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New Berlin -- "The Wizard of Oz" will swirl onto the New Berlin West Performing Arts Center stage like a tornado, bringing with it a scene that was striped from the film.

Who knows why it was cut from the original script, maybe time, said director Judith Smith.

"It's one of the best scenes in the entire show," Smith said. It involves the munchkins doing the jitterbug with Dorothy and her three friends.

"It's one of the best scenes in the entire show."

Tornado to hit

The most dramatic scene is the tornado that picks up Dorothy, Toto and their whole house and deposits them all in the Land of Oz.

"We've got a pretty good technique to make people believe there is a tornado," she said.

Also believable will be little Toto who will be a live dog,

"We have a lovely pair of Totos, sisters, just in case, and both are quite good," she said.

One of the things that sets this production apart is the high caliber of Dorothy and her three friends, she said.

It's chemistry

"I've never seen four people work so well together. They play off each other. It's total chemistry," she said. "We have incredible talent."

"The Wizard of Oz" will be presented Aug. 5 through 14, at the WestPAC, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave. More than 80 community actors, artists and musicians will be featured in the production. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m.Sundays.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $9 for those 60 and over, $7 for students and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased on-line, at the administrative office of New Berlin West Middle and High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and at the box office starting an hour before curtain. Visit nbexcellence.org/community/westpac.cfm or call 262-789-6406 for more information.

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