Schroon Lake The Wicked Witch. The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, Dorothy. They’re all coming to Schroon Lake Central School.
The school’s drama club will present “The Wizard of Oz” Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, at 7 p.m.
“Is there any other show so timeless it has captured the imagination of children generation after generation?,” Anita Masiello, co-director said. “It delights us as children and enthralls us all over again as adults.”
Joining Masiello as director is Wendy Sargent.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Children younger than age 5 will be free.
The play will be performed in the school’s new auditorium.
“When trying to choose this year’s musical we wanted to do something classic to reveal the beautiful new auditorium completed last spring,” Masiello said.
Drama students Clare Whitney, Roxy Subra, Nathan Wilson, Will Lowe, Mitchell Beers, Kyle DeVita, Tiffany Messing, Tyler Swartout, Lucas Wilson, Natalia Stout and Ian Lowe will play the lead roles in the production.
All the well-known characters from the L. Frank Baum story will appear, including the Munchkins, Ozions, Flying Monkeys and Winkie Guards as Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion make the trek to the Emerald City of Oz, pursued by the Wicked Witch.
“The first stage production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ opened in 1902 and introduced us to the fabulously memorable characters which we have grown to love,” Masiello said. “Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow they end up in the Land of Oz. Dorothy and her companions, the Cowardly Lion, TinMan and Scarecrow set out to seek a courage, a heart and a brain and each learn that they need to look no further than themselves to find happiness.
“You will be reminded of the enchanting songs that have become classics ’ ‘Over The Rainbow.’ ‘Ding Dong The Witch is Dead’ and ‘We’re Off To See the Wizard’ and more,” she said. “Come and see Schroon Lake students perform this classic story as Dorothy learns ‘there is no place like home!’”