I recently attended Theatricks’ season opening production of “The Wizard of Oz,” performed in the Honey McGee Theater. Beginning its 33rd season, Theatricks is the children’s theater component of Sherman Community Players.
Theatricks Director Webster Crocker has fortified his own stellar leadership with a talented directorial team for this production. Director Josh Harris, vocal directors Heidi Scheibmeir and Amanda Pillow, choreographer Amy Wallace, orchestra director Tom Bryson, and stage manager True Shaw have woven together all of the elements needed for a great production.
A cast of 40 players, an orchestra of 13 musicians, hard working crews and numerous volunteers have also applied their remarkable talents — with an outcome of great entertainment.
In song, word and dance, this timeless musical springs from the stage in grand fashion. Faith Horsley is a tour de force in the lead as Dorothy, demonstrating great command of the role throughout. Her lovable traveling companions are also brilliantly played — Jacob Williams as Scarecrow, Caleb Crocker as Tinman and Luke Rostyne as Lion bring wonderful life to these lovable characters. To this band of aspiring travelers, Alessandra Baxter adds her own endearing performance as Toto.
Additional major roles of Aunt Em played by Maegan Flood, Uncle Henry played by Noah Bell, Wicked Witch of the West played by Avery Hall and the Wizard of Oz played by Matt Maxwell are superbly performed. Liam Troncalli also adds a colorful portrayal of Nikko. All of these players, along with those playing Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, reveal their versatility as they perform other important roles as well.
Adding their own supporting talents to this rousing musical are the multiple roles acted by lovable munchkins, a talented ensemble, and a harmonious loft choir. Great lighting, sound, rear-screen projections, props, costumes and make-up also add tremendously to this winning production.
The music is beautifully played by a relatively small orchestra that produces an impressive sound, from their opening overture to the last song in the show. Added to a host of musical favorites is impressive choreography that adds great movement and energy throughout.
“The Wizard of Oz” is a classic that never loses it luster or its heartwarming and winsome message. It is ideal for audiences of all ages, and Theatricks presents it in grand fashion. It plays this weekend and next — and is a show not to miss!
The box office may be reached at 903-892-8818 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Evening and matinee performances are scheduled from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17.
— Mark Beardsley is a news clerk for the Herald Democrat. Email him at email@example.com.