The Wizard of Oz

Suzan McCorry directed another sensational production at Lafayette High School. The Wizard of Oz was superb in every way. The cast, crew, and almost 100 student musicians put together four performances April 21 - 23 that thrilled and enthralled packed audiences.

The acting, the singing (inspired by Lisa Stone, Vocal Director), and dancing (directed by Arianna Heck, Choreographer) were electrifying and inspiring. Toto, Dorothy's little dog, tugged at the hearts of admiring audiences as did the host of pre-school Munchkins, budding performers of tomorrow, from pre-school, elementary and middle schools. The costumes, acquired, assembled and sewn by Dede Landis and Sonia Paolucci, were fabulous. The sets, designed by Master Carpenter Steven Mares and constructed under his supervision, were the finest. The much traveled yellow brick road was an elevated path of clear Plexiglas floating above an illuminated yellow base structure that arched from the ends of the stage to the center front row seats. Scene Artist Barbara Henry's talent was evident in all of the many scenes and set changes.

The outstanding Pit Orchestra conducted by T. Jonathan Hargis accompanied by pianist Matt Rapach performed flawlessly before packed audiences.
A standing ovation is well deserved for the entire drama team at Lafayette High School that brings perfection in performances that make us very proud.

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