New interpretations of the Wizard of Oz at Elk Rapids High School

Melanie Vandenberg sings "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as Dorothy.

The classic story of the Wizard of Oz is being brought to life once again, but this time through the vision of a younger generation. The Elk Rapids High School Drama Department is putting on the beloved show this weekend but with a twist. Some of the castmembers describe it as having more of a "steam punk" feel and though the story is the same the show is refreshed with this new light.

A few of the stars of the show stopped by and performed the timeless song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

See the full video featuring Hayley Walton as the Wicked Witch, Isaac Vanderwal as the Wizard of Oz, and Melanie Vandenberg as Dorothy. Melanie Stoll is the accompanist.

All the shows are in the Peterman Auditorium in Elk Rapids High School.

Thursday, April 24th at 7pm

Friday, April 25th at 7pm

Saturday, April 26 at 2pm & 7pm

Sunday at 5pm

Tickets are $5 Students/$10 Adults in advance, $7/12 at the door.

Tickets can be reserved by calling. 231-264-8108 (Elk Rapids High School).

Full Cast List:

Dorothy - Melanie Vandenberg

Scarecrow - Jacob Fedrigon

Tinman - Austin Wolfgram

Lion - Guy Heger

Wicked Witch of the West - Hayley Walton

Glinda the Good Witch - Kate LaLone

Wizard of Oz - Isaac Vanderwal


Director/Music Director - Rob Stow

Assistant Director/Choreographer - Blair Grammer

Producer - Annie Goodman

Costume Design - Kerry LaLone

Projection Design - Brittany Merenda