By Randy Fogg
The Ledger Staff
INMAN – Inman Junior High School will give three performances of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The show will be presented at 3 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 and 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Inman Junior/Senior High School auditorium.
Advance tickets to the show are available at the school district’s central office. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. Children age 5 and younger will get in free.
Director Gay Jordan said the play is not like the movie directed by Victor Fleming in 1939. Erin Detrick wrote the script for the IJHS production.
“It’s based on the book,” Jordan said. “To me, the book is more creative.”
She added the show is not a musical.
A total of 40 students tried out for the play. Thirty-five students will appear in the play.
Students in the Inman High School broadcasting program will handle the sound and lights for the show.
Students taking junior high art classes helped with painting the background scenes for the platy.
Jordan said Inman resident Connie Achilles is assisting with props and backdrops, as well as costumes for the characters.
“My biggest challenge for the play has been the flu season,” Jordan said. “We’ve been missing kids every day for practice.”
Elizabeth Leck plays the part of Dorothy. Adriana Owens is the Lion with Dantlie Raney the Scarecrow and Dawson Urwiller the Tin Woodman. Tristen Witt is Toto and Dayton Real is Oz.
Leck said her biggest challenge is speaking with a lower-pitched voice.
“I’m working on it,” Leck said. “I think it’s going well.”