Kids have a special invitation to step into the spotlight this weekend. Never before has a show at the Clermont Performing Arts Center brought the audience onstage to be part of the production. “Journey to Oz” comes to life at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Sat., Oct. 20 at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. For only $7.50 per child’s ticket, it’s a bargain! Just in time for Halloween, children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character in this fantastic new adaptation. To top it all off, every kid in attendance gets free candy. It’s the perfect plan for some holiday fun and to get some extra wear out of their costumes this year. As for their moments in the spotlight, kids will be invited to go to Oz with Dorothy and become part of the experiential production — singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors. When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer Josh Totora.

Students play 16 individual roles during the play, in addition to a few who are picked to dance in the Emerald City. The entire audience will sing, create sound effects, participate in call and response, and play Munchkins, Winkies, Crows and Flying Monkeys. It’s sure to be an exciting thrill at Lake County’s largest theater, which holds up to 1,200 seats. “Journey to Oz” originated at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, where the target audience was 4- to 12-year-old students (grades K-6), and family audiences of all ages. Buy your tickets for “Journey to Oz” today at box office is open 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as two hours before showtime. Questions? Call 352-394-4800.

The 2018-2019 season offers an extraordinary variety of performances to match the diverse tastes of its Central Florida Community. From “One Night in Memphis” to “Journey to Oz” to “Flamenco Vivo” and “Illuminate,” this is a season of surprises. Plus, the theater is closer than you think!