Inside the Emerald City

Blair Academy Players are excited to present The Wizard of Oz, a show they’ve been working on since December, on February 11, 12, and 13th. Not only does this show include sophisticated costume and makeup, strong acting, layered vocals, and exciting dance numbers, but also sparkles, colors, flying, and magic. The musical stars Emily Lunger as Dorothy Gale, Charlie Stafford as Scarecrow, Trevor van Vliet as Tinman, and Phil Hettinger as the lion. The ensemble consists of both veteran and first-year actors and actresses.

The players faced many challenges with the show. Building the land of Oz on the stage of Dubois Theatre was a challenge for the tech crew. The numerous set changes and special effects took some contemplating to achieve, but in the hands of Mr. Razz, Mr. Ryerson and their crew, the stage is completely transformed into a fairy tale land, “someplace where there isn’t any trouble.”

The show also features cleverly designed costumes by the costume team of Mrs. Evans, Irene Choi and Joy Nikkel. Because everyone plays more than two parts in the show, the countless costume changes are rendering the cast out of breath as they get ready to go on stage. In this show, a cast member can have up to 12 costume changes. One of the most exciting things to look forward to in the production is the transformation of the characters from human to a tinman, a scarecrow, a lion, and a wicked witch. The audience might find their friends completely unrecognizable hidden under layers of makeup and face paint.

If you are looking for some warmth on a cold winter night, come join the cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz for a heart-melting tale, and some throwbacks to childhood memories. If you don’t want to miss being a part of the magic, come to the Blair Academy Player’s rendition of the classic tale, The Wizard of Oz.

(Copyright 2016 Yueqi Du)