“Wizard of Oz” Musical Deemed a “Success”

Musical debuted last weekend, March 12 – 14, 2010.

Written by NELSON LUU / Published March 19, 2010

On the weekend of March 12, 13, and 14, the cast of Temple City High School’s Wizard of Oz stepped on stage and performed to a sold out audience.

The preparations for the musical began months ahead in June where Mr. Byers, the Executive Producer and Director, worked with the other coordinators and producers to make plans for the play. The tryout process began early in the school year and involved singing a solo from the musical, acting out a scene and, later, a dance tryout for the Jitterbug scene.

Sophie Gonzalez got the lead role as Dorothy Gale, Jessica Wong was cast as the Wicked Witch of the West, Samantha Russell was Glinda while Gabriel Jimenez, Hank Chang, and Samuel Thorne received the parts of the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion, respectively. The rehearsal process began in January and lasted up until opening day. The rehearsals began with one to two rehearsals a week and increased to daily rehearsals from five to nine P.M. Rehearsals moved from the school choir and band rooms to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse the Saturday before the opening night.

The musical was a hit with each audience during the weekend. Popular scenes include the Tornado and Munchkinland in Act One and the Wizard of Oz and End Sequence in Act Two. Many of the special effects like the pyrotechnics and flying scenes added a sense of wonder and excitement to the play, with the latter being added digitally by the Motion 4 program for the Mac.

All in all, this year’s annual musical was a huge success never before seen in the 45 years of the Temple City High School Performing Arts and has inspired the department to set higher standards and dream bigger for future musicals. Mr. Byers stated that the Wizard of Oz has been a dream of his to direct for years and is proud of all the hard work each member has shown. Truly the memories of this musical will resonate in the hearts of each person who has participated in it.

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