Summerset Theatre’s 45th season brings ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Musical to the stage

Freeport, Illinois — Highland Community College’s 45th season of Summerset Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” with performances on June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on July 1, on the Fine Arts Theatre stage located in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport, Ill.

“The Wizard of Oz” is one of the world’s favorite musical films and it makes the transition to the stage with a faithful adaptation that stays true to the film. It’s the classic story that takes the audience down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her new-found friends.

“The Wizard of Oz stays in the hearts of so many of us,” said Laura Early, director and Theatre Arts Instructor. “We all can relate to Dorothy’s pursuit to find a sense of belonging, and her need to see and do more. We also appreciate her realization that love, beauty, and home are right there in front of us if we just choose to look. This family-friendly musical delights audiences.”

Summerset Theatre is made up of a cast of Highland students and members of the surrounding community. The role of Toto is being played by Wrigley, whose owner is Shary Gibson of Big Radio.

Ticket prices are $17 for adults; $14 for seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets will be sold at the Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center. Tickets may also be purchased online at, or by calling 815-599-3718.


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