Review: EHS 'Wizard of Oz' transports audience to a magical land
It might have been turning into a winter wonderland outside the doors of the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium, but inside Thursday, Nov. 8, the audience was transported through music and impressive special effects to the Land of Oz and the Emerald City.
Under the direction of Katie Fuchs, the EHS Drama Club performed "The Wizard of Oz" by Frank L. Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson, with music and lyrics from the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
The clear soprano voice of Dorothy (Peyton Catron), the expertly executed sincere and confused Scarecrow (Roy Roberts), the hilarious cowardice of The Cowardly Lion (Matthew Williams), the impressive dance moves of The Tin Woodman (Lucas Flom), the evil cackle of The Wicked Witch of the West (Hallie Claflin) and the talented cast of supporting characters made for a professional, visually appealing, exceptional performance.
Special effects made The Good Witch, Sorceress of the North appear to float before wide-eyed Munchkins and children in the audience. The pit band provided perfectly time background music, which added to the musical's suspenseful moments, and the chorus members were all stars in their own right.
If you haven't seen the show yet, you're in luck: Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10.