The 10th Annual High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience production, The Wizard of Oz, was a hit at the Wilson Center for the Arts on July 24. Excitement began immediately for those in the the lobby, where flying monkeys crept along the floor and balcony stairs. Attendees packed the auditorium for this first showing.
The cast did a fantastic job of entertaining attendees through every scene with their song and dance for more than two and a half hours. Todo’s stage entrance had the audience roaring with laughter. Dorothy sang “Over the Rainbow” most beautifully. Professor Marvel was hilarious and Glinda, the Witch of the North, wore the most amazing gown.
Miss Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West were played by the same actress who stayed true to their frightening characters. The Scarecrow sang and danced to “If I Only Had a Brain,” and the audience laughed as he was tucking his straw back in while performing. The Tin Man sang and danced a great gig as he was being oiled.
By intermission, children were singing and twirling as they waited in line for refreshments.
The production team really did impressive work. The scenes were wonderfully designed, and costumes and props were unique. Both the sound and the lighting were on target. The choreography went along perfectly through each scene, and was best reflected in the Haunted Forest scene where performers tap danced their way into the hearts of all attendees.
This production utilized more special effects than previous High School Musical Theatre Experience productions. The great and powerful Oz and the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball had attendees gasping. Children rose out of their seats with eyes widened as the wicked witch met her end.
This is a must see production for all ages–especially children–as their smiles could be seen stretching from ear-to-ear. When the show finished children were jumping up and down at the chance to meet their favorite cast members.
This production will be showing on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Artist Series.