The J. Taylor Finley Middle School drama club will present “Oz!” tonight and tomorrow night (Friday and Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. The talented cast has been rehearsing for weeks and when the curtain finally goes up, folks of all ages are sure to be delighted.
Described as a “dazzling musical based on the L. Frank Baum classic story” of “The Wizard of Oz,” this year’s Finley spring play has drawn participation from dozens of students.
Catherine McCooey will play the part of Dorothy with Charlotte Simon appearing as Toto, Chloe Wheeler playing the Glinda the Good Witch and Sarah Biernacki cast as the Wicked Witch.
Ally Kustera, Lauren Holly, Hannah Roberts, Katherine Eichenberger, Chloe Buffone, Rebecca Hoffman, Mia Brown, Hannah Kaufman, Maria Verfenstein, Dianna Harris Leda Roldan, Jackson Kanzer, Harrison McKenna, Ryan Aguirre, Shannon Milner, Jillian Fehrenbacher, Joey Manaker, Sophia Matheus, Andrea Delcid-Ayala and Christina Drummings are also in the cast and will on stage this weekend.
Finley's drama club presents
Oz the Musical this weekend.
Finley teacher Gina Marie Trigian-Molvaut is the production’s director, choreographer and stage manager. Victoria Garbarino is director of music and Matt Harris is handling the technical aspects of the production. Ms. Trigian-Molvaut also designed the stage and the ensemble costumes along with Mr. Harris and Ms. Sarah Trigian, respectively. Andy Ulloa is the junior stage manager.
The crew includes Jack Alba (lighting), Adora Colay (props and costume master), Carrie Kilgour (spots), Christina Koll (spots), James Kretschmer (sound), Sam Levine (lighting), Drew Spina (stagehand) and Eliza Walther (stagehand).
The playbill’s cover was designed by Sarah Biernacki and Manuel Aviles, Jr. The show includes a long list of delightful elements, including the cyclone dance ensemble, the Munchkins and the citizens of the Land of Oz.
Ms. Trigian-Molvaut expressed her thanks to Finley art club faculty advisor Dena Mortell and Junior Honor Society faculty advisor Amy Hughes for their assistance with this weekend’s show.
The show includes 18 musicals numbers during its two acts. Seventh grader Christina Drummings handled the choreography for “There’s a Light in the Distance,” which is the final musical number of the first act.