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By on April 19, 2017

They’re off to see the Wizard!

Join Kissel Hill Elementary fifth and sixth graders on their journey “somewhere over the rainbow,” as they present the classic, “Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition” on Friday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m., in the school’s auditorium, 215 Landis Valley Road.

The cast of beloved characters consists of Piper Hepler as Dorothy, twin brothers Zachary and Xavier Flaiz as the Scarecrow and Tin Man, Kylie Heuyard as the Cowardly Lion, Grace Kegel as the Wicked Witch, Jayna Wilbur as Glinda the Good, and Marin Davis as the Wizard of Oz.

The principal actors in Kissel Hill Elementary School’s “Wizard of Oz” are Zachary Flaiz at Scarecrow; Kylie Heuyard as the Cowardly Lion; Piper Hepler as Dorothy; and Xavier Flaiz as the Tin Man.

The principal actors in Kissel Hill Elementary School’s “Wizard of Oz” are Zachary Flaiz at Scarecrow; Kylie Heuyard as the Cowardly Lion; Piper Hepler as Dorothy; and Xavier Flaiz as the Tin Man.

Under the direction of Tracey Davis and Aimee Ketchum, the students of Kissel Hill Elementary will perform and present the musical completely on their own — including lights, sound, stage management and back stage production. With junior directors, Kayla Ketchum and Katie Jeanes, and special help from Jennifer Henry, this show is guaranteed to entertain all ages.

Admission is free; to learn more call 626-3703.

The entire "Wizard of Oz" cast.

The entire “Wizard of Oz” cast.

‘Annie, Jr.’

On April 20 and 21, at 7 p.m., Lititz Elementary School, 20 S. Cedar St., will present “Annie Jr.” The show is based on the “Annie” comic book, Broadway musical, and movies.

The cast and crew of 71 students has been working since January to put this show together. Featured roles include: Annie: Zoe Buchanan, Miss Hannigan: Gracie Messersmith, Oliver Warbucks: Michael Caplinger, Grace Farrell: Susannah Clawser, Rooster Hannigan: Andrew McClune, Lily St. Regis: Piper Sobon, Orphans: Kristen Herr, Lauren Leister, Kiki Billis, Savannah Henschel, Sidoney Freeman, and Melanie Hahn. The performances are free.

The cast of "Annie."

The cast of “Annie, Jr.”

How sweet it is!

Born to be Different Productions, a group that desires above all else to use its God-given talents to honor and glorify Him, will be doing its first ever junior theater production.

“A Trip Down Candy Lane” is a colorful and creative musical retelling of the classic “Pilgrim’s Progress,” set in a tasty and fun land of candy.

The dates for this show are Saturday, April 22, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, at 7 p.m. All performances take place at Lititz Area Mennonite School, 1050 E. Newport Road, Lititz.

Actors in “A Trip Down Candy Lane” are (left to right) Tiersha Martin, Timothy Karpitsky, Sydney Heisey, and Caden Weaver. (Photos by Nicole Yutzy)

Actors in “A Trip Down Candy Lane” are (left to right) Tiersha
Martin, Timothy Karpitsky, Sydney Heisey, and Caden Weaver. (Photos by Nicole Yutzy)

Born to be Different Productions is a Christian-based, youth drama program with a musical team that brings good, clean, and inspiring entertainment for the whole family. They encourage young people to use their talents and gifts, while bringing glory to God.

No tickets are required but there will be a free will offering to raise funds for B2BD’s fall production of “On Iron Tides.” Learn more at b2bd.org.

Members of the cast of “A Trip Down Candy Lane” paused for a photo during dress rehearsal. They are (front row, left to right) Caylee Burkholder, Casianna Hodson, Jonah Hodson, Lauren Heisey, and Madelyn Weaver; (back row, l-r) Brianna Burkholder, Jeriah Hodson, Blake Hoover, Samantha Weaver, Miranda Zimmerman, and Landon Hoover.

Members of the cast of “A Trip Down Candy Lane” paused for a photo during dress rehearsal. They are (front row, left to right) Caylee Burkholder, Casianna Hodson, Jonah Hodson, Lauren Heisey, and Madelyn Weaver; (back row, l-r) Brianna Burkholder, Jeriah Hodson, Blake Hoover, Samantha Weaver, Miranda Zimmerman, and Landon Hoover.

‘Oliver Twist’

Lititz Area Mennonite School, 1050 E. Newport Road, will stage the Charles Dickens classic, “Oliver Twist,” May 10 at 12:30 p.m., and May 11 and 12 at 7 p.m.

The show includes a cast and crew of more than 40 middle schoolers.

The story’s hero, Oliver Twist (played by Jon Hurst), runs away from a parish workhouse in the English countryside and flees to London, hoping for a better future. Upon his arrival, Oliver is befriended by a young pick-pocket called The Artful Dodger (Zack Horst), who introduces Oliver to one of London’s key thieving rings, as well as its king-pin, Fagin (Josiah Gingrich). Early in this friendship, Oliver is caught up and mistakenly arrested for a crime he did not commit; however, the victim of that crime, Mr. Brownlow (Michael Wenger), has compassion on young Oliver and takes him under his wing. Meanwhile, the mysterious Miss Monks (played by Olivia Harrington) spots Oliver on the street and vows to orchestrate his downfall.

Lititz Area Mennonite School’s production of “Oliver Twist, set for May 10-12, will feature (left to right) Jon Hurst as Oliver, Darrien Jenkins as Mr. Bumble, and Marissa Harrington as Mrs. Corney.

Lititz Area Mennonite School’s production of “Oliver Twist, set for May 10-12, will feature (left to right) Jon Hurst as Oliver, Darrien
Jenkins as Mr. Bumble, and Marissa Harrington as Mrs. Corney.

What follows is a tense collaboration between Monks and Fagin’s gang, as they both seek to pull Oliver back into life on the London street. Nancy (played by Lauren Martin) becomes a pivotal character as she struggles to divide her loyalties between Oliver, the child she has sworn to protect, and Bill Sikes, the ruffian she helplessly loves (played by Michael Zimmerman). The story ends with a combination of justice served and family reunited, as Oliver learns his true origins and inheritance, and Miss Monks is forced to relinquish every claim.

The production runs approximately 90 minutes in length, and charges no admission fee. A free-will offering in support of the LAMS performing arts program will be raised during the intermission. Questions regarding the production should be directed to school’s office at 626-9551.

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