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The Wizard of Oz
a Musical
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COMPANY : North Spings High School Drama Department
VENUE : North Springs High School Auditorium [WEBSITE]
ID# 3332

SHOWING : March 06, 2009 - March 15, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Writer/Composer Frank Blocker
Producer Lesleigh Golson
Technical Director Marty Aikens
Musical Director Van Craven
Director Brian Kimmel
Assistant Director Lindsay Olson
Assistant Costumes Becca Addison
Floor Crew Sam Anderson
Floor Crew Mariah Berkowitz
Mic Wrangler Ayanna Brimmage
Fly Crew John Bringmann
Fly Crew-Head Ryan Brown
Stage Manager Rosie DiVincenzo
Lighting Head Holly Anna Emmons
Follow Spot Operator Cara Fortuna
Costume/Make-Up Crew Lauren Jenkins
Make-Up Crew Honeiah Karimi
Assistant Sound Zack Lampkin
Production Assistant Sara Loden
Sound Head Mars Mescudi
Assistant Lighting Michael Minnen
Follow Spot Operator Monica Misiura
Costume Crew Claire Porter
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Pritchard
Floor Manager Bryan Smith
Costume Head Ashlin Stubbs
Fly Crew-Head Zach Tittel
Stage Manager Katie Tull
Pit Drector Michael Brown
Pit Manager Gabby Melnick
Tree, Winkie, Ensemble Katie Adkins
u/s Dorothy, Ensemble Tate Anderson
Crow, Ensemble Caroline Bagley
u/s Wicked Witch, Flying Monkey, Ensembl Haley Ballard
Scarecrow Damon Bellmon
Uncle Henry Adam Benz
Auntie Em, Winkie General, Ensemble Caty Bergmark
Munckin, Flying Monkey, Ensemble Drew Carlos
Munchkin, Winkie, Ensemble Ben Coff
Tree, Ensemble Taylor Davidman
Hunk, u/s Scarecrow, Winkie, Ensemble Chris Davidson
Dorothy Mackenzie Devlin
Dancer Ashley Faust
Dancer Brooke Garnett
Crow, Ensemble Haley Goldman
Dancer Patrice Goodlow
Tree, Ensemble Autumn Graham
Tree, Ensemble Alyssa Grubbs
Crow, Ensemble Vanessa Hamb
Wicked Witch of the West Olivia Harlow
Nikko, Crow, Ensemble Hunter Hughes
Dancer Cache Jones
Emerald City Guard, Munchkin Thaddeus H. Kolwicz III
Dancer Bethany Larkin
Dancer Emilie Lico
Glinda Mary Malloy
Tree, Ensemble Raven McGrew
Miss Almira Gultch Georgia Northcutt
Miss Almira Gultch, Flying Monkey, Ensem Georgia Northcutt
u/s Hunk, Ensemble Kris Pearce
Crow, Ensemble Savannah Perdue
Tree, Ensemble Briana Ramsey-Tyler
Crow, Ensemble Lauren Richards
Dancer Heather Roberts
Professor Marvel, Wizard of Oz Michael Rowland
Tinman, u/s Hickory Spencer Showalter
Cowardly Lion Jason Sokolic
u/s Lion, Winkie, Ensemble William Stanley
Mayor of Munchkinland, Winkie, Ensemble Rachel Stein
u/s Glinda, Winkie, Ensemble Savannah Stein
Dancer Dia Taliaferro
Hickory, u/s Tinman Austin Temple
Munckin, Tree, Winkie, Ensemble Isabella Tondi
Zeke Kristian Young
Tickets Rachel Wright
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The thing about any review is that it is simply one person's opinion...
by Damama
Monday, March 16, 2009
4.0
my opinion may differ drastically than yours, but both are equally valid and not subject to question. But as
a parent of a daughter in graduating from this wonderful program this spring, I do take exception to the statement that this production was not up to North Springs standards. The "standard" of this school is to provide training to young people who desire to enter the extremely competitive world of entertainment once they finish college. Each and every production is a learning experience - an extension of the classroom for these kids --not just for the actors seen onstage, but also for the technical theatre students who aspire to be directors, stage managers, costume, set and sound designers, lighting directors
and special effects creators. And in some cases, like in "Oz," it also gives stage experience and training to dancers and orchestra members!

Shows are chosen for a variety of reasons -- maybe it's the director's new favorite, or a favorite from his childhood. Maybe a show is chosen to showcase a particular talent, but it's far more likely that shows are chosen to "teach" -- to stretch a group of actors beyond their comfort zone or to give tech students a chance to work with new ideas and gear! "The Wizard of Oz" was an extremely tech driven show. It gave this group of students the opportunity to shine by working with flying harnesses, pyrotechnics, new lighting and sound designs and an unprecedented number of sets -- opportunities that they would not at any other high school, and not at some colleges. That IS North Springs standards.

Every time an actor succeeds in a part, every time a tech student masters a new skill, every time a dancer "jitterbugs," the program is a success and North Springs standards are met.

I'm not sure what performance you saw, but I would suggest always attending a date closer to the end of the show's run. By then all the kinks are out, the performances honed. After reading your reviews I
can tell you are an avid theatre goer, so you are fully aware of its organic nature. It's constantly evolving, and hopefully, changing for the better. A later performance date will probably guarantee that you will not be disappointed and give you the most bang for your entertainment dollar.

To all others who may read this review, I'm not sure how many of you realize that all of these kids rehearse an average of 6 to 7 hours a day, AFTER 7 hours of curriculum that meets -- or exceeds - the
state's requirement college prep graduation requirements. In the case of seniors, not only are they rehearsing while maintaining GPA's that will gain them admittance to colleges, taking SAT's and ACT's,
filling out college applications - but in addition to the pressure of just getting accepted into a college, these kids travel all over the country to AUDITION for the few slots available in acting, musical theatre,
and technical theatre programs of major colleges and conservatories. And they do get accepted - because North Springs program works. North Springs standards are met.

Please do keep your promise and continue to attend and enjoy all of North Springs productions. They truly are great entertainment. Just remember that even though your entertainment and enjoyment are the ultimate end result of the program, the journey to get there is where the learning value is! This production does meet that standard. Every production of this school does.

Mama Robinson [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
We're definitely not in Kansas anymore...
by pie
Saturday, March 14, 2009
2.0
trouble is, we're not in Oz, either! Considering how much I enjoyed the elegantly sparse "Hamlet" of this past fall, I was eagerly anticipating "The Wizard of Oz"...especially after being told that the spring musical is where this performing arts high school puts most of its effort, time and money. So needless to say, I expected greatness. Unfortunately, my expectations fell flatter than, well, Kansas.
First let me say, this is a big show, a really big show and it may have worked against them. Too many people, too many sets, too many effects that didn't really work. This particular production used kids from a local middle school and grade school as munchkins, peppered with a few awkwardly placed high school students. While the kids were cute (and certainly, enthusiastic) and I'm sure their casting filled seats with friends and relatives, they gave the production a distinctly middle school theatre feel. The sets, with the exception of the Kansas homestead, were extremely amateurish, far too numerous and the constant scene changes quite distracting. And my first impression of the population of the Emerald City was that of a scene from "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" gone horribly awry. The pretty redheaded Dorothy had the cornfed good looks for the part, and though not a strong actor, had a truly beautiful voice, really knocking it out of the park with "Over the Rainbow." In fact, none of the leads showed strong acting skills in this production, but I'm sure that it's nothing that a few more years at this performing arts high school can't fix. The cowardly lion was a crowd pleaser with the little kids in the audience -- but who wouldn't laugh at Bert Lahr, and this actor certainly mimicked Lahr's movements and inflection exactly. The witch seemed uncomfortable with flying and with her flame-flowing broom, though she seemed to embrace her wicked witch voice. But the crowd favorite was the Scarecrow, the only truly original character representation in the entire show! Everyone loved him! And though the flying monkeys looked like black bats, they were quite a hit when they came screeching in from the back of the auditorium while others were flying onto the stage. Now that was pure theatre! But for the most part, none of the cast (except the "imported" munchkins) seemed to be having fun except while performing a wonderful number called "Jitterbug." The infectious dancers seemed to infect everyone with the joy of being on stage, at least for a little while. That number was the bright spot in this otherwise mediocre offering.
Now please don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad production. In fact, it might even be classified as good for a "regular" high school or middle school. It's just not what I expected from a performing arts magnet high school, especially based on the performance that I viewed in the fall. And I apparently wasn't the only one who felt like this. My wife and I attended the show with long time patrons of
North Springs who had a daughter that graduated from the program five years ago and who haven't missed a show since she attended. According to them, this is the most disappointing production they have ever seen the school present. But all agree that they judge this school by different standards than most. Even with my disenchantment with this production, though, I do plan to be seated in the audience for North Springs next offering. It's still a nice bit of entertainment for the bucks. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
We're definitely not in Kansas anymore...
by pie
Saturday, March 14, 2009
2.0
trouble is, we're not in Oz, either! Considering how much I enjoyed the elegantly sparse "Hamlet" of this past fall, I was eagerly anticipating "The Wizard of Oz"...especially after being told that the spring musical is where this performing arts high school puts most of its effort, time and money. So needless to say, I expected greatness. Unfortunately, my expectations fell flatter than, well, Kansas.
First let me say, this is a big show, a really big show and it may have worked against them. Too many people, too many sets, too many effects that didn't really work. This particular production used kids from a local middle school and grade school as munchkins, peppered with a few awkwardly placed high school students. While the kids were cute (and certainly, enthusiastic) and I'm sure their casting filled seats with friends and relatives, they gave the production a distinctly middle school theatre feel. The sets, with the exception of the Kansas homestead, were extremely amateurish, far too numerous and the constant scene changes quite distracting. And my first impression of the population of the Emerald City was that of a scene from "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" gone horribly awry. The pretty redheaded Dorothy had the cornfed good looks for the part, and though not a strong actor, had a truly beautiful voice, really knocking it out of the park with "Over the Rainbow." In fact, none of the leads showed strong acting skills in this production, but I'm sure that it's nothing that a few more years at this performing arts high school can't fix. The cowardly lion was a crowd pleaser with the little kids in the audience -- but who wouldn't laugh at Bert Lahr, and this actor certainly mimicked Lahr's movements and inflection exactly. The witch seemed uncomfortable with flying and with her flame-flowing broom, though she seemed to embrace her wicked witch voice. But the crowd favorite was the Scarecrow, the only truly original character representation in the entire show! Everyone loved him! And though the flying monkeys looked like black bats, they were quite a hit when they came screeching in from the back of the auditorium while others were flying onto the stage. Now that was pure theatre! But for the most part, none of the cast (except the "imported" munchkins) seemed to be having fun except while performing a wonderful number called "Jitterbug." The infectious dancers seemed to infect everyone with the joy of being on stage, at least for a little while. That number was the bright spot in this otherwise mediocre offering.
Now please don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad production. In fact, it might even be classified as good for a "regular" high school or middle school. It's just not what I expected from a performing arts magnet high school, especially based on the performance that I viewed in the fall. And I apparently wasn't the only one who felt like this. My wife and I attended the show with long time patrons of
North Springs who had a daughter that graduated from the program five years ago and who haven't missed a show since she attended. According to them, this is the most disappointing production they have ever seen the school present. But all agree that they judge this school by different standards than most. Even with my disenchantment with this production, though, I do plan to be seated in the audience for North Springs next offering. It's still a nice bit of entertainment for the bucks. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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