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?"Off to see the Wizard"

Badger presents “The Wizard of Oz” Nov. 8-10

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published Jan. 26, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

Heads up weather forecasters. Radar will be showing tornados at Badger High School this weekend as they sweep Dorothy’s house out of Kansas to land in Oz in the all-time classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Laura-Nicole Shotliff, Badger High School drama instructor.

They will be using I-Movie for the twister effects, and it’s got the cast, crew and everyone else pretty fired up.

“‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a wonderful show and the excitement over it already is infectious,” says Shotliff. “I think this will be our best show ever at BHS.”

Other parts of the show are also contributing to the excitement effect, like smoke machines for the appearances and disappearances of the Wicked Witch, a wizard chamber with a new perspective for the audience and some very special guest appearances.

“Forty third through fifth graders from the district as well as the feeder schools will be playing our munchkins and flying monkeys,” Shotliff said. “The script is extremely close to the movie version, thereby bringing to life all the characters we know and love.”

“My favorite part of the show is being able to work with the munchkins,” said Alexandra Shanahan, who plays Dorothy. “These kids really look up to us which makes rehearsal more fun and it is rewarding being able to perform alongside of future Badger actors.”

Shanahan and Jay Hawk (Scarecrow) are in total agreement that keeping the numbers cut from the movie make a great show even greater.

“Even if you have seen the movie 100 times, our version will not fail to surprise and entertain,” Shanahan said. “There are parts of the stage show that aren’t included in the movie, such as the jitterbug scene, new songs and much more dancing.”

“There are numerous props that will gain your attention and the costumes will be spectacular,” Hawk says. “My favorite part of the show is the jitterbug number because of the tricked out costumes and the amazing dance.”

And as an added perk, the leads will be having their hair and makeup done by the pros from Salon 180, of Lake Geneva.

“That’s exciting because we usually have to do that ourselves,” said Shanahan. Dorothy, Glinda, the Wicked Witch, Scarecrow, Tinman and the Lion will all receive star treatment.

The stage story closely follows the movie. Dorothy Gale is in constant trouble at home where she lives in Kansas with her aunt and uncle. A tornado whisks her and her house away where it lands on the Wicked Witch of the East. Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, appears and sends Dorothy down the Yellow Brick Road to see the Wizard of Oz, who can hopefully help her get home. Along the way, she meets Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, who also hope to gain gifts from the Wizard. But before he will help them, they must get the witch’s broom and return it to him.

“The Wizard of Oz” will be performed at the Badger High School Auditorium, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available by calling 348-2000 ext. 2722. Reservations recommended as tickets are going fast and seating is assigned. Tickets are $5 for adults ages 19 to 54, $3 for seniors and students and free for Badger students with an ID.

 

Cast

Assistant director--Samantha Burton
Dorothy--Alexandra Shanahan
Aunt Em--Glinda--Cara Cook
Uncle Henry-Emerald City guard-Patrick Connors
Zeke--Lion--Dan Andrus
Hickory--Tinman--Jeremy Pollard
Hunk--Scarecrow--Jay Hawk
Miss Gultch--Wicked Witch--Mandy Emma
Professor Marvel--Wizard--Josh Hancock
Munchkin Mayor--Nikko--Dean Floreani
Crow 1--Chorus--Ailish Montague
Crow 2--Chorus--Diana Ruzga
Crow 3--Chorus--Bridget Mcmahon
Tree 1--Chorus--Gabby Andrus
Tree 2--Chorus--Stephanie Geaslin
Tree 3--Chorus--Angelica Shanahan
Winkie General--Chorus--Claire Kinder
Jitterbug Lead--Chorus--Annie Coolidge
Man 1--Chorus--Keith Marriner
Man 2--Chorus--Justin Graves
Woman 1--Chorus--Kate Coyne
Woman 2--Chorus--Shelby Peteler

Dancers--Chorus-Kathryn Hausman, Katy Williams, Candace Brumm, Bethany Christner, Mackenzie Patten, Katie Nagel, Erin Evans, Cassi Watson, Stephanie Kirschlager, Morgan Lochner, Daegan Ross and Jackie Murphy

Cast Performances

KANSAS CITY Munchkins (performing Thursday and Saturday night)--Marissa Ellison, Emily Woodside, Haley Fourman, Robert Vaccarella, Makenna Castleman, Julia Floreani, Ryan Smith, Cassidy Giese, Samantha Tisa, Grace Elmudesi, Ellie Elmudesi, Amelia Davis, Shannon Lojeski, Jessica Creden, Kaitlyn Jolly, Riley Gol, Taylor Kanneberg, Sofija Djurdjulov. Sophia Matelli and Kaitlyn Hansen

 

EMERALD CITY Munchkins (performing Friday night and Saturday afternoon)--Shannon Brumm, Zachary Fishbach, Joshua Brumm, Olivia May, Kelly Jensen, Teela Thompson, Taylor Radtke, Mickayla Tschida, Bridget Keefe, Carly Bakken, Genevieve Heyward, Madelyn Pacholczak, Mackenzie Dvorak, Brielle Stahulak, Ashlee Polena, Marla Smith, Kyra Chocola, Ayla Kipker, Carole Homan and Brittani Behm

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