Families, teachers, staff and friends of St. Mark’s Episcopal School – 500 strong – turned out to support the school’s musical theater and drama students in their performance of “The Wizard of Oz” in late May.
Twenty-six performers in the seventh and eighth grade brought smiles and gales of laughter to the enthusiastic crowd.
“’The Wizard of Oz’ provided moments of humor and comedy that brought the audience to laughter, especially some of the lines from the cowardly lion and Dorothy’s dog, Toto. The audience was delighted by the students’ performances and the colorful sets and costumes,” said Christina Styer, music teacher and musical director for the show.
The talented actors breathed life into some of the most beloved characters in literature.
“The student’s brought their characters to life with a powerful display of emotions, both physically and with their voices and facial expressions,” said Styer. “Nikko [played by Tommy Spurlin], the lead flying monkey, commanded the stage and brought back memories from the original movie. The student who played Toto did not have any speaking lines, but was able to pull off the role of this character with true emotion and facial expressions.”
Students not only performed but were responsible for creating costumes, designing the set and crafting props.
“As directors of the production, Christina Styer and I were impressed with the students’ ability to run the show entirely, including moving set pieces, running the lights cues, applying makeup, costume changes, checking and setting props, and managing the curtain cues,” said Jesse Furman, drama teacher and director. “The students were also able to back each other up and take on multiple jobs backstage.”
This marks just the second fully staged school drama and musical theater production held in Coleman Hall, which was completed in September 2014 as part of the 26,450-square-feet Staluppi Center. Coleman Hall contains the school’s stage with a professional sound system lighting, a fully equipped kitchen; band room; choral room; art classroom with kiln; middle school science lab; computer lab and multiple meeting spaces for church, school, and community groups.
For more information about St. Mark’s Episcopal School, call (561) 622-1504 or visit www.stmarkspbg.org.