Complete with flying monkeys, drama students at Temperance-Kutner Elementary School presented their live-theatre spring performance of “The Magical World of Oz” earlier this month. Thirty-eight students between fourth and sixth grade demonstrated their technical abilities as well as their acting, singing and dancing skills.
School audiences were entertained by two morning performances and the public enjoyed two evening shows, the last being Friday, April 5, amid rave reviews. Admission was free.
Auditions began in the fall for the annual spring musical, which changes each year. First- grade teachers, Patti Clark (Director) and Kari Smith (co-director) work with many students for whom English is a second language.
“I was so proud of them!” said Clark. “For many, this was their first experience with the theatre and they get it! The performances were amazing.”
“The set, the costumes…directing the students, everything is amazing,” said parent Cadee Esparza. “I have been to several other elementary school drama productions and this is on a whole different level. It truly is amazing what they do. The kids are so supportive of each other and excited to perform. It is truly a phenomenal thing to watch.”
The community comes together to assist with costumes, lights, props, stage design, and make-up.
And the flying monkeys? One of them suddenly became ill and the scene needed to be re-choreographed immediately, something that could rattle even a seasoned performer.
The remaining flying monkeys came up with a creative solution that saved the day.
“The kids are wonderful, kind and supportive of each other,” said Clark. “They understand doing something for the good of the show.”