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Drama students perform 'Oz' adaptation

Story twist features Dorothy, Uncle Henry   

Oregon High School thespians will put on a production of a story loosely based on the "The Wizard of Oz" characters and will perform the work next week.

The drama club's Oz spinoff, "Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time," , is loosely based on characters from L. Frank Baum’s story and written by Susan Zeder in the 1980s.

In the Oregon production, the story is a "modern fantasy" exploring the relationship between Dorothy and her elderly Uncle Henry. The site described the story:

Dorothy reluctantly accompanies her uncle on a voyage. They argue, and are both blown off the to boat to Oz, a land where there is no time. Unwittingly, they activate Tic Toc and time begins in Oz.

Their adventures lead them to a giant wisecracking chicken, the Wheelers, Princess Langwidere (she of many heads), and to the super strong and wise Ozma.

Ozma rescues Uncle Henry from the lair of the gnome king and teaches Dorothy to look beyond Uncle Henry’s outward signs of aging to recognize his true competence, energy and worth.

The Oregon High School Drama students will perform "Ozma" at the OHS Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Perry Pkwy.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door. "Ozma of Oz: A Tale of Time" shows are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and a matinee show at 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

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