Timber Lake needs support for flying effects

Playhouse hopes to incorporate flying Wicked Witch, monkeys, Glinda, hot air balloon in its production of The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz has high hopes of flying across the Timber Lake Playhouse stage starting this July. The production anticipates exciting flying effects to occur including: The Wicked Witch on her broom, flying monkeys, Glinda on her Magic Bubble, The Wizard floating off in his balloon, and more! The staff of TLP is asking for the community’s help to make this flying dream into a magical reality that will thrill the young and the young-at-heart!

“The $5,000 needed for the flying effects is well beyond our modest summer budget,” states Artistic Director Brad Lyons, who is helming the fund-raiser with Public Relations Director Brittany Meier. “Still, our Resident Company couldn’t imagine a ‘Land of Oz’ where the monkeys walk, and the Wicked Witch is grounded. So, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to raise the funds needed.”

The company is accepting monetary donations that will go directly to this special fund to ensure the effects can be rented. As a token of appreciation, every donation exceeding $20 will be rewarded with a special “Fly My Pretties” T-shirt, complete with a graphic of the Wicked Witch of the West and her monkeys flying overhead. Buttons with the same logo are given for donations of $5 or more.

Corporate and private sponsorships are also available for businesses and individuals that would like to contribute more generously. In turn, those sponsors will be recognized during the run of The Wizard of Oz, running July 27-Aug. 6. A special section of the playbill will be provided to thank these contributors.

The staff is working to raise the $5,000 by mid-July, when the production begins rehearsals. Buttons and T-shirts are available at Playhouse performances throughout the season, and one can watch for donation buckets at various locations throughout the area. To assist in making this a fantastic experience for the whole community, please contact Brittany Meier at 244-2048. Office hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Remember, “Fly My Pretties, Fly!”

From the June 28-July 4, 2006, issue

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