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Dec 20, 2012 2:02 PM by Associated Press

The "Wizard" captivates in Santa Maria

The PCPA is in the midst of its last production in the Marian Theatre before the facility gets a massive facelift and they're bidding the old venue farewell with a spectacular show... "The Wizard of Oz."
As in the iconic movie, there's great music, a wild storm, plenty of witchcraft, and a message of inner strength. It's today's Local Spotlight.
The Kansas farm girl swept up by a tornado, then deposited in a magical land... where everything is exotic, yet somehow familiar. Dorothy wanted out of her uneventful home life. But once transported, she spends all her time trying to get back home. In fact, each of the characters is looking for something they don't think they have. The cast members say that's the big lesson here.
"All those things that you really, really want, you already have the ability...you already have that contained within you," explains Quinn Mattfeld. He plays the farm hand with a strong resemblance to the Scarecrow.
Andy Philpot, who plays the Tinman, clarifies. "We're yearning after this thing that we already have. I spend most of the play just feeling things," he says of the kindly metal man, "...crying, getting angry, nurturing Dorothy. If I don't have a heart already, it's kind of odd. Clearly I got a lot of heart."
Overall, it's an impressive production--colorful, bold, and inventive. Where the movie could rely on a slew of special effects, this cast and crew substitute clever stage craft... appropriate given the message.
"All of the things that you love and want are all around you if you notice it and if you pay attention," smiles Mattfeld.
"The Wizard of Oz" runs through December 26th at the Marian Theatre on the Alan Hancock College campus in Santa Maria.
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