Nearly 40 students from all three Coweta high schools are preparing to perform “The Wizard of Oz” at the end of the month.
The Superintendent’s Theatre Arts Resource (STAR) program joins students and directors from different schools in the county to put on one summer production.
The show will take place at the Nixon Centre for the Arts July 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Three of the leading roles in the show are being performed by students from three different high schools.
Hannah Hudson, a rising senior at Newnan, will play Glinda. Hudson said she wanted to participate in the program because it would make her a better performer and because she was excited about the show.
“It started with my grandma, she loves ‘The Wizard of Oz’ so much. So I knew it would mean a lot to her and I grew up watching it because of her,” she said.
Hudson added that she plans on studying performance after she graduates high school.
Ethan Clark, a rising senior at East Coweta, will play the Wizard. He said he can’t imagine spending his summer any other way.
“I have done this program for the past three years, and it’s a great experience to help you grow and bond with students from your school and from others,” Clark said.
Sammy Morrison, a recent Northgate graduate, will play Dorothy. She said that all the roles she has played throughout high school have led up to her being able to play Dorothy.
“Dorothy has always been a dream role of mine, and I’ve always wanted to do ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It’s a classic, it’s so cool,” Morrison said.
Collaborating on a show isn’t just a treat for the performers, but also for the directors.
Northgate’s Cassandra Scott-Fortune and East Coweta’s Scott Ondovchik are working together to direct the show.
They said they picked “The Wizard of Oz” as the summer show because they like to do family classics that everyone will know.
It’s also an opportunity for them to put together a big production, and Ondovchik said this is a show where you have to go big.
“I am able to focus on the creative process of the show. During the school year I have to be both a teacher and a director,” Ondovchik said. “For the summer program, I can just focus on being a director.”
Scott-Fortune said she enjoys the opportunity to work with someone who understands what her job is like.
“Only a couple of people get what we do. It’s nice to be with someone who understands what we do every day,” she said.
They expect the show to surprise even the most knowledgeable fans of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Clark said the sequence of the show is comparable to the movie, but there will be some exciting surprises and special effects.
“When we all get together and we can all perform in the Centre, it is so cool. It’s the best,” Morrison said.