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‘Wonderland’ meets ‘Oz’ in Cloquet play

Landon Hall, as the Tin Man, wonders if Humpty Dumpty, played by Gabriel Berg, has seen the lost Dorothy. (Jill Pertler / Pine Journal)

What happens when the worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide? Theater-lovers will find out this weekend if they attend Cloquet High School’s presentation of its spring play, “Dorothy in Wonderland.” The play is an adaptation of the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll.

“This is truly a show that the whole family will enjoy. There’s songs and dancing — even tap dancing — with lots of jokes and laughter thrown in as favorite characters from both Oz and Wonderland try to help Dorothy get back to Kansas,” said Kevin Hamre, the show’s director. “The kids will be giggling in their seats, right next to mom and dad. There’s something here for everyone of all ages, I promise, but be sure to bring a tissue for the ending. A good tear is always good for the soul.”

Hamre says the visual effects are — literally — at an elevated level in this play. “We’ve got actors flying across stage,” he said.

The gist of the mashup has Dorothy Gale and Toto (played by real-life pooch Pepper Papas) preparing to board the hot air balloon to return to Kansas when another whirlwind appears over Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion away to Wonderland, and a new adventure begins for everyone.

Evening show times run today and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students, and can be purchased at Cloquet High School, 1000 18th St. Cloquet, at the door beginning one hour before each show.