There will be no place like home for four Verona performers next weekend.

Although they won’t be performing in their hometown, they’ll find a slice of home during the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s production of “Wizard of Oz,” running from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. It will run at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

Verona performers include Danny Smith, Evan Patton, Will Rose and Nate Patton. Smith, Evan and Rose are all performers in the show, with Nate working as a 5th grade mentor.

The production, to be held at the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center, 888 Grove St., is a part of the performing group’s “Penguin Project.” The Penguin Project puts on a musical each year for performers who have special needs or different abilities who “wouldn’t otherwise be given the opportunity to perform in a musical theatre production,” a news release from the Civic Theatre stated.

The project, started in 2016, pairs performers with special needs with youth mentors. Together, they rehearse together for five months prior to the show. Mentors appear on stage during the performances, but only in the background to provide assistance to with lines and movements as needed.

“The Penguin Project enhances social interaction, strengthens communication skills and boosts self-confidence,” the release states. “It also provides an opportunity to create lasting friendships and to be a part of the performing arts community.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the door.

For more information about the show and The Penguin Project, visit

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