The famous movie line, “There’s no place like home,” has become a theme for many Livingston Parish residents this year following the devastating flooding that left so many homeless.

But Springfield High School theater students hope the story of a young girl and her dog who are whisked away by a tornado to a magical land will serve as an entertainment break from real life woes.

The students are presenting a live, on-stage performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The much-beloved story tells of the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard in hopes of returning home.

Along the way, they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage.

Springfield High School Theatre will transform their school’s stage into the magical landscape of Oz, with its most noted landmark, the Yellow Brick Road, for daily performances Mar. 31 through Apr. 8.

The students will present three shows each day, March 31-April 7, at 9 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Admission for each showing is $5.

The students will also offer a special dinner theater performance at 7 p.m. Apr. 8 and admission for that event is $25. Tickets are on sale at the school office.

“The students are excited about performing this musical classic,” said Joe Simmons, the drama teacher at Springfield High School. “The crew has worked so hard to turn the stage into a magical setting. Our audiences can expect outstanding performances.”

The play is based on the 1939 film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale. The fantasy storytelling, musical score and unusual characters have made “The Wizard of Oz” an icon of American popular culture.

Past performances by the school’s drama club include “The Jungle Book,” “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Aladdin,” “Lion King” and “Peter Pan.”

For more information, call (225) 294-3256 or visit http://springhs.lpsb.org.

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