Bolton students to present musical 'The Wiz'

BOLTON LANDING - No less than 320 students will be headed down the "yellow brick road" as they present the upcoming musical production "The Wiz" at Bolton Central School.

The high school's Drama Club will present The Wiz at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 19 and 20, in the Bolton Central School gymnasium. Tickets are $5 each and can be reserved in advance by calling the school at 644-2400 beginning March 5. Unreserved tickets will be available at the door the night of each performance.

A preview family night featuring highlights from the show will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday March 18. Intended for younger children, this performance will be shorter in length with no intermission. Admission is free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The entire cast includes more than 30 BCS students in grades 9-12 and a student band will provide much of the live music. The cast features: Tyler Calzada as The Wiz, Annelise Jensen as Dorothy, Mark Dawson as the Scarecrow, Matt Peterson, the Tinman, and Evan Malone as the Lion. The Good Witches of the North will be played by Erin Rafferty and her counterpart from the South is portrayed by Courtney Kincaid. Laura Jensen will play the Wicked Witch of the West.

Directing the school musical again this year is secondary Social Studies teacher Paul Weick.

Weick said he chose this show because of the memorable music in it, such as the popular "Ease on Down the Road," and the humorous script.

"The Wiz" is based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum and set to soul and jazz music.

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