The National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz” announced that children from the Orange area will perform the roles of “munchkins” while the classic is live on stage in their hometown. 

“The Wizard of Oz,” at the Lutcher Theater Saturday and Sunday, sounded the alarm to find a group of 12 local children to perform the roles of “munchkins” as part of their continuing arts education. 

This opportunity will provide the Orange area children with real-life touring theater experience. They will discover what it’s like to be part of a professional company, learn choreography by Leigh Constantine and be outfitted in the costume designs of Tim McQuillen-Wright. It’s a unique experience and an incredible opportunity for these aspiring actors/actresses to follow their yellow brick road. 

The lucky children to perform at the Lutcher engagement are Brielle Butler, Meg Clark, Chase Courtier, Lani Daniels, Michaela Dorsey, Haley Ebner, Hunner Font, Brie Martin, Meara Patterson, Kaylee Pattillo, Hailee Sasser and Alexandra Saucier.

This spectacular presentation celebrates the 70th anniversary of the iconic MGM film, starring Judy Garland. Expect to hear the original songs and experience all anticipated special effects including tornados, magic and flying monkeys.

Along with the excitement of this event, the theater would like to make sure all “Totos” in the area are fed for the holiday season and is sponsoring a pet food drive. Area residents who donate a 20-pound bag of select pet food or an equivalent gift card, will receive a free stuffed Toto dog. Pet food may be dropped off Saturday and Sunday at the theater’s circle drive. 

Tickets for three performances of “The Wizard of Oz” start at $35. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available online at or at 707 Main Ave. To reserve tickets over the phone or for group sales, call 886-5535.

The theater thanks Akrotex, the Southeast Texas Arts Council and Ken Wernig for helping to make this event possible.

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