Fifth, sixth graders go to the ‘Land of Oz’ in musical
Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:38 AM
The members of the Spring Grove fifth and sixth-grade classes invite the public to their upcoming musical ‘The Wizard of Oz’ that will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. The play is being directed by Bethany Engen.
Spring Grove fifth and sixth graders will travel to the Land of Oz in their annual musical production on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Spring Grove School gymnasium.
There will be a dress rehearsal performance on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9:15 a.m. in the school gymnasium. Admission is free for both performances.
The 45-minute play features fifth graders in the chorus and sixth graders in familiar and favorite roles such as Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion.
This is the first year the two grades have been combined in the production.
Choir/music teacher Bethany Engen said she decided to combine the grades in the play because their other musical classes are combined, such as fifth- and sixth-grade band.
They also learn to sing in two parts when they get to fifth- and sixth-grade choir, which means more voices and stronger parts.
“I think they [fifth graders] like seeing the ins and outs of it,” Engen said.
The students have been rehearsing since the first week of November. Sixth graders had to audition for a singing, dancing or speaking part.
Engen said the students are excited for the musical, and they are well prepared.
“They memorized their lines so fast, and they ask questions. They take it very seriously,” she pointed out.
The cast of characters includes: Narrator 1 – Nathan Solberg; Narrator 2 – Lawrence Skauge; Uncle Henry Gale – Noah Blackburn; Aunt Emily Gale – Madilyn Ostern; Dorothy Gale – Maggie Lile and Ellyce Walsh; Miss Almira Gulch – Haley Ellingson; Glinda the Good Witch of the North – Ella Wennes; Mayor of Munchkinland – Ayden Jansen; Wicked Witch of the West – Haley Ellingson; Munchkins and Flying Monkeys – Noah Blackburn, Logan Brumm, Ty Cleven, Alison Frydenlund, Kenadee Gerard, Caleb Griffin, Tysen Grinde, Hunter Holland, Ayden Jansen, Xander Lewis, Josiah Liptack, Emma Moen, Madilyn Ostern, Lydia Solum, Peyton Thompson and Ella Wennes; Munchkin 1 – Kenadee Gerard; Munchkin 2 – Peyton Thompson; Munchkin 3 – Alison Frydenlund; Munchkin 4 – Josiah Liptack; Munchkin 5 – Lydia Solum; Munchkin 6 – Emma Moen; Monkey 1 – Hunter Holland; Monkey 2 – Tysen Grinde; Monkey 3 – Xander Lewis; Monkey 4 – Logan Brumm; Monkey 5 – Noah Blackburn; Scarecrow – Trae Ronan; Tin Woodman – Addyson McHugh; Cowardly Lion – Dane Edgington; Doorman – Caleb Griffin; and Wizard of Oz – Ty Cleven.