Patrons are invited to go “Over the Rainbow” with Destrehan Theatre this weekend as the group takes an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road and presents their production of Wizard of Oz Nov. 18-20.
Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, and Toto will bargain with the Wizard, escape the menacing Wicked Witch of the West, and brave their way to their highest desires — knowledge, love, courage, and home – on the Lafon Performing Arts Center stage, located 275 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling.
Kyle Aucoin, a music and theatre educator at Destrehan High School, said he and the production’s cast and crew are excited to put on the show.
“It’s one of my favorites,” he said. “I think it’s timely, especially after the past couple years that we’ve had … dealing with COVID and then the hurricane … this show is about this idea of home and finding out what home means to each of us.”
Aucoin said the cast of over 70 includes DHS students as well as homeschooled students and students from 12 of the school district’s schools. He said audiences will hear favorites like “If I Only Had A Brain,” “Ding, Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” and “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” during the production.
The family-friendly show, Aucoin added, features the Destrehan Theatre Broadway Pit orchestra, gorgeous sets and costumes from Madison Square Garden, two adorable mutts as Toto, and tons of special effects.
“In Destrehan’s theatre department we’re family and we take care of each other, and this show celebrates those ideas,” he said. “It seemed like a right fit, and when you have that right fit it just all comes together. Wizard of Oz is definitely the right fit for the kids that we have.”
Four showings of Wizard of Oz will be presented, and tickets are on sale now. Shows are scheduled for Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at 2 and 7:30 pm., and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit lafonartscenter.org/tickets.