There’s The Wiz, there’s Wicked, and all variations thereof, but nothing beats the original Wizard of Oz!
Hillview Middle School Drama brings us this classic from 75 years ago, double-casting to make room for the participation of almost 60 students. Tania Merolla and Kayla Kranen star as little Dorothy Gale, guiding us through the story with songs like Somewhere Over the Rainbow, originally performed by Judy Garland. When asked, the two of them said that they simply loved the opportunity to be in such an amazing show.
So whether it’s kids who are in 7th or 8th grade or whether it’s Abby Goudey, first time Munchkin performer, or Izzie Nada, double-cast for the Wizard, who’s been with the program since her first year at Hillview, the whole cast is very excited to see the final production come together.
Many cast members (including the extremely helpful tech/prop/backstage crew) also enjoy the lasting relationships that develop within their valuable theatre family. Yes, sometimes a good inside joke is just what a nervous actor needs, when walking onstage, to help them give it their emotional all.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at 3:30 pm, Friday, March 14th at 7:00, and Saturday, March 15th at 1:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Author of this post, Jack Larkins, is in seventh grade at Hillview; he’s appearing in the The Wizard of Oz as Uncle Henry, a part he shares with Caroline Cronin.
Top photo by Jack Larkins; photo of Jack (left) with Dorothy and Glinda by Rebecca Flanagan