Wizard of Oz coming to Hudson stage

March 19, 2015 —

More than 60 Hudson High School students and advisors have been working since January to bring Frank Baum’s classic tale of The Wizard of Oz to the stage as this year’s all-school play. Lines have been memorized, the music sounds great, fabric flies as costumes receive finishing touches, and toes are tapping during the dance scenes. It is almost time. The curtain will open at 7:00 pm Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28, and 3:00 pm Sunday, March 29. This year we are honoring alumni cast members during a pre-show beginning at 6:45 each evening, and 2:45 Sunday afternoon. Any alumni cast members are encouraged to join the Facebook page HHS Play Cast Alumni for information. General admission remains just $5.00 at the door, and there is limited reserved seating (front two rows) available for $10.00. Reserved tickets are available from Debbie Atherton in the middle school gym from 4:30-5:45 Thursday, March 19, and Monday-Wednesday March 23-25.

Each story brings unique challenges to adapt to the stage. According to director Cathy Schoonover this year was no exception. “It is always fun to tell a classic story that we are all familiar with, but that familiarity demands extra attention and unique vision – each artistic medium has its own peculiarities. Each stage performance is different, and the way the story is portrayed on stage must be different than the movie, just as movies are different than stories in books,” according to Schoonover. This will be noticed quickly as Dorothy enters Munchkinland. Schoonover chose to use only high school students for the performance, so the audience will notice a height difference from the original movie version of the Munchkins. To the disappointment of several, there will also be no live dog. Toto will be a puppet designed and created by alumnus, Lisa Borton (’05). Schoonover lets one more secret slip by reminding the audience that Oz and the Wizard himself are fictional and magical appearing only in Dorothy’s imagination. Therefore, two student actors will collaborate to create the Wizard. You will have to join us for the show to learn more.

The cast and crew are anxiously awaiting your arrival and are eager to greet their family, friends, and fans. Saturday, after the performance, there will be an ice cream social in the cafeteria. This is hosted by the Hudson Foundation with all proceeds going to the drama department at HHS. Please join the fun and support the drama department.