Rehearsal hasn’t started yet.
The Tinman’s on his cellphone.
The Scarecrow’s practicing scary looks.
And Toto’s getting lots of attention.
Welcome to “The Wizard of Oz” at Woodlands High School this weekend, a production that will include all sorts of projections and special effects.
Woodlands student Eula Baek painted the backdrop for a WISE project.
This “Oz” will bring the show into the audience, with a yellow-brick road that goes out into the audience. (Sit in the first two rows in the center section and you’ll be in the middle of the action.)
The Twister is made of people, the poppies are red umbrellas and the 30-person cast is always hopping, playing several roles.
“The cast is the crew and the crew is the cast,” says director Nicole Masi, who has enlisted a tag-team of wizards. (That’s Mr. Washington in the projection; and Mr. Holland as the “stage” Oz.)
Toto is played by Mia Muller, a Chihuahua mix who will continue to get a lot of attention.
On the yellow-brick road or off it.
“The Wizard of Oz,” at Woodlands High School, 7 p.m., April 4 and 5.
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Woodlands. Enjoy!