There’s no place like home, unless it’s on stage

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One of the most beloved stories of all time was brought to life in mid-April as Jupiter High School brought down the house with their staged production of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Jupiter High Theater.

Approximately 700 people attended the four performances based on the movie we all know and love.

“We staged it to be a reflection of the production ideas in the movie but adapted to the materials available on a high-school drama budget,” said Glenn Powell, Jupiter High School drama director.

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The play was a family affair as relatives of the performers got their moment in the spotlight.

“We invited guest Munchkins into the show,” said Powell. “They were brought onto the stage by a regular Munchkin during that scene. They danced and sang with the cast and then when the Munchkins went off stage, they went back to their seats to enjoy the show. They were cute and perky and added a little extra kid magic to the production.”

Powell’s team was very resourceful rounding up odds and ends to add special effects.

“We felt like Disney,” said Powell. “We gathered spare projectors from the school and had swirling clouds on the walls as the audience sat in the dark for the tornado. We had flames surrounding the Wizard’s head. We had a lot of fun with building the fantasy environment for this show.”

Some fan favorites included: Tyler Gooch as the Scarecrow; Brian McMenaman, Lion; Caleb Vinci, Tin Man; Adriana Mucia, Wicked Witch, Jamie Howard, Glinda the Good Witch, and Hannah Strauss as Dorothy.

Although no abject stage fright interfered, there was plenty of nervous energy to go around.

“I was pretty nervous on opening night,” said Mucia. “I wanted the Witch to be perfect.”

“It was so exciting to be able to play this part but it’s a lot of pressure to sing a song that everybody knows and they are all comparing you to Judy Garland,” said Strauss. “It was a wonderful experience for me.”

According to Powell, the show was a hit.

“Many of the positive comments were about the performances of Adriana Mucia as the Wicked Witch and Brian McMenaman as the Cowardly Lion,” said Powell.

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