Wizard of Oz comes to Morrow Little Theater
By LEANNE GOMPF –
“The Wizard of Oz” graced the Morrow County Community this past weekend and was a huge success.
The play closely follows the 1939 movie, including songs, characters and scenes everyone knows and loves. My four-year-old grandson Landon even gave me a play by play of what was going to happen next. The entire audience was captivated as the four main characters traveled down the yellow brick road. The musical version of the movie veers away from the original in a few small spots, but for the most part, stays true to the original with the same familiar songs and plot. The story follows young Dorothy as her dreams take her over the rainbow where she
and her dog, Toto, meet the brainless Scarecrow, the heartless Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The four take the yellow brick road to adventure as they each seek what they are missing. The only way for them to succeed involves conquering the Wicked Witch of the West, who has it in for Dorothy because Dorothy has her Ruby Slippers
Annie Robertson’s portrayal of Dorothy, the young Kansas farm girl, was heartfelt, gracious and endearing. I even found myself tearing up several times
as she delivered her lines with extreme sincerity and emotion; truly a standout performance for this young actress. Her trio of sidekicks gave impressive performances as well. Aaron Vance was notable as the flexible and endearing Scarecrow and Zac Conaway was excellent as the gentle, lovable Tin Man. However, stealing the stage was Joey Powell as he growled his way down the yellow brick road as the “hammy”, yet lovable Cowardly Lion. You could hear belly laughs from children and adults as he shrieks and screams and goes from his girly, coward voice to his character’s attempt at a brave, roaring voice.
Other standouts in the large cast were: Mandy Rocks as Miss Gultch and the cackling Wicked Witch of the West; the beautiful Rebecca Morrison as Glinda; Cindy Weiss as Aunt Em; Tom Hutchins as Uncle Henry and Ken Barnett as Professor Marvel and the Wizard of Oz.
With multiple scene changes and technical challenges I thought the Morrow Little Theatre production was entertaining, proving that you to do not need a big budget to create impressive visuals and keep the story moving along.
The show would not have been nearly as entertaining without the numerous extras that were intermingled throughout the production. Young aspiring actors took on the roles of the munchkins, Crows, Trees, Oz Citizens, and Jitterbugs including Daysia Elliot, Darian McCoy, Meaghan McGill, Kelly Baer, Mallory Cooper, Sarah Cooper, Heather Emberg, Logan Gregg, Genesis Rocks, Katie Slusher, Christa Seckel, Alexis Seitz-Adkins, Izzy Chambers, Danielle Timmons, Grace Partick, Kate Morgan, Farrah Gregg, Chelsea Chafin and Sarah Oliver. The youngest members of the large cast included, John McGill as the Mayor; Matthew Emberg as the Barrister, Farrah Gregg as both Coroner and Nikko; Gavin Graham as WInkie General; Thomas Emberg, Phillip Emberg, Garret Lamb-Hart and Samuel Baer and the Lollipop Guild and Olivia Morrison, Kayleigh Morgan, Maddison Hursey and Mary Kelty as the Lullaby League.
The Morrow Little Theatre would like to thank their sponsors for this summer musical production: First Know National Bank, Dr. Melissa McRae, Rosemary Brown and family, Stephen Ritz,DDS, and Gompf Funeral Service. A special thank you to Cardington-Lincoln High School, Monica Hubbard and Mount Gilead Park Ave Elementary, Bucyrus Little Theatre, Braelyn Snow, Mr Brimm, Trinity United Methodist Church and the community who so graciously embraces Morrow Little Theartre.
The Morrow Little Theatre meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church. They can also be found on facebook and at morrowlittletheatre.org.