One of the greatest family musicals of all time, “The Wizard of Oz,” is touching down in Ames at Stephens Auditorium on Jan. 30.

This magical production is a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Leading the cast as Dorothy is Kalie Kaimann. She previously played this role for the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. She has also performed as Bonnie in “Anything Goes,” Logainne in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Ulla in “The Producers,” Millie Dilmount in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly!” She received a Best Featured Actress in a Musical by for her performance as Minnie Fay.

Chris Duir will play the role of Scarecrow/Hunk. For Prather Entertainment Group, he played the role of Bert in “Mary Poppins” and Eugene in the national tour of “Grease.” Regional credits include “Crazy For You” (Bobby Child), “Damn Yankees” (Smokey), “The Drowsy Chaperone” (George) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (Production Tenor). He was also a singer for Celebrity Cruises and Galaxy Macau Resort.

Christopher Russell will portray Tinman/Hickory. He performed as Avram/Perchik understudy in the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Regionally he has performed in “Funny Girl” (Eddie Ryan), “The Producers” (Leo Bloom), “The Full Monty” (Jerry Lukowski), “Lend Me A Tenor” (Max), “Steppin’ Out” (Geoffrey), “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (Freddy Benson) and “Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical” (Wally), for which he also composed the original score.

Victor Legarreta will portray the Lion/Zeke. Legarreta has performed professionally in over 150 productions nationally, internationally and on cruise ships including the recent roles of the Cop in the comedy “Shear Madness,” Public Enemy No. 1 in “Anything Goes” and numerous comedies for Prather Entertainment Group. He is also a director and has written many musical revues. He previously portrayed the Cowardly Lion at the Broadway Palm in Fort Myers, Fla.

The other leading roles will be played by: Emily Perzan as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West, Kirk Lawrence as Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz, Ashleigh Thompson as Aunt Em/Glinda, and Michael Weaver as Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper.

And of course everyone wants to know who will play Toto. His name is Murphy and he is a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier mix with scruffy fur and an adorable under bite. Murphy was rescued on Feb. 5, 2016, from the ASPCA in Chandler, Ariz., by Lizzie Webb, music director for “The Wizard of Oz” tour, and was immediately welcomed into the theater world. He has been a trusty backstage companion, a pit orchestra puppy, sleeping at mom’s feet while she plays piano and conducts shows, and within a few months of adoption he was onstage as Willoughby in “Mary Poppins.” This will be his second time playing Toto. He even has his own hashtag! #montanamurphy

Dean Sobon will serve as the director and previously created the national tours of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Amy McCleary will create the magical choreography and she was the director/choreographer of the national tour of “Memphis, the Musical” and the choreographer of the national tour of “The Wedding Singer.” The team of Sobon and McCleary will take Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City.

Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the other beloved characters, “The Wizard of Oz” will have the entire family captivated.

Tickets range fro $25 to $78 and are available at the Iowa State Center ticket office, and (800) 745-3000.