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June 10, 1993|By MICHELLE HOFFMAN

If you love the classic "The Wizard of Oz," follow the yello brick road to Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

The musical production of "The Wizard of Oz" will be presented )) by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the school auditorium. Admission is $1.

Lead performers include Sarah Peer as Dorothy, Dave Baker as the Tin Man, Marie Legg as the Cowardly Lion and Shane Myers as the Wicked Witch of the West. The cast of munchkins is made up of chorus members.

No one has more brains, heart or courage than Judy Guynn, the vocal music teacher who is directing the musical. She has single-handedly juggled the actors, crew, musical scores and other students who visit the set. Almost 200 students are involved in the musical as cast or crew members. There have been munchkins everywhere.

Mrs. Guynn chose the musical to take the place of the spring vocal concert. She said she directed it eight years ago at the school and liked it so much she thought she would do it again.

Arnie Hayes teaches an after-school drama club at the school. He has volunteered some of his time to assist Mrs. Guynn with directing, acting and characterization.

Mr. Hayes considered working with the students a "golden opportunity. I love doing this. The kids are so talented."

The students have done an excellent job with characterization.

Shane Myers is a shy girl in person who likes to talk with her friends and giggles a lot. But, as the wicked witch, her shrill cackle strikes fear in the bravest munchkin souls. She credits her ability to concentrate on previous acting classes in which she participated.

Although none of the other lead characters have had prior acting experience, they seem to carry off their roles professionally.

Karen Logue seems boneless at times. Her flexibility allows one to picture an actual scarecrow.

Dave Baker is a stiff Tin Man, but his lines are all delivered on time. When he performs, watch his eyes. His facial expressions really give his character personality.

As the Lion, Marie Legg has a Snagglepuss-like energy that makes her character funny.

Sarah Peer, as Dorothy, brings the innocence of the fictional character believably to life.

All the lead characters had to audition for their parts. Chorus members were accepted freely. All in all, their finely tuned voices make this year's production an enjoyable event to see.

Crew members also should receive a round of applause. There was some real thought that went into building the set, which consists of Dorothy's house, paintings of trees with faces to represent the forest, and a painted Emerald City.

All of the sets, stationary and props were made by the students.

The only costumes that will be rented will be for the lead roles, said Mrs. Guynn. This was because of a safety issue. Dave Baker was supposed to wear a suit made out of tin cans, but the suit was too small, and he was cut by the suit during a practice session.

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The New Windsor Carnival will run through Saturday at the carnival grounds on Water Street in New Windsor off Route 75.

Roast beef or fried chicken platters and french fries are featured meals.

Drawings will be held Saturday. The grand drawing is for a 1993 Chevrolet S-10 Tahoe pickup truck.

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