“It’s such an ensemble piece,” noted Rees. “It has really brought us together as a group.”
Tickets, $16 for adults and $12 for students, are available at Vashon Bookshop as well as at the door.