Logan middle schoolers performing ‘Wizard of Oz’


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Photo submitted Approximately 80 students will be taking part in the performance of “Wizard of Oz” this weekend.


For the sixth year, the Logan County middle schools will be performing a joint musical and they will be sharing their efforts this weekend as the students present “The Wizard of Oz.”

The show will once again be at Crossroads Church. Show times are Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are just $5 apiece

The play is sponsored by the county’s Family Resource Youth Service Centers.

“We have 80 students in the cast this year and an additional 10 on the technical staff helping with the lights, sound and the other off stage stuff,” said director Melanie Manley. “This is our biggest cast so far, it just keeps growing every year.”

Many of the students have been participating in the middle school play for most of the six years now.

“We’ve had quite a few in high school now, but we have several that have been in it every year they have been old enough,” Manley said. “Our set crew is some of our alumni that are in high school now and have come back to help us. I really love that.”

The students have been practicing three days a week in order to get ready for this weekend’s production

Many parents have also volunteered their time and skills to help make the production a success.

“We have had tremendous parent support,” Manley said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

Also, the willingness of Crossroads Church was a needed blessing for a good venue.

“We really appreciate them allowing us to invade their building and space for three days a week with 80 kids so that we can practice,” Manley said.

There will also be three free shows on Monday just for students from around Logan County as they are bused in to see the play.

“In all, we will have over 1,200 students to come through and see those shows,” Manley said. “We are very excited about that.”

There will be dual casts for the lead roles in the play again this year.

“We have all of our leads double cast to give more of our students a chance at bigger roles,” Manley said.

Photo submitted Approximately 80 students will be taking part in the performance of “Wizard of Oz” this weekend.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Play-cast.jpgPhoto submitted Approximately 80 students will be taking part in the performance of “Wizard of Oz” this weekend.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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