Follow the yellow brick road to Stephens Auditorium

The national tour of “The Wizard of Oz” is performing at Stephens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The crowd favorite “The Wizard of Oz” is coming to Ames at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday as a part of their spectacular new national tour. The 1939 film’s stage adaptation is taking the Stephens Auditorium stage refreshed and ready to please audiences of all ages.

In celebration of the original film, this production will capture the audience’s attention whether it be their first or hundredth time seeing the production. The set is redesigned with bright colors and over-the-top special effects.

“The Wizard of Oz” has influenced the entertainment industry countless times since the film’s release almost 80 years ago. Iconic lines such as “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” and Judy Garland’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow” have been referenced endlessly and will not be soon forgotten.

The show is starring Kalie Kaimann as Dorothy Gale, who has previously played the role of Dorothy for the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati. She has also received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical by for her performance of Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly!”

Kaimann is accompanied by her furry costar Toto played by the adorable Murphy. He is a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier mix. After being rescued in 2016, he was welcomed to the theatre world. This is Murphy’s second time playing Toto.

This performance of “The Wizard of Oz” is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Ames High School alumni Brian and Tanya Anderson.

Tickets start at $25 and are available through the Stephens Auditorium box office, online at or by calling 800-745-300. There is also a pre-show dinner offered for $32. Advanced tickets are required for the dinner.