This being the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” Spring-Ford Area Senior High School is paying tribute to the classic story and marking new grounds for musicals done at the high school level.
The cast is on the larger side, with 45 high school cast members and 20 elementary-aged munchkins, and aims to appeal to audiences of all ages.
The students of the cast have worked hard at perfecting their performances throughout the show so as to seem as if done by professionals rather than high school freshmen or seniors. The Scarecrow, played by Stephanie Hodge, is full of quirky wit and longing for a brain, while Olivia Cianciulli, playing the Wicked Witch, aims to play her part well enough to convince the audience she’s actually mean.
By the end of the show, the audience will be pulling for Dorothy, played by Kailey Edwards, to come home. The actors are not only trying to give excellent performances, but pull the audience in to make theater-goers believe they’re in Oz themselves.
Director Katie Foulke said she is most excited to have such a community involvement in the theatre program and to be bringing something new to Spring-Ford.
“The Wizard of Oz” is an elaborate show, with witches casting spells and throwing fire, spinning tornadoes and, of course, the magical ruby slippers. Audiences will notice slight variations from the original movie, such as Glinda’s pink puffy dress now being Emerald City Green, as well as included dance numbers that are usually cut out of the show. These changes are not only meant to offer more entertainment for the audience members, but more opportunities on stage for the entire cast.
There are four shows audiences can attend. The show premeirs March 20 at 6:30 p.m. The musical will also show Friday, March 21, at 7p.m., and twice on March 22, at 1 and 7p.m.
Saturday will be very busy because that morning, at 11a.m., there will be a character brunch where audiences can meet all their favorite characters, such as Glinda, Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. The brunch ticket includes the matinee show Saturday.
The cast is excited to show the public all that they’ve accomplished over the past couple of months and to take audiences on a journey with them over the rainbow and into Oz.
Jackie Pascale is a senior at Spring-Ford Area High School and is the student producer for “The Wizard of Oz.”