OBHS Musical Imagine Oz Rescheduled for March 25 & 27
After the fourth nor’easter blew through our area causing schools to close, Oyster Bay High School’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts has rescheduled its performances for the musical, Imagine Oz to Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets originally purchased for the March 23 evening performance are now good for the March 25 evening show. Tickets originally purchased for the March 24 evening performance are now good for the evening of March 27. Theatergoers who purchased tickets and are unable to attend, may request a refund or change their tickets by calling 866-811-4111.
Based on the iconic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the musical Imagine Oz, is a modern day version of the classic novel, setting the beloved characters and their stories to all the popular Beatles songs of the 1960s. The musical features hit songs such as Penny Lane, Here Comes the Sun and All You Need is Love, among many others, which are sure to have the audience singing along in their seats. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Ticket purchases and seat reservations can be made by visiting www.obenschools.org and clicking on the Imagine Oz icon to the right of the home page. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check payable to: Oyster Bay-East Norwich Extra Curricular Activities Fund.
According to Director Mr. Derrick Cobey, “There is at least one character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that each and every one of us can connect to. That coupled with the great music and lyrics of The Beatles, makes for one interesting, quirky and honest ride.”
K-12 Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor Mr. Peter Rufa, producer of the show, said, “The cast has been rehearsing and honing their acting, singing and dancing skills for weeks, and are excited to bring this production to life on stage.”
The cast includes Sarah Conway as Dorothy, Miriam Coor as Toto, Kayleigh Crawford as Auntie Em, Dante Castellano as Uncle Henry, Claudia Paolucci as Hunk/Scarecrow, Destini Gaeckler as Zeke/Cowardly Lion, Rachel Kowalsky as
Imagine Oz will take the stage on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm and Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm.
Hickory/Tin Man, Anabella Ballone as Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz, Ava Aschettino as Glinda, Alessandra Martorella as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch, Julia Sherbal as Nikko, Torin Aebly as OzDoorman/Guard, Arianna Chetram as Featured Singer, Muskan Kumar as the Mayor, Colette Kilfoil as the Coroner/Tree, Aurora Aschettino as the Barrister and Katherine Usaquen as the Apple Tree. Also in the cast as Featured Beatnicks are Torin Aebly, Giavanna Gerken, Muskan Kumar, Victoria Lattanzio, Cassandra Matthews, and Julia Sherbal. Featured Piggies include Jenna Cody, Eleni Katiforis, Michaela Lester, Paige Sweeney and Lauren Swezey.
Working just as hard to make the show a success is the stage crew, under the guidance of Ms. Maria Randazzo, assistant producer of the show; the pit orchestra under the baton of Mr. Michael Gianetta, Vocal Director Ms. Meagan Dissinger, Assistant Director and Choregrapher Ms. Teriann Chiappardi and Sound and Lighting Designer Mr. Glen Davis. In addition to playing the leading role, Sarah Conway lent her artistic skills to design the publicity poster and playbook cover.
“We invite you to take this magical journey down the yellow brick road with our students as they light up the stage with their talent,” Mr. Rufa added. “Many thanks to everyone involved for their hard work, expertise and support in bringing this fantastic production to our Oyster Bay High School stage.”