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The Yellow Brick Road - Theatreworks USA presents its 23rd annual FREE Summer Theatre program: an all-new salsa and merengue-infused musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz. As Dora Inez Garza is preparing for her 15th birthday fiesta, put together by her mother and uncles, she starts to feel trapped between her heritage and a desire to be like a contemporary American teen. With help from a mysterious woman’s enchanted gift, Dora is swept up into a grand tornado that drops her (and her little chiuahua, too) in a magical world where she must slip on ruby zapatillas and take a journey of self-discovery down the yellow brick road to seek the help of la Maravillosa Maga de Oz, the Wizard of Oz -- the only person who can help her return home. Along the way she befriends a tongue-tied scarecrow, a heartless iron chef, a cowardly mountain lion -- and a crazy, mean bruja intent on total world domination who desperately wants Dora’s zapatillas.