Monday, January 20, 2014

Wizard of Oz Update

Director Shelley Roberts shares The Wizard of Oz updates in Principal Lynn Dole's January 20, 2014 Newsletter:

Cast Update

The cast and crew of The Wizard of Oz have experienced two weeks of rehearsals! Everyone has been working really hard and showing up with great attitudes! If we keep working this hard for the next few weeks it’s going to be a great show! 

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 our 5th and 6th grade friends from the elementary schools joined us for a full cast number. The full cast number we worked on was the Munchkinland Sequence, which is Act 1, scenes 6 & 7 when Dorothy first comes to Oz.  There were A LOT of students on the stage and we had a lot of blocking to learn!  

I was so impressed at how fast they learned the material and how awesome they were to work with!  Keep up the good work everyone!


Crew Update

Behind the scenes, on Tuesday, January 14 we held a very productive stage crew meeting! I’m super excited to have an enthusiastic, creative team on board! In addition to the student stage crew members we have a lot of teacher and parent support too! 

Mohawk school nurse Michelle LaRocque is our sets and props leader. Seventh grade teacher Sean Conlon is our lights and mics extraordinaire. Mohawk Technology Specialist Virginia Wiswell has jumped on board too! Parent Barb Harris has offered to help lead the way with makeup and parent Maryellen Abbatiello is our hair stylist. Eighth grade teacher Jana Purington, and parents Kei Malone and Shauna Deatly have offered to help with costumes. Retired Mohawk District Music Educator Eva Otten has started coming to rehearsals to help with blocking and music! Choreographer Kim Williams came in and choreographed the Jitterbug and it was so fun! Middle school music teacher Gina Glover has been a terrific help with the 5th & 6th graders and Mohawk Music Director Scott Halligan is our wonderful music director!  The Mohawk Music Association is taking care of concessions for the shows.  

All of these people have reached out to me to offer their help. The goal for this production is to have parents and teachers mentor ultimately the students are doing everything to make this show happen. All of the people I’ve mentioned have a coterie of students ready to help but we always welcome more help. If you are a student, parent, teacher or community member and want to help please send me an email expressing your interest! We want you to come and join the fun!

I also want to take a moment to thank Facilities/Transportation Manager Robin Pease, the elementary school principals, Mohawk Principal Lynn Dole, and Superintendent Michael Buoniconti for making transportation accessible for the elementary school students to make it to rehearsals! It was a group effort and I appreciate it and I know the students do too.

All the best,

Shelley Roberts
Producer/Director All-School Musical
sroberts@mohawkschools.org