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There's No Place Like Home


The "Wizard of Oz" takes over Thalia Mara Hall Jan. 14-15.

After fierce winds encircle a house lifting it off its foundation, 12-year-old Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, step outside and enter a land more beautiful than words. To their amazement, they have reached a point of no return as they meet Glenda The Good Witch and the munchkins, and are hailed as heroes for slaying the Wicked Witch who lies beneath their house.

On Jan. 14 and 15, join the adventures of "The Wizard of Oz" when this spectacular show lights up the stage at Thalia Mara Hall complete with special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs. The show will also include young local dancers from Ballet Mississippi.

"These kids are sharp as tacks," says David Keary, artistic director of Ballet Mississippi, who also choreographs a full-length production of "The Nutcracker" at Thalia Mara each year. Keary's career includes stage and television work.

The 12 ballet students will play the role of the munchkins, the tiny people who greet Dorothy when she arrives in the Land of Oz.

W. Kessler Ltd is bringing this traveling Broadway show to Jackson. "We've been bringing shows to Jackson for 27 years," says company owner Averyell Kessler.

"My husband and I do this together." The company has brought professional shows from Broadway, Australia and Great Britain to Thalia Maria. "Everyone can't take their children to New York," Kessler says.

The Wizard of Oz is sure to mesmerize diverse audiences of all ages. "It's a wonderful opportunity for the young people to be involved in professional theatre," Kessler says. "Having a young person involved in this type of production gives them a whole new outlook."

See the stage production of "The Wizard of Oz" Jan.14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets prices range from $15 to $56.50 and are available by calling 601-981-1847. For additional information, visit

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