Eleven Charlotte-area high school students are competing in the new theater criticism category of the Blumey Awards, the Blumenthal Performing Arts’ annual musical theater awards program (read more about that here.) Each student writes three reviews; the following is one entry:
Providence High School’s March 11 production of “The Wizard of Oz” overflowed with talent, creativity and charm.
Madison Claus, who played the role of Dorothy, thoroughly enraptured the audience throughout the performance, and her dreamy interpretation of “Over the Rainbow” was especially noteworthy. Joey Schachner, Parker Thompson and Andre Egas – the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman and Cowardly Lion – portrayed their classic characters with ease and wit. But the chorus members certainly stole the show. Each individual performed his part with enthusiasm and enriched the musical with his participation.
In addition to these fantastic performers, the creativity behind the costumes, choreography and set design was superior. For example, the ingenuity behind the munchkins sitting on rolling chairs, the dramatic portrayal of the tornado with an acrobatic, vertical rope dance, and the interpretation of flying monkeys overcame challenging obstacles of the musical.
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While the show was well done and a delight to experience, the cast struggled with sloppy set changes and a slow second act. But in the end, these flaws were easily concealed by the excellence and charm of the overall performance.
In conclusion, Providence High School’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” was well executed and entertaining. Good job, Providence!