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Hempfield goes all in with ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Shirley McMarlin
| Tuesday, April 17, 2018 9:00 p.m

Hempfield Area High School is a big school, and it deserves a big musical, says director Tony Marino.

“The Wizard of Oz” will be just that when it takes over the auditorium stage from April 19 through 21.

There are more than 100 cast members from the high school and the district’s middle and elementary schools. The lead roles — Dorothy, Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man and the good and bad witches — are double cast.

An orchestra will provide music.

“Everyone loves the movie and our goal is to bring the movie to life,” Marino says. “We’re going to hew as close to the cinematic experience as possible.”

Along with onstage scenery, additional scenes will be projected on the back of the stage to create what Marino calls a 3-D effect.

The opening Kansas scenes will be staged in black and white.

Once Dorothy lands in Oz, the scenery will switch to color.

“ZFX (Flying Effects) will bring in a flying rig — we’ll have a fair number of people flying,” Marino says.

“It’s such a timeless story and everyone knows it, so audiences expect high standards,” says senior Elijah Gilbert, who is cast as one of the Scarecrows.

Choreography is by Marino’s wife (and partner in Greensburg’s Stage Right theater company) Renata Marino. Music director is Chris McAllister and pit director is Michael Matteo.

“The Wizard of Oz” will be performed at 7 p.m. April 19-21 and 1 p.m. April 21. $15, $10 for students.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review Out & About writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter .

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More than 100 cast members are involved in Hempfield Area High School's spring musical, 'The Wizard of Oz,' running April 19-21.
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Students cast as the Tin Man, Dorothy, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow head for the Emerald City during rehearsal for Hempfield Area High School's spring 2018 musical, 'The Wizard of Oz.'
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Students rehearse a scene for Hempfield Area High School's spring 2018 musical production of 'The Wizard of Oz.'
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'The Cowardly Lion' cowers in front of the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Mia Logan, during rehearsal for 'The Wizard of Oz,' Hempfield Area High School's spring 2018 musical production.
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Cast members spy the Wicked Witch of the West riding her broom during rehearsal for 'The Wizard of Oz,' the 2018 spring musical at Hempfield Area High School,
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