Dorothy Gale dreams of escaping her mundane life. The familys mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothys cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. Suddenly a cyclone hits and Dorothy and Toto are transported to the Land of Oz. In Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Dorothys house has landed upon the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine. The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West appears. Unable to reclaim her sisters shoes, the Witch vows to return and quickly vanishes. Dorothy sets off to see the Wizard of Oz.
Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends: The Scarecrow, The Tinman and the Lion. Together, they make their way towards Oz. The travelers, arriving at the Emerald City, are delayed by a stubborn Gatekeeper, but Dorothys tears convince him to relent and let them in. Finally, they meet the Wizard, who demands the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. The four friends travel into the forest. They encounter jitterbugs, who make them dance until they collapse from exhaustion. The Wicked Witchs flying monkeys capture Dorothy and Toto. The Witch vows to take Dorothys life. The Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman infiltrate the castle disguised as Winkie guards. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch interferes, threatening the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy, dousing the flames with water, accidentally strikes the Witch, who smoulders and melts. The four friends, triumphant, take the Witchs broom back to the Wizard.
The Wizard remains imperious and imposing, but Toto pulls aside a curtain to reveal a meek and ordinary man speaking into a microphone. The Wizard, revealed to be a humbug, grants each travelers request, giving the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion each a token of his newly-acquired ability. The Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off, and Dorothy is left alone and crestfallen. Glinda appears and explains that Dorothy has always had the power to return home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times, and repeat to herself, Theres no place like home. Back in Kansas, Dorothy awakens, confused, with a bump on her head. Reunited with all her loved ones, and relieved to learn the storm has left Miss Gulch incapacitated by a broken leg, Dorothy shares the tale of her miraculous journey, celebrating the joy and healing power of home.
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Naperville, IL 60540