Charleroi students stage 'The Wizard of Oz'
Warning to anyone attending Charleroi Area High School's presentation of “The Wizard of Oz:” “This is not the movie version,” said Stacie Cifrulak, high school mathematics teacher and assistant director, producer and choreographer of the presentation.
“We chose this particular version of ‘The Wizard of Oz' because it will be a new experience for everyone,” Cifrulak added. “Although it shares a similar plot with the movie, it has some added characters and scenes that allow us to feature more talent and add an element of surprise for the audience.”
Included in that list of talented performers who will be sharing the Charleroi Area High School auditorium stage are seniors Abby Smith, cast as Dorothy, and Maggie Sukel, cast as the Wicked Witch. Both held leading roles in last year's presentation of “The Little Shop of Horrors,” with Abby portraying Ronette and Maggie as Audrey II.
Additionally, seniors Brianna Kelly (Glinda), Brennan Matthews (Wizard), Brayden Shepherd (Cowardly Lion), and David Young (Tin Man), plus junior Chris Bittner (Scarecrow) have obviously familiar and prominent roles.
Jaron Andrechak is once again stage manager for the presentation. Laboring relatively anonymously, except to those associated with the musical, Andrechak has served as Charleroi Area's stage manager since he was in middle school and hopes to pursue a career in stage management.
An added major musical number is in Act 1 Scene 2, in Munchkinland when Charleroi Area's elementary students join the fun.
Even though Charleroi Area, like other area schools, lost considerable rehearsal time due to an uncooperative Mother Nature, “‘The Wizard of Oz' is still on schedule, which says so much for the endless and hard work of the cast members and supporting staff,” continued Cifrulak, in her second year working with the musical.
“This is the time of the year where it really starts to become fun because the students have an opportunity to see how everything looks, start in their costumes, and using all their props definitely helps them to get in character,” she said. “Put everything together and the story comes alive. Having the elementary students involved as Munchkins helps that particular scene come alive, as well. Our elementary school students are so excited just to be a part of the musical and they add a vibrance to the Munchkinland scene.”
Les Harvath is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Mon Valley school districts set to begin new year
- Candlewood Suites coming to Rostraver
- Chase suspect faces trial, other woes
- California University peer program eases transition to college
- Carroll incident draws police from 4 departments
- Ringgold set for school year to begin Aug. 28
- Reader requests more from ’44 on ‘This Day’ journey
- Monessen man faces another trial
- Mon Valley transit merger decision might come next month
- Monessen offers tax, trash amnesty
- Ellsworth man charged in fatal accident