Don't be startled if you see munchkins, flying monkeys, witches or a silver sprayed tin man mulling around Edwards the next three days. It's not the Oz Apocalypse, but rather Vail Christian High School's spring musical of, you guessed it, The Wizard of Oz. The musical opens at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Vail Christian High School and performances will also take place Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets, which are available at the door, are $20 for adults and $10 for students under age 18.
Around 65 local students from Vail Christian High School, The Vail Academy, St. Clare of Assisi, The Charter School and Stone Creek Elementary are participating in the production, which is being directed by Rayla Kundolf. The kids age in range from 7 to 18 years of age.
"There is even a real live Toto," Kundolf said. "Keep your fingers crossed that he remembers his entrances and exits, if not he is so cute that you can forgive him."
The original book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was published in 1900; the story was first performed on stage in 1902 and became an MGM movie in 1939. It is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture. Kundolf said she chose this classic tale because of the talented cast of kids who wanted to take part.
"They are not afraid to think out of the box and play the parts bigger than life," Kundolf said.
Plus, St. Clare's is across the street from Vail Christian High School and The Vail Academy now shares a campus with Vail Christian High School so "there was a plethora of munchkins available," Kundolf said.
The kids have been rehearsing since mid February.
"A well-rounded labor of love, this show really has taken a village," Kundolf said. "There are over 91 people including, cast, crew, and parents that have assisted in making this all happen."
The lead parts are played by Vail Christian High School students.
"They have raised the bar this year in creating their characters, and with their singing, dancing," Kundolf said. "They are amazing."
Kundolf had this to say about each of the lead characters:
•-Dorothy, played by Larkin Smith, makes you smile about your childhood.
•-The Scarecrow, played by Parker Poage, (yes, local musician Micky Poage's son) sings, dances and brings this charactor to life through his own personality and humor.
• The Tin Man, played by Jordan Mesch, masters very tongue-in-cheek dialogue with his own wit and charactor.
•-The Lion, played by senior Sean Ryan, is something you can't miss.
•-Glinda the Good With of the North, played by Kenzie Smith and her nemisis, The Wicked Witch of the West, played by Angela Downs, have raised the bar with their acting capabilities.
•-Last but not least, Mack Cooper plays Oz himself, and has used his experience in speech and debate this past year to bring this dialogue to life.
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.