About 40 young thespians have been spending a lot of time in Oz over the last few weeks. Theatricks held its first performance of “The Wizard of Oz” Thursday at Honey McGee Theater in Sherman.
The musical will continue to show Saturday and Sunday as well as Sept. 14-17.
“We have 10 performances,” Theatricks Director Webster Crocker said. “We did a Thursday night opening instead of Friday. We just wanted to get another performance in. This is a pretty small venue, but this is a pretty big production so we wanted to allow more people to be able to see it. We wanted to give people to opportunity to come see it.”
The leads are phenomenal, Crocker said of Luke Rostyne who plays the Cowardly Lion, Caleb Crocker who plays the Tin Man, and Jacob Williams who plays the Scarecrow.
“They are versatile and they can act,” Crocker said. “They can sing. They can dance. … The chemistry on stage is so good. You get the feeling that you are watching the movie.”
Faith Horsley, 13, who plays Dorothy, Crocker said, is amazing in her role.
“Faith … has done a couple of Theatricks productions and a couple of Sherman Community Players productions,” he said. “She sings in her church choir and has a sister that is also involved in it. Her mom is helping out with costumes. This is something that she really enjoys doing. She has been dong a fabulous job.”
Faith said she was excited when she found out that she got the lead role in the play.
“I was like, ‘Wow, I am really Dorothy,’” she said. “The most challenging part of the show for me has been memorizing the lines and keeping them in the right order because some of them I am saying the same thing with little changes or just changes in the word order. I say some things three times in a row.”
Faith’s favorite part of the show is the Land of Oz dance.
“I think that it is a lot of work that a lot of kids put in,” she said. “We just want to entertain some people. We want to do it for fun so others should come and see it.”
The other characters include Alessandra Baxter who plays Toto; Maegan Flood as Aunt Em and Glinda; Noah Bell as Uncle Henry, a Guard and Winkie General; Luke also plays Zeke; Jacob also plays Hunk; Avery Hall as Almira Gulch and the Wicked Witch; and Matt Maxwell as Professor Marvel and the Wizard of Oz.
Crocker’s son, Caleb will also take on the role of Hickory.
“I am very excited to see the growth that my son has had over the last years,” Crocker said. “He does a fabulous job as the Tin Man. He really hones in the character, all the nuisances, being stiff and then getting oiled. He has to be a bit robotic at times. Of my family, my son is the one that is most leaning towards theater. He is doing a wonderful job and I am happy for him.”
Children ages 8 to 13 will be representing the Munchkins and Ozians. They include Liam Troncalli (also Nikko the leader of the flying monkeys), Jojo Becherer, Shepherd Martin, Mattie Scheibmeir, Elijah McMinn, Alivia Bryson, Lydia Horsley, Megan Murden, Andrea Bryson, Kadence Massey, Nick Williams, Ela Sweetin, Rebecca Smith, Agnes Gunnels, Hannah Smith, and Lucy Boessen.
The rest of the cast ensemble is made up of Crows, Winkies, Flying Monkeys, Poppies and Trees which include, Edward Miles, Joshua Williams, Sebastian Murden, Hayden Smith, Jack Goldsmith, Alex Emert, Emie Shaw, Erica Romm, Sophia Ortley-Guthrie, Hope Rhoads, Isabelle Sawyer, Allison Hill, Averie Attaway and Rebekah Bayless.
The other stars of the show, Crocker said, are the supporting cast members. Stage Manager True Shaw, 15, was also the stage manager for Theatrick’s summer play, “Peter Rabbit.”
“I really like how everyone comes together to do this,” True said. “We were able to build this. We have people from 8 to 24 in this production. I have seen productions where there were 80-year-olds working with teenagers to make it happen. I love that.”
This is True’s first time as a stage manager for a musical.
“At Theatricks there is something for everyone here,” she said. “It’s not just kids. There are things for adults too. You come and if you want to be involved then there is definitely something to do.”
Ilena Nickols, 13, is one of the lead makeup artists for the show.
“The first time I did make up for Theatricks was during ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time,’” she said. “It was pretty good. It was the supporting cast production for this year.”
Working back stage, Ilena said, individuals get a lot of experience and learn everything about how a production works. She also said she is a bit anxious about the opening of the play.
“We did a lot of the makeup to mirror what they did in the original movie, and we also used the book, ‘(The Wonderful) Wizard of Oz’ for inspiration,” she said. “Glenda the Good in the movie wears pink, but in the book, she wears blue. So we wanted to incorporate both so we put her in a pink and blue dress and we are using pink and blue to highlight her face.”
Getting the Wicked Witch’s make up just right was a challenge for the makeup crew.
“The witch — we changed the green that she was wearing because the air brush broke,” she said. “For the first time, I did the witches make up. I used a shimmer powder all over her face. We later got the airbrush fixed so we toned down the green a bit. We also have people wearing fake eye lashes.”
The loft choir consists of Tammie Sims, Kate Boessen, Catie Flood, Miriam Scheibmeir, Elanor Goldsmith, Donna House, Kati Fortune, Rocky Massey, Scott Horsley, Emma Crocker, Brittani Crocker, Judy Warren, Chloe Horton, Brad Horton, Katy Lucchesse, McKenna Everheart, Amelia Stewart, Heather Stewart, Drew Crocker and Crystal Kingston.
Playing in the orchestra are Sarah Burditt, Marie Burditt, Amy Shojai, Cathy Sauls, Nikki Crocker, Pat Brentzel, Reese Brentzel, Meg Joyner, Catherine Walton, Mike Walker, Kelly Walton, Timothy Jenkins and Frank Steele.
“This is a creation of the community, and there are so many hands that have gone into the creation of this show,” Crocker said. “The costuming crew has put in about 5,000 hours with the 25 that have worked to make the 94 costumes. There are some beautifully intricate costumes. Then again, we had about 25 volunteers that helped construct and paint the set, help set up the audience. I think that something like community theater was originally organized to showcase and exhibit the talent of the community and give back to the community. I hope that is what people come to see, the community involvement and see how these actors and volunteers have helped create the environment of the show.”