SEE The Wizard of Oz at North Carroll High School tomorrow, Friday or Saturday and you'll probably feel a part of something extraordinary.
Drama teacher Roberta Gore has created a three-dimensional quality for the production, with part of the action taking place in the aisles. The dog-snatching neighbor coasts a bicycle down the aisle and the screaming flying monkeys run and jump past.
Dorothy Gale, played by the inspired Jenny Spears, brings vivid memories of the Judy Garland movie of 1939. The school production uses the MGM score, written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
Professor Marvel is played by Danny Schwemmer, who later becomes the Wizard of Oz. Farmhands - who become the trio of Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion - are played with enjoyable gusto by David Vaughan, Nick McCourt and Jeff Hann, respectively. Uncle Hank and the Emerald City Guard are played by Kevin D'Alesandro.
Coralee Quinn is the ethereal Good Witch. Her counterpart is played by Maggie Wunderlich, who portrays wickedness creepy enough to make the enchanted dancing trees tremble. Pam Allen, Laurel Dukehart and Suzette Rogers play the trees.
This is one of the largest productions staged at North Carroll High School, with 129 performers on stage, a 20-member pit orchestra, and a production crew that brings the total involvement to about 200.
"I'm very excited. This is a huge collaborative effort, and it will be a wonderful adventure," Gore said.
Nathan Kurtz is the student assistant director. Patricia Kelly is music director.
Playing Winkies, the guards of the witch's castle, are: Tommy Beam, Chris Murk, Justin Barcroft, Mary Dwyer, Drew Hann, Tim McDermott, Matt Perry, Brian Porter, Josh Seifer and Carl Vrany, with Aaron Cole as the chant-leading Winking General.
Nikko, commander of the Flying Monkeys, is played by Chris Rudy, who also plays the Mayor of Munchkinland. The grotesquely masked monkeys include John Endres, Marina Feeser, Erin and Kellie Handley, Kristen Hviding, Rainelle Jochum, Jenny Perry, Jillian Porter, Frankie Quisay, Meghan Rock and Katie Rogers.
Community involvement is high in the show. At least 20 area residents are creating costumes. Munchkinland leading parts are played by Drew and Rachel Hann, Michael McGuire, Chris Stickles, Kayla Oxendine, Megan Mayhew, Jimmy Wagner, D.J. Reese, Bailey Alexander, Jillian Blizzard, Erin Yuhas, Jackson Gurecki, Chris Martin and Ashton Poist.
Balcony seating only is available for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Saturday 2 p.m. matinee seats remain available, and a Thursday night performance at 7:30 has been added. Tickets are $5.
Children dressed like a character from Oz are welcome to parade during the intermission at the Saturday matinee.
"We'll use an applause meter to determine who will win some neat prizes," Gore said.
Reservations: 410-751- 3450, Ext. 278.
Golfing for chorus
North Carroll Choral Boosters, a group of parents that supports the singing groups at North Carroll High School, is holding its first golf tournament fund-raiser April 26.
Golf will start at 7:30 a.m. at Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golf View Lane, Hampstead, near North Carroll Public Library.
The travel choir performed at the Invitational Choir Festival held at Susquehanna Universityon Tuesday. A choral professor who heard the group perform last spring at Hershey Park extended the invitation.
At the festival, the choir performed with choirs in a three-state area, and heard other groups perform. The golf tournament will help pay for the choir's trip to the festival.
The golf game, cart and a fried chicken dinner will cost $80. Foursomes are encouraged, and will be arranged from the individuals who register. Contests that keep the game lively will include Captain's Choice, closest to the pin and longest drive.
Registration: Richard Perry, 410-239-4255.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.