The Madeira School The Wizard of OzBy Cappies • Mar 8th, 2013 • Category: Cappies
Vibrant colors, puppetry, and wonderful fun combined this past Saturday in The Madeira School Arts Department’s whimsical production of The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz first came to life in children’s imagination as a 1900 novel written by L. Frank Baum, entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since then the classic tale of magic and home has seen various screen and stage adaptations most notably the 1939 MGM film version starring Judy Garland. The show’s plot follows the story of Dorothy Gale; a young Kansas farm girl who longs for adventure. When Dorothy’s beloved dog Toto is taken away by the wicked Miss Gultch she decides to run away from home and is accidentally swept up by a twister. Once Dorothy lands she discovers that she and Toto have been transported to the magical land Oz; where trees can speak, witches come in various varieties, and an unseen wizard rules with a mighty hand. Dorothy wishes to return home to her beloved Aunt Em and so she ventures out along the yellow brick road to find the Wizard of Oz and ask him to grant her wish. Throughout her journey Dorothy befriends a Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion who decide to accompany her on her quest and ask the Wizard to grant their wishes as well.
The Wizard of Oz is a well-known tale and The Madeira School did an excellent job making their production unique. An all-female production, none of the actresses struggled in roles that were originally written for males and each member of the cast made the roles their own. The show also featured an interesting use of puppets, having the stage crew double as puppet masters.
As Dorothy, Erica Glaser gave a wonderful performance and embodied her character through song with her sweet soprano voice. Gabrielle Bullard who played the Scarecrow was an equally talented vocalist and display fantastic dancing skills in every musical number she performed in. Both Anna Merod and Anna Bradley were excellent as the Tin Man and the Lion respectively. Merod and Bradley had magnificent stage presence and both displayed their strong senses of comedic timing.
Despite some lulls in energy Madeira’s ensemble cast performed songs with great fun especially in “Jitterbug” which featured fantastic dancing. Standouts within the ensemble included Morgan Telesford as an Ozian gatekeeper. Telesford had the challenge of acting while on crutches and took this in stride by incorporating the crutches into her movements. Katelynn Barack, Rose McAvoy, and Kelleen Moriarty never lacked energy and created and excellent ensemble within an ensemble as Tough Guys, Crows, and Polishers.
With a flourish of glitter and gusto The Madeira School made the classic musical their own and created a wonderfully unique production.
by Emily Kelly of Robert E. Lee High School
Photos by C Stan Photography
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