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Best Local Musical

1st Place: The Wizard of Oz (EC Children’s Theatre)
2nd Place: The Little Mermaid (EC Children’s Theatre)
3rd Place: The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical!

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre followed the yellow brick road right into the No. 1 spot with this year’s production of The Wizard of Oz. It’s impossible not to have a good time with dancing Munchkins, not to mention the Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow. ECCT also took your votes for the No. 2 musical with its production of The Little Mermaid. (If you missed it the first time, ECCT is presenting an encore production of the show Nov. 18-20). But you voters also appreciate mixing things up a little bit, and the world premiere of The Monster of Phantom Lake: The Musical! at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie demonstrated that. Written, directed, and performed by local talent, this show followed five teens camping near Phantom Lake and one ex-soldier turned revolting monster. — Katy Macek