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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of OZ. Williston's Dance Fusion decided to pay homage to the classic tale of Dorothy, Toto and their magical journey.

The cast consists of dancers from age two to 18 and there are over 145 involved in this show.  The crew has worked on the production of OZ since August. But, don't expect this to be an exact replica of the original.

"We have the story of the original OZ, but with twists in it, twists and turns. We use different music from Wicked and Andrew Lloyd Weber, all kinds of different music," says director Angela Ekblad.

Tonight the production opens at 7, and Dance Fusion is excited to put their own spin on this classic.

"I love how unique our dances are. They're very different from ballet or jazz. We put a little touch of dance fusion in it, a little pizzaz," says Scarecrow dancer Emily Wingerter.

This the first times many of these experienced dancers have combined their art with acting. But for Courtney Castow, who takes on the lead role of Dorothy, that is her favorite part.

"I would have to say all the acting with the dancing. I've never really done that before and it was really exciting to do it," says Castow.

Ekblad is impressed with all the hard work her dancers have put in for this show.

"Our set is wonderful. My girls are wonderful. All the dancers are great. But they are every year," says Ekblad.

If you can't make it Friday, there are also shows on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. as well.

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