We’re not in Kansas anymore

Saint Joe students stage classic musical The Wizard of Oz tonight


From left to right: Hannah Dear, Lake Dodson and Annalise Rome

MADISON (Saturday, April 13, 2019 ) – The yellow brick road leads to 308 New Mannsdale Road fr the last time today when the theatre department at St. Joe ends a three-day run of The Wizard of Oz.

The musical opened Thursday at 7 p.m. in the St. Joe Fine Arts theater with the opening performance by the Ruby cast. The final performances are at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. today.

The cast, the crew and the orchestra have been hard at work since January preparing the musical for the stage. Preparations kicked into full gear two weeks ago when crew and band began practicing with the cast to pull every aspect of the show together.

“All throughout tech week, we have been staying up at the school as late a 9:30 pm making sure everyt

hing is perfect for showtime. We’re really excited to put this show on, and we’re most excited to put it on for everyone at Saint Joe,” said Lake Dodson, who plays the Tin Man.

A musical as elaborate as The Wizard of Oz really takes a village to put on. Alongside the students, parents and volunteers have done their part to get the show off the ground. Much of the set was built by dedicated volunteers, and costumes were done by Mrs. Laura Heilman. For two weeks, parents provided dinner for the cast, crew and orchestra organized by Mrs. Tammy Conrad.

With all the hard work put in my everyone involved, the Saint Joe production of The Wizard of Oz is sure to be a show to remember.

“I’m so excited for everyone to get a chance to see what we’ve been working on. The makeup, costumes and set are so elaborate, and the band, sound and light technicians, cast and crew have all worked together to create a super fun show.” said Leila DeGruy, who plays the Wicked Witch of the West in the Ruby cast and Mrs. Gulch in the Emerald cast.

Be sure to find time in the next three days to take a trip to Oz with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.