Last weekend was opening weekend of The Wizard of Oz which both my girls were in! Mikayla plays the roles of Crow, Poppy, and a Candy Shop Girl in Oz; and Izzy plays Toto during the Kansas scenes.
Mikayla continues to show no fear on stage, while Izzy has been riddled with anxiety since the beginning, but both girls are doing an awesome job! The hours have been long, not getting home and in bed until about 11:00 this past week (which explains why at 10:30 on a non-play night they are both in their beds still awake and reciting lines from the play) but it has been worth it!
The entire show has surpased my expectations, and those of most of our audience members. We have sold out two of our 4 shows so far before even opening the doors, and are looking forward to another busy weekend of performances. I'm not going to go into it too much tonight, but wanted to show you a few pictures for those of you haven't seen them on facebook already (my facebook friends are getting tired of hearing about the Wizard of Oz by now I'm sure)
Mikayla in stage makeup before dress rehearsal. Mikayla loves being in plays and has no stage fear. I wish I was more like that! She is enthusiastic and a pretty awesome singer!
Izzy as Toto holding the Toto that sits with the narrator Dorothy. Lots of things throughout the process of rehearsals and performances have worried Izzy to tears, and the late nights have made her pretty tired, but she is having a lot of fun making new friends and playing in the dressing rooms with the other kids. She is such a cute Toto and gets lots of laughs and "Awww"s from the audience! She is having fun and once she gets past each of the little details that worries her she enjoys herself quite a bit!
We have 6 Dorothys, 2 Totos, 2 Wicked witches, 2 Glindas, and some double-casted munchkins as well. Partly to accommodate a very large cast of 115 kids!
Toto scoping out Professor Marvel's roasting marshmallow.
Mikayla in her crow costume for the scene where Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. She likes being a crow, they get to sing and dance with the Scarecrow and tease him throughout the scene.
So you put makeup on her and she becomes a 13 year old?
Opening night was one of their sold out shows, and was a huge success!
We are so proud of our kids!
If you are interested in coming to see the show, you should order online before it sells out! youththeatreworkshop.org