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Abby Varkalis, portraying Dorothy Gale, sings during a rehearsal for “Over the Rainbow” Sunday, June 11, at St. Bernard Parish in Homer Glen. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
Brooke Ferricks, 14, directs the cast of “Over the Rainbow” Sunday, June 11, at St. Bernard Parish in Homer Glen.
Abby Varkalis, portraying Dorothy Gale, rehearses a scene during the practice.
The Kolpacki family home was destroyed last December as the result of a natural gas leak. Brooke Ferricks and the cast hope to raise at least $2,000 from the show to help the family as they continue to recover. 22nd Century Media File Photo
Thomas Czaja, Contributing Editor 
8:00 am CDT June 13, 2017
When Brooke’s Backyard Productions staged its first show, “The Wizard of Oz,” in 2015, approximately 50 audience members crowded into a living room and kitchen to watch Dorothy Gale travel down the yellow brick road to Emerald City.