Wizard of Oz: Local youths to put on children’s musical

 

The Barn Players, Inc. of Miles City will present its spring children’s musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.

Performances will be April 25 at 7 p.m. and April 26 at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Custer County District High School auditorium. This show is appropriate for all ages. 

“Wizard” is directed by Barn veterans Dan Hance and Hannah Nash, assisted by Katie Keith and Jenifer Mahan. The show is under two hours in length, including intermission. 

Nash said she is always amazed when she is involved in a production like this at the level of talent shown by the youth of Miles City.

““We are extremely fortunate to live in a community with such a supply of young talent,” she said. “Each one of our young actors brings his or her unique flavor to these iconic roles; it is a fascinating process to cultivate and witness. 

“I’m pretty sure that each year I say, ‘This might be the best one I’ve ever directed.’ But in all honesty, it really is,” Nash said. “I believe setting such a high bar for the Barn Players’ productions ensures that we dazzle and amaze Miles City every time.” 

This production of “The Wizard of Oz” contains the great show-stopping music of the original MGM 1939 film, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale of Kansas.

Dorothy, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. 

One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. The audience can join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination.

“What a pleasure it has been working with the youth in Miles City on the production of the Wizard of Oz,” Hance said. “It is such a classic story that I remember as a child, and it is so much fun to see the next generation of kids getting to know it for themselves. 

“Theatre was very enjoyable for me as a child,” Hance said, “and it is really enjoyable seeing kids from all different walks of life and all kinds of different interests come together to bring you their own original presentation of this classic tale.”

Assistant Director Katie Keith said she believes the show will resonate with audiences both young and old; after all, who doesn’t remember the first time they watched the iconic film?

“I’m incredibly excited to bring The Wizard of Oz to the stage here in Miles City,” Keith said. “It is very important that we get our portrayal as accurate as we can and we have done everything we can to achieve that accuracy. Wizard of Oz has great importance to me personally, and being able to do the show here and be an active member of the director team is just fantastic. I think everyone is going to enjoy the show immensely.”

Forty-eight local youth actors and actresses will be performing in this musical with singing, dancing and challenging lines.

“There are no small parts, only small actors… literally,” Nash said. “Our team of 48 youths range in age from 3 to 18 years, and each voice is integral to creating Oz on the stage.”

Assistant Director Jeni Mahan agreed.

“I love theatre because it allows even the quietest, shyest child to be seen and heard in a positive way where not only they benefit, but also the audience they are entertaining,” Mahan said.

For some of the performers participating in this musical, it will be their last, as they prepare for graduation and ready themselves for college. Nash said she hopes they take their experiences with Barn Players over the years and utilize the skills they’ve learned.

“We have at least one of our long-term, numerous show actresses leaving for college,” Nash said. “This will be her last play with us. It’s hard to watch them all grow up and pursue higher education and other interests. But we hope the lessons they’ve learned about teamwork, poise, public speaking, studying and camaraderie are something that they can take with them for any future pursuits they may have.”

  For more information about “The Wizard of Oz” or the performances, contact the directors at (406) 951-0560 or (406) 951-1030, or email the Barn BarnPlays@gmail.com. For show information, visit  the blog online at: barnplayers.blogspot.com, or Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/BarnPlayersInc.

Tickets are $8 for adults (13 years of age and up) and $7 for children (12 years of age and under). Tickets may be purchased at the door before each performance, online at barnplayers.blogspot.com. click on: Online Ticket Sales or by phone or text at (406) 951-0560. There is no need to print tickets, just have the reservation name and ticket count available at the box office and the tickets will be waiting. 

Anyone requiring special seating arrangements or needs should contact Hannah Nash at (406) 951-0560. Seating options are available and the auditorium is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be available during the intermission.

 

CAST

 DOROTHY GALE-McKinsey Jerrel

SCARECROW-Jade Stratton

TIN MAN-Josiah Mahan

COWARDLY LION-Alex Bradford

TOTO-Keon Laney

WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST-Sarin Hoppe

WIZARD OF OZ-Amanda Price

GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH-Elizabeth Gilbert

AUNTIE EM-Rylee Treu

UNCLE HENRY-Titus Mahan

 

Munchkinland

MAYOR OF MUNCHKIN CITY-Joel Leischner

BARRISTER-Georgia Perkins

CORONER-Hannah Brence

CITY FATHERS-Kaylee Yeager, Briar Jerrel

SOLO MUNCHKINS-Allie Wagner, Mika Janshen

LULLABY LEAGUE-Haley Hould, Eliana Mahan, Bailey Muscha

LOLLIPOP GUILD-Allie Dodd, Ruby Koester, Chloe Sutter

EXTRA MUNCHKINS-Jason Arave, Trinity Gray, Robin Leidholt, Kaci Marmon, Jay Pluhar, Trent Pluhar, Jazmine Sualata, Sunny Sampson

 

Yellow Brick Road Adventures

CROWS-Trinity Gray, Isabella Hanvold, Jasmine Harris, Teyonna Hotchkiss, Kaylee Yeager

APPLE TREES-Titus Mahan, Randall Sikveland, Raven Windsor

JITTERBUG DANCERS-Sissi Jungels, Anjeliq Plowman, Dominique Sutter, Izzy Wagner

JITTERBUG BUSHES-Hannah Brence, Allie Dodd, Mika Janshen, Briar Jerrel, Joel Leischner, Ruby Koester, Georgia Perkins, Chloe Sutter, Rylee Treu

EMERALD CITY GUARD & DOORMAN-

Kaylee Yeager, Isabella Hanvold

EMERALD CITY OZIANS

Hannah Brence, Allie Dodd, Jasmine Harris, Teyonna Hotchkiss, Haley Hould, Mika Janshen, Briar Jerrel, Sissi Jungels, Ruby Koester, Joel Leischner, Eliana Mahan, Titus Mahan, Bailey Muscha, Georgia Perkins, Anjeliq Plowman, Sunny Sampson, Jazmine Sualata, Chloe Sutter, Dominique Sutter, Rylee Treu, Allie Wagner, Izzy Wagner, Raven Windsor

CAT-Eliana Mahan

 

The Castle

MONKEY LEADER NIKKO-Randall Sikveland

WINGED MONKEYS-Taevon Curley, Tavian Curley, Gavin Marmon, Evan Miles, Leon Nix, Julious Real Bird

WINKIE GUARD LEADER-Trinity Gray

WINKIE GUARDS-Jason Arave, Jaymen Henderson, Jay Pluhar, Trent Pluhar, Jayli Stratton

 

CREW

DIRECTORS - Dan Hance, Hannah Nash

Assistant Directors-Katie Keith, Jenifer Mahan

Costuming-The Director Team, Lori Berry, Becky Lane, Sue Miles

Set Design & Construction-Zachery Miles, Tim Miles, The Director Team

Sound & Music-Tim Miles

Backstage Assistant-Kalei Richwine

Special Hair & Makeup-Jessica Culver

Lights-Terry Fuhrman, Ethan Price

Photography-Steve Allison, Kara Phillips