`Oz' casting call invites youngsters to Munchkinland


January 23, 2002|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DO YOUR CHILDREN sing and dance like the Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz? Do they also have a secret desire to become Blue Flying Monkeys?

The production of The Wizard of Oz at North Carroll High School needs them. Children are invited to show their Munchkin antics at a casting call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow in the school auditorium. The musical will include 25 scene changes and music by the school orchestra. High school students, including those in the Drama Club, will fill major roles.

Because few in high school are of Lilliputian size, children are asked to audition for the scene in Munchkinland. Because they are taller, fifth- and sixth-graders might be asked to double as Blue Flying Monkeys for scenes with the Wicked Witch.

"The children don't need to prepare anything in advance," said Roberta Gore, director of the musical and school drama instructor.

She has contacted local elementary and middle schools to encourage children to try out.

Potential Munchkins most likely will audition in the scene with Glenda the Good Witch. Gore is looking for children's reactions to two witches, one wicked, one good. The children will follow spoken directions and will not have a script.

"That way, the nonreaders can participate," Gore said. "I'll have them sing a part, such as `Ding, dong, the witch is dead,' and do the scene. I'll be watching their faces and how they ad-lib around Glenda. They will be running away from the bad witch," Gore said.

Gore has experience with motivating children to perform well on the high school stage. Her daughter appeared in The Sound of Music. Middle school pupils appeared as Oompa-Loompas last year in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Gore anticipates the youngest Munchkin will be her 18-month-old son.

"He'll walk out and back, and that'll be it for him," Gore said.

The rehearsal schedule for Munchkins will be Tuesday evenings to give children 10 rehearsals before the musical is performed at 7:30 p.m. April 18, 19 and 20. The full cast generally rehearses daily except Friday.

North Carroll High School is at 1400 Panther Drive, off Hampstead-Mexico Road in Hampstead. The auditorium is adjacent to the cafeteria in the front area of the school. Information: 410-751-3450.

Ready, set, bingo

"This is panic week for tickets to the basket bingo," said Sherry Cooper, who has about 150 tickets left for Friday's event at North Carroll High School.

The bingo will feature 28 Longaberger baskets, including the Pot of Gold basket, newly released this month. Faculty and staff have sponsored the Shining Star basket, which is a star-shaped basket with a patriotic liner created in honor of the heroes of Sept. 11. The event will include three raffles, five jackpots and 20 games of regular bingo. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, which opens at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m.

Cooper, with Carolyn Smedick, Barb Passmore, Rich Riddle, Karen Turner and Pam Sullivan, are members of North Carroll's PTSO. They decided a bingo event could finance the after-prom party May 18. It's the third year for the free party, which lasts until 5 a.m. and ensures the teens have a safe prom night.

Cooper said parents and students, faculty and staff of every grade are involved. The junior and senior classes, several parents and community businesses have sponsored baskets. Many will fill them with items. Turner, who has a sophomore at the school, is donating her expertise as a basket consultant to get the event off to a smooth start.

Cooper's daughter, Christie Sadler, and her friend Emily Smedick head the group of students that will help at the bingo and attend the after-prom party.

High school students will sell food - barbecue, hot dogs, soup, nachos with cheese and veggies with dip.

Tickets can be ordered from 410-239-2158, or 410-876-8950.

Sign needs help

The volunteer list is growing to help install a new sign in front of Shiloh Middle School on Willow Street.

Those with masonry or carpentry skills are needed, as are monetary donations. The PTO has promised $5,500 for the sign.

Anyone with a fund-raiser to suggest or construction skills to offer can e-mail Karen Donaldson, PTO president, at shilohpto@yahoo.com.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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