The Wizard of Oz

Over a thousand patrons enjoyed our live stage production of The Wizard of Oz, the audience-pleasing family stage musical. Story by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, background music by Herbert Stothart, and book adaptation by John Kane from the screenplay of the classic MGM movie of 1939 starring Judy Garland, as presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Performances of Wizard of Oz were in November 2009. (The weekend before, and the weekend of Thanksgiving.) The location was the big auditorium at Saugus High School.

We are pleased to have worked with the very talented cast of The Wizard of Oz: Olivia Miller as Dorothy, William Fafard as Toto, Laura Conway as Aunt Em, Matt Huffman as Uncle Henry, Bobby Imperato as Scarecrow/Hunk, Mike Michaud as Tinman/Hickory, Brian Dion as Lion/Zeke, Phyllis Scalia D’eon as Wicked Witch/Miss Gultch, Raymond Smith as Wizard of Oz/Prof. Marvel, Amanda Allen as Glinda, John Sarantos as Emerald City Guard, Jessica Stockton as Nikko, Mike Sakovich as Winkie General.

Mark Lucas was the Mayor of Munchkinland, Kayla Harvey the Coroner, Autumn Dion the Barrister, Alexis Gallotto the Braggart, Eliana Coppola the Fiddler, Victoria Mercado and Caraline Winch were Teachers, Sydney Addorisio and Meghann Breton were City Officials. The Lullaby League was Sarah Gyurina., Courtney Karvielis, and Autumn Lopez. The Lollipop Guild was Gigi Breton, Jodi Palumbo, and Meghan Turner. Other Munchkins included Natalia Bocchino, Mary Deon, Rowan Dubé, Skylar Dubé, Nicole Felix, Markie Hall, Tess Hannify, Annabella Joyce, and Chantal Kelly.

Alexis Fafard, Moriah Goldblatt, and Candace Parks were the Crows. Marina Giarla, Tia Girardi, and Paige Oxley were the Trees. The Dance Ensemble, portraying the Twister, Poppies, Snowflakes, and Jitterbugs, included: Shannon Bentley, Nicole Dimeglio, Veronica Giarla, Sarah MacDonald, Elissa O’Donnell, and Frances Serwicki, as well as those playing the Crows, Trees, and some Munchkins. The Adult Ensemble, portraying Ozians and Winkies, included Sean Waple, Will Waple, and Nancy Welch, as well as the Dancers and some Munchkins.

This production was directed by Joanne Fafard and Larry Segel, with children’s coordination by Bobby Imperato, musical direction by David Colpitts, and choreography by Crystal Joyce. The producer was Amanda Allen, and the stage managers were Tish Dion and Jacqui DiGenio.