The St. Helena High School Drama Department presents “The Wizard of Oz,” in all its fantastical glory, at the Lincoln Theater for two weekends — March 7-9 and. 14-16.
Under the direction of Patti Coyle, a cast of 40 actors in St. Helena Public Schools will collaborate to recreate a spectacular Broadway-style production of the American classic.
Craig Bond is musical director accompanied by the St. Helena Community Band.
Coyle came to St. Helena after 10-years performing, producing and directing theatrical events in New York City. As head of the drama department at St. Helena High since 2008, she has directed sold-out productions of “The Sound of Music,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Bond has been choral director for St. Helena Unified School District for 33 years, and now serves as director of the St. Helena Choral Society.
“Fifteen years ago, I was a cast member of The Wizard of Oz, at the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera where I proudly earned my entrance into the Actor’s Equity Association,” Coyle said. “I know, firsthand, how magical this show can be. On the year of the 75th anniversary release of the classic film, I am proud to present Oz with 40 cast members of all ages. This classic retelling is dedicated to the young and the eternally young at heart.”
“I am again grateful to our generous community for making it possible for my students to experience being part of a large musical in a professional theater. Our cast, made up of students from second to 12th grade, already feels like a family. I know this production will have lasting benefits for years to come.”
Written by L. Frank Baum, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” published in 1900 recounts the adventures of Dorothy Gale, a young girl from Kansas who finds herself in the Land of Oz.
“The Wizard of Oz” is the name of the 1902 Broadway musical as well as the 1939 film adaptation with Judy Garland.
For tickets and information, visit LincolnTheater.com.