| 3 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, |

The yellow brick road leads to the stage at the Center for Performing Arts as the Dexter Drama Club presents, The Wizard of Oz.

The Dexter Drama Club, which is not your average high school theater program, has been hard at work with the hope to show their creativity in the best possible light. They typically leave no one disappointed. 

With evening shows as 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, October 26 and the matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, the Dexter Drama Club said it plans to take performance-goers down the yellow brick road into the wonderful land of Oz with Dorothy and her new friends on their journey to meet the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City.


This performance includes students from grades 7th through 12th, and it is a talented cast. The mix of different ages lends itself to fun, high energy performances to go along with the creative costumes and amazing staging.

DHS junior Zoe Nowak, who plays Dorothy, said they are putting on an “amazing, feel good, classic show.”

Nowak said she is having fun playing Dorothy because the character is a good mix of emotions. From whiny to funny to being a good friend, Nowak said learning her part has been really fun. She expects the show to be an overall great one because of the work they’ve put in, and because the story is such a classic.

“I don’t want to sound cheesy, but it really is such a magical show,” Nowak said, citing the great set design, action scenes to the singing and acting.

She said working on the show has also really brought the cast together and bonded them.

Another one of the show’s cast members, Antonia Butka, describes the production in the club’s announcement letter in three words: “Magical, Wonderful, and Green.”

Butka said that the iconic movie known and loved by so many comes alive in the DHS theater, ensuring that “this is a show you’re not going to want to miss.”

The show will feature the classic tunes, such as “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re off to see the Wizard,” but it also has some new additions such as “The Jitterbug.”

The story is an all-time favorite for many adults and kids alike. 

Junior Emma Brooks is one of the musicians in the pit orchestra helping to bring the show to life. She said the music can be challenging at times, but it’s also fun. She said she likes it because it’s really jazzy and fun.

The club is performing the stage version of the show, which does include some exciting changes from the movie version. There’s the tornado, Dorothy and Toto, munchkins, a wizard, but this show has a wicked warlock. There are also new songs and other surprises that give the story a little bit of a different spin.

“It will still be a family favorite but with just a little bit more for everyone to enjoy!” the club said. “Our students will also fly through the air – a stunning special effect that will thrill the audience!”

In addition to the students performing, there is a lot of them doing behind the scenes work and helping to make the show a good one.

DHS senior Angela Garza is one. She’s helping to lead the publicity and getting the word out. Her team has been making signs, putting together letters to announce the shows and when the shows happen they will be doing more work to help make sure the experience is a good one for attendees. She said they are working on having attendees follow the yellow brick road right into the theater.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The club accepts cash or checks. All tickets are sold at the door for general seating. There are no advanced ticket sales or reserved seating. 

The theater is located at DHS, 2200 N. Parker Road in Dexter.