Off to see the Wizard
PGTC to present ‘ Wizard of Oz’ next week
Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Pottsville anymore.
The Pottsville Gymnastics& Theatrical Center Inc. will present its Young Performers Edition of “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. March 1 and 2 and 3 and 7 p.m. March 3 and 4 at United Presbyterian Church Hall, 214 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. The entrance is located on Third Street off Mahantongo.
Tickets are $ 15 and can be purchased at PGTC, by emailing email@example.com or at the door. It is recommended they be purchased in advance to ensure seating, according to SandyKost- Sterner, producer of youth theater programs at PGTC.
The musical is based on the 1900 book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, according to Kost- Sterner. Like the book and the subsequent film based on it, the book tells the tale of Dorothy, a young farm girl from Kansas who is taken by a tornado to Oz, where she seeks to find the Wizard of Oz, who has the power to send her home. During her quest, she meets with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion, who aid her in finding the Wizard.
“‘ The Wizard of Oz’ is a classic, verywell- known showand is enjoyable for audiences of all ages. There is a saying with this show that really resonates. It is ‘ It’s not where you go, it’s who you meet along theway.’ The youngsters in this show— many who had never done any type of theater in the past— began a journey two months ago of learning to work together as a team,” Kost- Sterner said.
She said the youngsters have met newfriends, have learned the value of hard work and dedication and are very excited to share the showwith everyone.
“I believe the audiences will be thoroughly entertained and impressed! I’m so proud of what they have all accomplished and I hope they have wonderful memories of the people they have met along theway. I’m really going to miss them all and hope to see them in a future Pottsville GTC production,” she said.
Because of the large number of performers, about 82, ranging from kind erg art ne rs to eighth-graders, casts will be broken into two groups: the blue cast and the gold cast, Kost- Sterner said.
Playing the lead role of Dorothy is Lauren Bennyhoff in the blue cast and Kayla Gherghel in the gold cast; as Scarecrow, Eden Wanzie and Sophia Wittig; Tin man, Hunter Hengeveld and Paige Deitrich; Cowardly Lion, Aidan Grace and Koreena Bittner; and Wicked Witch, Hallie Yordy and Ella Putalavage. Kost- Sterner also said her dogs, Aly and Shawny, will be reprising the role of Toto.
The production staff includesKost- Sterner as producer and director; Bruce Marianelli as music director; Catherine Nadeau as choreographer; and Alexa Gauvreau and Sarah Halupa as junior assistants.
Kost- Sterner said that although PGTC has had two shows at the venue, it will be the first musical they’ll be putting on there.
“The stage— which is 22 feet by 23 feet— is very spacious and there are several dressing rooms, an area for a backstage and several restrooms for audience members,” she said. “The church hall is also ideal for rehearsals as it offers a large, bright rehearsal space aswell as additional rooms that the pianist and music director can do musical rehearsals while other staff members are using the rehearsal area or actual stage. We are able to make really great use of the rehearsal time.”
Formore information about PGTC’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” or any upcoming camp, audition or event, email firstname.lastname@example.org of find Pottsville GTC Theater Program on Facebook.
Members of the cast of The Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center Inc.’ s production of “The Wizard of Oz” are, from left, Paige Deatrich, 13, of Pottsville, as the Tin Man; Lauren Bennyhoff, 13, of Ashland, as Dorothy, holding Aly as Toto; Koreena...