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Cast named for ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Olmstead lands role of Dorothy; Kunkel repeats in title role

— Alexis Olmstead will portray Dorothy and Stephen Kunkel will be the Wizard when Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus stages “The Wizard of Oz” next spring.

Auditions were Nov. 16 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

The show is planned for May 2-4 and May 9-11.

Kunkel portrayed the Wizard when the group staged the musical in 2001.

The cast includes: Alexis Olmstead, Dorothy Gale; Betsy Rainsford, Wicked Witch; Lydia Amaya, Almira Gulch; Chloe Wilson, Glinda; Jacqueline Sklar, Aunt Em; Stephen Kunkel, Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz; Al Camp, Uncle Henry; Doni Phillips, Scarecrow; Will Hughes, Hunk; Ugo Bartell, Tinman; Brandon Medina, Hickory; Jim Richards, Cowardly Lion; Nathan Cardenas, Zeke; Olivia Richards, Toto;

Kennedi Bartell, Nikko; Harry Dorsten, Guard; Nicholas Ferriell, Winkie General; Rocky Hutson, Jerushah Mintzer and Lisa Lindsay, Crows; Lynn Hoover, Rita Ingram and Ashley James, Apple Trees; Chelsea Johnson, Libby Ellman, Samantha Rabenold, Nichole Hall, Alyssa Richards, Erin Meehan and Hailey Shiflett, Cyclone Dancers; Rocky Hutson, Jerushah Mintzer, Lisa Lindsay, Rita Ingram and Ashley James, Ozians;

Sue Radek, Ruth Ingram, Alexa Gee, Mya Delano, Kendall Leaver and Cierra Williams, Beauticians; Will Hughes, Al Camp, Laura Giambalvo, Peg Finch, Ally Schultz and Kimberly Pfitzer, Maintenance; Jerushah Mintzer, Kendall Leaver, Laura Giambalvo, Nathan Cardenas, Kimberly Pfitzer, Cierra Williams, Ally Shultz, Ruth Ingram, Alexa Gee and Mya Delano, Winkies;

Chelsea Johnson, Libby Ellman, Samantha Rabenold, Nichole Hall, Alyssa Richards, Erin Meehan, Hailey Shiflett, Dustin Vaughn, Lynn Hoover and Brandon Medina, Jitterbugs; Joseph Richards, Elijah Richards and James Dell, Spooks; Serenity Rabenold and Malachi Delano, Winged Monkeys.

Munchkins (also poppies): Kennedi Bartell, Dustin Vaughn, Phaon Rabenold, Mary MacDonald and Alexis Lindsay, Munchkin Chorus; Sara Ingram, Mayor; Malachi Delano, Coroner; Joseph Richards, Barrister; Serenity Rabenold, Maria Duncan and Caitlyn Coulter, Lullaby League; Levi Stone, Elijah Richards and Damion Dell, Lollipop Guild; Aspen Hoover, Liberty Linklater, Daniel Garcia and Trevor Lindsay, Munchkin solos.

Janelle Cutuli will direct the show. Others working behind the scenes are Kim Herriman, producer; Judy Johnston, mentor/scenery and lighting design; Susan Graves, costumer; Lisa Cutrell, choreograher; Cari Zachow, stage manager; Don Pearce, conductor; Nicole Leese, technical director; Autumn Martin and Karen Schimpf, props; Doug Leese, master electrician; Corina Radford, makeup and hair.

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