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The Play Production of the Wizard of OZ

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           On the first day of play practice, as I sat on the dirty stage floor with a half-eaten Dorito nearby, I thought, this is truly starting out with a whimper.  Soon after with every practice as we learned our lines and practiced our songs, I saw chaos and confusion beginning to morph into a play.  When the sets began to take shape and we brought in our costumes, the transformation of what this play could be clearly came into focus.  The students provided their own costumes, and everyone did a great job.  I remember thinking how great the mural of Oz looked the first time I saw it. With a lot of hard work and dedication from the students and staff, the final production was ready to be seen.  We had three performances, one for grades K-5, and two performances for friends and families on Thursday and Friday night.

           We had our hiccups, which occurs with live performances, but nothing as bad as Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway giving the Best Picture Oscars to La La Land when it was actually Moonlight that won. The great performances of the Wizard of Oz delivered by the CPS students and the glamorous sets out shined everything.   It was truly wonderful to see the students of Carlstadt Public School doing their best and giving their all, to give the audiences a truly spectacular performance.  The cast and crew were really in it for each other, whether you were a leading role, Munchkin, or a cow.  We all did our best for each other and to put on the best show we could.  On our final performance on Friday night, as we held hands, I saw the pride and joy in all of the faces of cast and crew, and when I looked out into the audience, and saw the pride in the family and friends.  I knew that the show was truly ending with a bang.

           I want to say congratulations and thank you to everyone involved: the teachers who sacrificed the time for us to practice, the students of the cast and stage crew who worked so hard make the show the best they could, the friends who came to support us those nights, and the parents who dedicated so much time and support, making it possible for the cast and crew to give an excellent production of the Wizard of Oz.

Director:  Theresa Mello

Assistant Director:  Rachel Bello

Sound/ Lighting/ Set Director:  James Garde

Choreographer for “Jitterbug”:  Terese Opiela

Backdrop:  Laura McDonald

Cast of Characters:

Dorothy Gale — Kaelynn Amodia

Aunt Em/ Glinda — Tracy Kelly

Uncle Henry/ Mayor of Munckin City — Alex Ochoa

Hickory/ Tin Man — Saimonth Munoz

Zeke/ Lion — Gabriel Guerra

Hunk/ Scarecrow — Morgan Carter

Miss Gulch/ Wicked Witch of the West — Caitlin Nozka

Professor Marvel/ Wizard — Michael Sorrentino

Toto (puppet and person) — Alyssa Kirk

Cyclone:

Lady in Rocking Chair – Zuzanna Gozdz

Rowboat Man #1 – Junie Hwang

Rowboat Man #2 – Kiara Randall

Cow – Jorel Williams

Cyclone – Sofia Benteftifa, Daphne Dominos, Cristal Cabrera, Amanda Hasch, Emily Amaya, Sophia Diaz, Samantha Garcia, Eve Villarba, Kyra Miller, Samantha Santangelo, Keira Tellado, Kori Strong

Munckinland:

Munchkin #1 – Sofia Benteftifa

Munchkn #2 – Daphne Dominos

Barrister – Cristal Cabrera

City Father #1 – Amanda Hasch

City Father #2 – Amanda Hasch

Coroner – Emily Amaya

3 Tots – Sophi Diaz, Samantha Garcia, Eve Villarba

3 Tough Kids – Kyra Miller, Samantha Santangelo, Keira Tellado

Woman – Eve Villarba

Munchkin – Kori Strong

Journey To Oz:

Crows – Cristal Cabrera, Zuzanna Gozdz, Amanda Hasch, Kyra Miller, Samantha Santangelo, Kori Stong

Apple Tree #1 – Emily Amaya

Apple Tree #2 – Sophia Diaz

Apple Tree #3 – Samantha Garcia

Jitterbugs – Alex Ochoa, Michael Sorrentino, Sofia Benteftifa, Daphne Dominos, Cristal Cabrera, Amanda Hasch, Emily Amaya, Sophia Diaz, Samantha Garcia, Eve Villarba, Kyra Miller, Samantha Santangelo, Keira Tellado, Kori Strong, Zuzanna Gozdz, Junie Hwang, Kiara Randall

Emerald City:

Doorman/ Guard – Emily Amaya

Optimistic Voices/ Emerald City Chorus – Cristal Cabrera, Samantha Garcia, Zuzanna Gozdz, Kyra Miller, Kori Strong

Ozians – Sofia Benteftifa, Sophia Diaz, Daphne Dominos, Junie Hwang, Alex Ochoa, Samantha Santangelo, Kiara Randall, Keira Tellado, Eve Villarba

Oz Woman – Amanda Hasch

Wicked Witch’s Castle:

Nikko, leader of the winged monkeys – Sofia Benteftifa

Winged Monkeys – Daphne Dominos, Keira Tellado, Eve Villarba

Leader of the Winkie Guards – Kiara Randall

Winkie Guards – Sophia Diaz, Junie Hwang, Samantha Santangelo

Stage Crew/ Tech Crew (sound, lighting, stage, scenery):

Michael Collette, Joseph D’Errico, Daniel D’Errico, Gianna DiLemme, Madison Dunn, Daniella Fragola, Carley Maffia, Eva Riveros, Jordan Schmidt, Sean Spadavecchia, Jorel Williams

Scenic Painters:

Karmel Jaber, Carley Maffia, Gianna DiLemme

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