The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ — YOUNG PERFORMERS’ EDITION


Sioux Falls, SD — The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) at the Washington Pavilion presents five performances of THE WIZARD OF OZ — YOUNG PERFORMERS’ EDITION April 28–May 1, 2022, at the Orpheum Theater Center. Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road. This classic musical will have you remembering why there is “No Place Like Home.”

Eighteen-year-old Emma Boyens stars as Scarecrow. She is a senior at Lincoln High School and will study theater at Augustana University in the fall.

“I feel like I am getting to challenge myself with this character, to grow and change with this character throughout the whole show,” says Boyens. “The audience will love the dancing, and it’s going to be really fun, since we get to be goofy on stage.”

Boyens has performed in about 15 DAPA productions, starting at the age of 9 or 10, and has found her true community of friends through the program. Her two best friends are playing Dorothy and Tin Man.

“The best part of DAPA is getting to perform with my best friends, and this show is our last theater experience together before we go off to college. We are excited to see how all of it comes together,” says Boyens.

This DAPA production of THE WIZARD OF OZ includes an all-youth cast ages 6–18, some of whom also are doing their own makeup for the shows. But don’t let that fool you. These actors will knock you off your feet with their talent, and the costumes and sets are spectacular. The shows serve as great introduction to the theatre for young audiences while also delighting seasoned theatre-lovers with the wealth of talent displayed by the young performers.

The performances are made possible by generous sponsors: Mount Marty University, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Avera and First National Bank in Sioux Falls. Wing Stop also is a sponsor of this show.

To purchase tickets, go to, visit the Washington Pavilion Box Office at 301 S. Main Ave. or call 605-367-6000.

Photos of the cast are available here:

About the Orpheum Theater Center

The Orpheum Theater Center in downtown Sioux Falls features two distinct spaces: the 686-seat Historic Orpheum Theater, built in 1913, and the Anne Zabel Studio Theater with room for up to 250 people. The center hosts plays, concerts, dance and other forms of entertainment throughout the year. It is also a venue for weddings, meetings, banquets, conferences and trade shows and offers office space for several organizations as well. The Orpheum Theater was listed on the national register of historic places in 1983. On July 1, 2019, Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. began overseeing its operations, both in managing the facility and ticketing events.

About Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. (WPMI)

Washington Pavilion Management, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the largest arts organization in the state. The management company oversees and programs two historic City of Sioux Falls facilities: the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science and the Orpheum Theater Center. The company also provides professional management services, including administration; arts, science and educational programming; ticketing; event management; marketing; and more to other arts and nonprofit organizations. For information, please call 605-367-6000 or visit