Definitely Not in Mechanicville Anymore

Ruby red slippers, evil witches, flying monkeys, lions, scarecrows, and tin men, oh my! These are just some of the magical sights they will be appearing on the Paul M. Luther Auditorium’s stage this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School Drama Club invites the audience to come and enjoy the enchanted world of L. Frank Baum. After last year’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the Drama Club had decided on a stage adaptation of Baum’s seminal work, The Wizard of Oz. Both co-directors, art teacher Katie Dollard and seventh grade science teacher Nicole Marschilok were excited to see the finished production finally come together after many months of hard work and dedication.

“I’m excited about these amazingly talented and dedicated cast and crew members! They have worked very hard and we are all excited to present our interpretation of Frank Baum’s classic tale,” said Marschilok. “They re-finished the stage floor so we will be christening it!” she added.

Marschilok was not alone in her enthusiasm and excitement for the degree of work that everybody put into the project.

“I’m so excited about the play this coming weekend! It’s been a long time coming, we’ve been rehearsing since December, and the actors are just so phenomenal. The main cast is a group of very talented young actors who make my job as director so much easier,” said Dollard.

Dollard also shared one reason why the audience should be excited to see what will be included once the curtain rises on the students and the  land of Oz.

“I won’t be seeing much as I’ll be backstage on tech crew but I think the audience should be excited about seeing some great comedic acting, some really cool special effects and sound, and a great cast of characters!”

Showtimes for the play will be Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th at 7pm and Sunday the 14 at 2:30pm in the Paul M. Luther Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, while it will be free for children under four.

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