Westwood’s Woodington Players Present The Wizard of Oz


Chloe Bilodeau, Staff Writer

Get ready for a journey down the yellow brick road, and be prepared to bump into a few classmates on the way! Westwood Jr./Sr. High School’s Woodington Players are taking the stage to perform the Wizard of Oz on March 10, 11, and 12. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, and $12 for adults.

Beginning their work on this production in January, the Woodington Players have worked hard for something they have always wanted. Director Donna Bialkin said, “They have always wanted to do this musical.”

Bialkin said, “We have the right people for the right roles,” so it was finally time to do it. The leads are played by Erika Lucas as Dorothy, Damon Vincenty as the Scarecrow, Muhammed Muhsin as the Lion, Dave Russo as the Tin Man, Emma Scholes as the Wicked Witch of the West, and Melissa Rissetto as Glinda.

The cast and crew are ready to go for opening night in less than two weeks. The music, choreography, timing and singing have all been learned. “The set alone is one of the best we have ever had,” according to Woodies president, Sara Bayles. The running crew and set crew have built the set themselves and art crew painted the majority of it. They added their own touch to a few things, but there is no question it is the land of Oz.

According to Bayles, the cast can’t wait for everyone to come out and see it; they want to show off all the hard work they have put into it. She said, “Everything always comes together to make a great show.”

Due to the fact that the Wizard of Oz is more age appropriate than past shows, and most people have watched the movie, the Woodington Players expect a big turnout for this show. This is the last show for the seniors in Woodies, “there will be lots of emotions back stage but the show won’t change because of that,” said Bayles.