Applause! Applause!
Marking their 24th production since the late 1980s, the South Church Players will perform the Wizard of Oz for their annual spring musical March 17-19. Focusing on the theme of “no place like home,” proceeds from this year’s production will benefit Andover Cares.
If You Go
When: Friday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 5:30 p.m; Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.
Where: South Church, 41 Central St., Andover
How: Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $48 for a family of four or more. Box Office will be open 10-12 am March 16 & 17 at South Church. Call 978-475-0321 for more information. 
“So many homes in our community and surrounding communities have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. We are thrilled to support Andover Cares this year with our annual musical,” said Linda Zimmerman, who along with Deb White, will again be directing the show this year.
“We are very grateful to South Church for their support and we encourage everyone to come see this wonderful production. It will be a great show supporting an important cause,” said Al Ruthazer of the Rotary Club
Ms. White said the annual musical builds community within the church and serves as a gift to the larger community.
“We not only support community charities, we welcome others from the community to join our show,” she said. “Our cast regularly includes residents of Andover and North Andover as well as members of other faith communities.”
This year’s cast includes Caroline Pace of North Andover as Dorothy, Bruce Waters of Andover as the Scarecrow, Faolan Curtin as the Tin Man, Justin Bacchi of Andover as the Cowardly Lion, Emma Harris of Andover as Glinda and Frannie Eisenman of North Andover as the Wicked Witch.
Ms. Zimmerman noted that again this year new people will hold the lead roles and 6 families will participate together.
“Every year, we watch new stars, especially among the youth, blossom on the stage,” she said. “This year is no different. Our young people in the play are amazing.”
Ms. White noted that the musical welcomes all who want to join.
“No matter how many people try out and no matter what their musical or acting experience, everyone is given a part,” Ms. Zimmerman said. “We welcome everyone into this theater community.  And many participate year after year”.  That includes Donna Schroeder and Ted Harris who have both participated since 1994.  “It’s spring, it’s the play, it’s what I do,” said Mr. Harris.