CPPMS Drama Club brings 'The Wizard of Oz' to life
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Wizard of Oz will come to life this weekend thanks to the help of the Corning-Painted Post Middle School's Drama Club.
Based on the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy Gale, a young girl whose house gets whisked away to the magical land of Oz by a tornado. In an effort to return home to Kansas, Dorothy begins a quest to find the Wizard of Oz, meeting some new friends, and some enemies, along the way.
For Genevieve Griffin, playing the iconic character of Dorothy is an honor, but working with the entire cast has made it a dream.
"It's great to experience acting with such a wide range of people," she said. "We have people from 4 years old all the way up to adults that haven't been able to act since high school."
Even though this production of The Wizard of Oz is is being put on by a middle school, the production was open to actors of all ages. In fact, the cast consists of 75 people, and when you count those who work behind the scenes, there are about 100 people in total that are involved in the production.
For director Wendy Griffin -- who also happens to be Genevieve's mother -- bringing such a large and diverse group of people together is the reason why she volunteers to direct.
"I want to show my middle school kids that theatre is lifelong," she said. "I want to get families involved. We have parents of kids that have been doing middle and high school drama who are now onstage acting with their kid, or they're backstage helping to move the sets. So, it's really great to see them do something as a family and then form all of these other relationships with people they might not have known that really love the same art form."
As the show nears its opening night, the mother-daughter duo agreed that the final days of the rehearsal process can be some of the most magical.
"Even though it's hard during tech week, it's really great to see the show just come together," Genevieve said.
"You always get to this point in tech week as a director and think, 'Why do I do this to myself?'" Wendy added. "Then when you start to see all of it come together and the last bit of the magic come [into play], it's really exciting and great to see what kind of magic everyone can put together."
The Wizard of Oz plays at Corning-Painted Post High School Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door for $10 in cash or online at www.cppasd.com/tickets.