High school thespians prepare to transport audiences to Oz
Growing up in Sandy, kids are taught a lot about the historical Oregon Trail. This week the Sandy High drama students will offer a musical education on another fairly popular pathway: the yellow brick road.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, a colorful cast of classic characters will take the stage at Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St., to present "The Wizard of Oz."
"We chose this piece knowing it would be a show the community would be more involved in," said drama teacher and director Colin Murray. "It has enough whimsy to ignite the imagination, but not so much silly or child-like elements that it doesn't appeal to young adults like those in the program."
He describes the musical as not only "well-known" but "culturally accessible."
Murray added that "The Wizard of Oz" also best accommodated the group of young actors he has this year.
"The last few years, we had a lot of women in the department," he said. "Now we're getting a little bit more of a balance. I wanted to have a show with more parts for both men and women. It provides a good balance for community and student enjoyment."
"A lot of people don't think high school theater is going to be worth their time," said senior Lin Stone, who plays Dorothy. "But you should really give it a chance."
Stone played Babe in last year's production of "Crimes of the Heart" and said Dorothy is a nice break from the very serious roles.
"(Dorothy's) a really sweet girl, and my last couple of roles have been really serious," Stone said.
She added that Dorothy's story is an applicable one for her as "she goes on the journey of growing up and prioritizing what's important in her life."
"It's a really fun production," Stone said. "We like to do the fun, uplifting musicals that give the audience an opportunity to just relax and laugh. It's a great opportunity no matter what part you're in."
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
Follow the yellow brick road at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23. The production is appropriate for audience members of all ages.
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