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Meet The Cast: Wizard Of Oz Created by Publications Club

Creators: Anna Sarpong, Ben Ralph, Chloe Graham, Emma Matlock, Maria Ankney, Mario Faiman, Nathan Ensley and Ryan Beach.

Miriam Barajas

Dorothy

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: It’s my senior year, and I’ve always dreamt of having a lead [role] in senior year. I’ve been in productions in the past, so I just know it’s a really good and fun way to end my senior year and be with friends.

Q: What are you most excited for in the musical?

A: I’m really excited for the dog, actually, because we’re using a real dog. But I’m also just excited because I’ve been talking with people and meeting with people and getting closer to them.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I’m really excited because Dorothy is a very happy character so it will be really fun just to be kind of positive.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: Usually I just put myself into what the character is thinking.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: It’s a book called "Heartbeat" which is like a poem book.

Sophia Watt

Glinda

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: I’ve done musicals my whole life, so it’s just something that I’ve always done, and I really like the story of “Wizard of Oz.” I’ve kind of always liked the princess roles because last year I was Cinderella, so I was really pulling for Glinda.

Q: What are you most excited for in the musical?

A: I’m most excited about the scenes because in the “Wizard of Oz” it’s super colorful and really exciting all the time. There’s a scene where I get to float down in this bubble. I don’t really know how they’re going to do that but I’m excited for it.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I really like my character because I get to dress up for the musical. She’s super sweet and nice, and I feel like it’s a really fun role to play.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I get into character by relating to my Cinderella role last year. I think of the princess and queen ways of doing things, and I take part in doing that.

Laney DeLuna

Wicked Witch

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: This was actually the first musical I ever saw. I really love the theatre so I really wanted to be able to experience the show.

Q: What are you most excited for in the musical?

A: I am mostly excited for costuming and sets. I think that the production team will be able to create something really, really great.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I feel pretty excited, even though my character is the villain of the story. I'm really excited to get to be meaningful.

Q: What are you currently reading or what book do you suggest?

A: I would suggest "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I take a couple seconds just to myself and just sit down and think about some of the lines, about who the character is, and what he or she will be doing at the specific time and do my best to think of that.

Eli Smith

Scarecrow

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: I wanted to be in it because I thought that I was able to have a lead role this year.

Q: What part of the musical are you most excited about?

A: It's going to be really fun to perform in front of an audience as the scarecrow. It's going to be exciting to play the character and to act clueless throughout the show.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: By reading lines and by thinking about what someone who couldn't think would be feeling. It's hard to have to act "out of it" but other cast members and leads make it easier.

Q: Has anything funny or interesting happened at rehearsal this year?

A: We were sitting on the risers and they were lowering lights to fix them on stage. As the lights came down one just hit me in the head.

Nathan McBride

Lion

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: I’m new here, and at my last school I could never be a part of the musical because track season and the musical overlapped, so coming here I decided I would audition.

Q: What are you most excited for in the musical?

A: Just to perform and be part of something great for all to see.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I love him, and I’m so excited to be the lion. Can’t wait!

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I just think scared. I have to be scared of everything to play my role correctly.

Mitchell Anderson

Tinman

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: The musical is really fun, and the music is really nice and easy. Everyone gets a kick out of singing a classic.

Q: What are you most excited for in the musical?

A: I’m probably most excited for the cast. I feel like everyone is really close and easy to get along with, and I feel like we can make that chemistry to make an even better show.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: He is a very calm guy for someone who does not have a heart. Very calm, usually the least reactive, very gentle with everything. Unlike Scarecrow who is usually all over the place.

Q: How is your character involved?

A: My character brings out the more gentle side of everything. He is probably the most ironic character just because both Scarecrow and Lion do the exact opposite of what they are doing, while Tinman, he is very gentle. But he is looking for his heart even though he shows it throughout the entire story. That is a little bit more out there than the others.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I focus mainly on what I think someone who is kind of timid would act in a situation. Which is really weird, because I’m always out there. But I react the very least I should be able to, because if you watch the Wizard of Oz he is kind of like “Oh, that happened.”

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: Paul Chappell. He is a political science sort of person. I'm reading the Road to Peace series.

Ben Johnson

Oz

Q: What made you want to try out for this musical?

A: I’ve always been interested in theatre so I thought I would try out.

Q: What are you most excited for in the musical?

A: The full cast getting together and us starting to run the scenes.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I feel like it's a really fun role because I get to be two different people.

Q: How is your character involved?

A: Someone who seems to be evil at the start and then turns out to help the main characters at the end.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I watched the movie, and I just studied how the actors in the movie do it. I just try to replicate it as best I can.

Abigail Johnson

Winkie General

Q: What made you want to try out for this play?

A: I was in the show last year, and I directed the play last year. I just really love performing.

Q: What are you most excited for about the play?

A: I'm just really pumped. We're going to have an awesome cast and an awesome crew this year. I also get to be with my friends.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I’m a tree and in the forest and a winkie general. I'm excited to see what that is!

Q: How is your character involved?

A: I guard the witch's castle, and I also sing with Tin Man a little bit, and I might even do a tap dance.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: “The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide” by Jenna Fischer, who played Pam in the office. It's really helpful when it comes to working on auditions.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: It really depends on the character. The costume and makeup helps, but getting into the headspace really helps. I think "I am this person and I’m about to guard the castle."

Abigail's audition for the play

JacQUI Henderson

Nikko

Q: What made you want to try out for this play?

A: One of my friends actually made me.

Q: What are you most excited for about the play?

A: Flying

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I'm excited. I mean, I'm evil. I don't have any speaking lines. I get to fly and kidnap people. It's great.

Q: How is your character involved?

A: I mean, I kidnap Dorothy. Most of my role is kidnapping Dorothy. I am the witch's sidekick.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: The Raven’s Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. It's my favorite series in the world. I'm forcing my English teacher to read it right now.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I embrace my evil side. There is a girl that encourages my dark side.

Ella Gilpatrick

Almira Gulch

Q: What made you want to try out for this play?

A: I was in the the play last year, and I like the community. It's like a family, and it's something I like to do.

Q: What are you most excited for about the play?

A: I'm excited for the performance. It's a role I've never played before.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: She's fun, and she's mean, and, for lack of a better word, kind of snobby.

Q: How is your character involved?

A: She is basically the wicked witch before she becomes the wicked witch. She is kind of the villain before Oz comes along.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: I am reading a book called "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: The best way to get into character is to memorize your lines very well. You also have to think like your character.

Megan McCall

Aunty Em

Q: What made you want to try out for this play?

A: I liked to sing, dance, and act, and I thought it would be fun to meet new people.

Q: What are you most excited for about the play?

A: Rehearsals and getting to perform.

Q: How do you feel about your character?

A: I like it. I am very excited to play that character. I have never played an older person before.

Q: How is your character involved?

A: She is Dorothy’s aunt, and she is comforting Dorothy.

Q: How do you get into character?

A: I guess I kind of think of the situation and think of how character would react.

Q: What are you currently reading?

I am reading this book called “War Storm” by Victoria Aveyard, and it’s pretty good.

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