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