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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:00 am

Wizards and witches abound in the Brazos Valley, so pick your favorite tale of Oz - or choose them both. Unity Theatre in Brenham has been in a sprint down the yellow brick road this weekend with seven shows of The Wizard of Oz in four days, the final one today at 4 p.m. The cast and crew produced double shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday and close the musical this afternoon at their 300 Church Street house. This is the Prince Street Players version with some different music than you're used to. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and youth.

Now coming up next weekend, down the road in Navasota, the Navasota Theatre Alliance presents Oz! This is based on the Frank L. Baum classic you know and love, complete with Dorothy, Toto, the Munchkins, a bad witch, a dead witch and a good witch and the scare crow, lion and tinman and the elusive ruby slippers.

There are just four shows of Oz at the Sunny Furman Theatre at 104 West Washington Street: Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and next Sunday at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $10 and $5 and available on the alliance's website www.navasotatheatre.com.

The first weekend of StageCenter's The Mousetrap is done but there are two more weekends coming up. It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 11.

This is an Agatha Christie mystery with a murderer among the strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm. Whodunit? Well maybe one of the newlyweds Mollie and Giles Ralston played by Erin Wilhite and Eric Burton - they run Monkswell Manor and suspect each other; the masculine-ish spinster with a questionable past life, Miss Casewell, played by Christina Waller; the architect Christopher Wren, played by Jack Brazil; the retired Army officer, Maj. Metcalf, played by Dan Paul; a strange neurotic man, Mr. Paravacini, played by J. Paul Teel; or an annoying and quarrelsome former jurist, Mrs. Boyle, played by Lisa Hubacek. Trying to solve it all is Detective Trotter, played by Mark Taylor.

Tickets are $6 for the Thursday night shows and $8 and $10 for the Friday and Saturday shows. They are available online at www.stagecenter.info.

You are invited tonight to The Theatre Company for its Preview Party to announce the line-up for its 25th season. Randy Wilson will open the doors at 6:30 p.m. and the announcement starts at 7 p.m. at the theater located behind the east end of the Tejas Center in Bryan. It's free and anniversary cake will be served.

- Sunday - Unity Theatre Brenham presents The Wizard of Oz (979-830-8358, www.unitybrenham.org)

- Sunday-Aug. 11 - StageCenter Theatre presents The Mousetrap (823-4297, stagecenter.net)

- Sunday - The Theatre Company's "Preview Party", 6:30 p.m. (779-1302, theatrecompany.com- Monday - Brazos Valley Chorale presents "Summer Sing", 7 p.m., The Brazos Center (776-1776, bvchorale.org)

- Monday-Tuesday - Huntsville Community Theatre hold auditions for The Boys Next Door, 6 p.m., Old Town Theatre (936-291-7933, huntsvillecommunitytheatre.org)

- Friday-Sunday - Navasota Theatre Alliance presents Oz (936-825-3195, navasotatheatre.com)

- Aug. 9-Sept. 29 - Arts Council of the Brazos Valley presents Laurent S. Smith: Masterpieces Rescued From Hurricane Katrina (696-2787, acbv.org)

- Aug. 16-25 - Brazos Valley TROUPE presents Into The Woods Junior (846-4903, bvtroupe.com)

- Oct. 5-19 - Arts Council of the Brazos Valley presents Reflections of a Special Olympics Athlete (696-2787, acbv.org)

- All Month - George Bush Library and Museum presents Headed to the White House (691-4000, bushlibrary.tamu.edu)

- All Month - Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley in downtown Bryan offer various programs, including Monday Madness, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (779-5437, cmbv.org)

-Tom Turbiville is The Eagle's arts columnist. He is also sports director for WTAW-1620 AM and Bryan Broadcasting. Email him at tom.turbiville@theeagle.com.

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