Upper Arlington HS gets a piece of theater history for ‘Wizard of Oz’ production


WELCOME TOBACCO. — BACK. SOMETHING VERY EXCITING FOR CENTRAL OHIO. AT UPPER ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, IT’S ALL THANKS TO A VERY CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND A RENTAL COMPANY. STUDENTS THIS WEEK ARE FOLLOWING THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD THAT MICKEY ROONEY STOOD ON. THE WIZARD OF OZ IS A BIG PRODUCTION. UPPER AR LG — AR — ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL IS DOING IT IN A BIG WAY. FWL PROBABLY ANOTHER 26-FOOT BOX TRUCK WORTH OF COSTUMES AND ADDITIONAL ITEMS THAT MADE THEIR WAY HERE FROM THE PRODUCTION. ALL ORIGINAL FROM THE 1999 MADISON SQUARE GARDEN PRODUCTION AND ALL IN NEED OF A LITTLE LOVE. WE PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT AND ENERGY INTO — INTO SPRUCING THIS UP. JUST A LOT OF PAINTING AND NIP AND TUCKING HERE AND THERE JUST TO SHINE IT UP A LITTLE BIT FOR THE PRODUCTION. STUDENTS AND PARENTS ALL CHIPPED IN. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY FUN PROJECT. THEY’VE TWEAKED THE LIGHTING. FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, WE’VE BEEN JELLING ALL THESE LIGHTS TO GIVE US A MORE AUTHENTIC OLD-FASHIONED DRIVE. SET UP PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY GRAPHICS AND SOUND. THE SOUND EFFECTS ARE SO COOL. THE WHOLE BEHIND THE SCENES THING IS REALLY COOL. THEY’VE ALSO GOT PROFESSIONAL RIGGING. STUDENTS SPENT EIGHT HOURS LEARNING TO FLY. IS IT SCARY BEING 8 TO 10 FEET IN THE AIR? NO, IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I DID IT, BUT I’M KIND OF USED TO IT NOW. IT’S A LOT O TAKE ON, BUT THESE KIDS HAVE A LOT OF HART. I THINK OUR HIGH SCHOOL DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB OF PUTTING ON OUR MUSICALS SO I THINK WE CAN STEP UP TO THE OCCASION. I THINK IT’S COOL TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS AMAZING EXPERIENCE. IT REALLY TAKES COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE TO PUT ON THIS ENTIRE PRODUCTION AND SO IT — IT FEELS GOOD THAT WE HELPED A LITTLE BIT IN SOME ASPECTS. AND TAKE THE AUDIENCE BEYOND THE RAINBOW TO OZ. HOW COOL IS THAT? THAT’S REALLY COOL. I MEAN TO BE HIGH SCHOOL — A LOT OF THOSE KIDS WERE SENIORS, THE STARS OF THE PLAY. FOR THAT TO BE KWOUR — YOUR FINAL MUSICAL AND HAVE A SET AND COSTUMES. PRETTY AMAZING. A LOT OF BUZZ BEING CAUSED BY THIS. HERE ARE THE SHOW TIMES. THEY’VE GOT SHOWS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW, 7:30. THAT SUNDAY SHOW, A MATINEE, 2:30. AGAIN, CALL AND MAKE SURE. I THINK THAT ONE MAY BE DEFINITELY SOLD OUT. THE OTHER ONES, THEY ARE GETTING A LOT OF PEOPLE INTERESTED. IT’S ALREADY A POPULAR PRODUCTION ANYWAYS. ANY TIME YOU SEE THE WIZARD OF OZ,

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