'Wizard of Oz' to cast its spell at Hendricken this weekend

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The Bishop Hendricken Arts group will stage their rendition of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Harrop Theater this weekend for the first time in the school’s history.

Theater Director Richard Sylvia, in his eighth year as Director of Arts, has utilized a plentitude of resources to compile nearly 100 members of the cast and crew for the show. The cast includes 40 high school students as well as 20 students in grades three to five from St. Kevin, St. Peter and St. Rose of Lima Schols, who will be playing the munchkins in the production.

Emily Fielding will play Dorothy and Madeline Morin will play the Wicked Witch of the West, while Hendricken freshman Sean Ryan and seniors Nicholas Bullock, Carlin Fournier and Brendan Lawrence will portray the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Wizard of Oz, respectively. Kate Fitzgerald plays the role of Glinda, while Victoria LeBlanc will be Auntie Em and Dominic DaSilva counters her as Uncle Henry.

The stage managers for the show are both Hendricken students, with senior Tim Mattias as stage manager and sophomore Christopher Cox as assistant stage manager.

Sylvia brought in a professional, Josh Cristofferson, a technical director at Trinity Rep, to design the set for the show.

Currently, the Sunday show is completely sold out, but tickets for all shows can be purchased online, by phone between 9 and 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday or in person at the box office, located next to the theater, for two hours before each show.

The show will run five times total, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

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