Patapsco actors, local kids come together for trip to Oz
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:54

School presents Wizard of Oz Feb.27-March 2

by Nicole Rodman

    Dorothy may not be in Kansas anymore, but she will be coming to Dundalk as Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts presents The Wizard of Oz beginning on Feb. 27.
    While large-scale musical productions are nothing new for Patapsco, this play will be a little bit different.
    This year, children from the surrounding community will join Patapsco students onstage as they present the perennial favorite.
    The children, including local elementary and middle school students, children of teachers and siblings of Patapsco students, will fill the roles of Munchkins and residents of Oz. These young actors range in age from 3 to 13.
    The main characters will be portrayed by Pa-tapsco students.
    According to Patapsco music instructor Emily Krich, the addition of local children to the cast is all about showcasing the school to potential students and members of the community.
    “We thought that it would get the community involved and show the kids things our students do here,” she said.
    By participating in the production, Krich noted, the children, especially the middle-schoolers, are getting the chance to “meet with students that will potentially be classmates” and “meet potential teachers.”
    In addition, she explained, participating in the play “promotes the arts to younger-aged kids.”
    In order to find her Munchkins and Oz residents, Krich spread the word to local schools and among Patapsco staff members.
  

“Any student that wanted to participate was allowed to be part of the cast,” Krich recalled.
    Weekly rehearsals began the first Wednesday in January.
    Beginning on Feb. 9, performers began coming in for rehearsals on Sundays as well.
    While the actors were hard at work learning lines and choreography, the school’s technical theatre students worked with teachers to design and build sets for the production.
    The week before the play debuts — known as Tech Week — consists of dress rehearsals and allows all elements of the play, from costumes to sets and lights, to come together.
    Krich said she hopes the community will turn out to experience the fruits of the students’ labor.
    “I think that this production showcases what is great about our community,” she said, adding, “This is a great example of the positive things our kids can do.”
    Once this production is behind them, Patapsco theatre students will turn their attention to their next big project — the 24 Hour Play.
    Beginning on Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m., students will begin work on a play that will be performed for the public the very next evening.
    The students have just 24 hours to mount their production — from writing the play to designing sets and learning lines.
    The finished product will be presented on Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Admission is open to the public.
    Before they tackle the 24 Hour Play, however, Patapsco’s young thespians are preparing for their journey down the yellow brick road.
    Patapsco will present The Wizard of Oz on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
    For more information, or to order tickets, call  410-887-7060 or contact Emily Krich at ekrich@bcps.org.