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Students at the Pownal Elementary school rehearse the Magical Land of Oz, which will debut on Friday.

POWNAL >> On this Friday and Saturday nights, the students of Pownal Elementary School will take members of the community on a journey to "The Magical Land of Oz."

Both showings of the annual play will take place at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. There will be an all-school performance for students on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. The play is being directed by Ron Ray, of Oldcastle Theatre Company, and Kathy Brooks, third grade teacher. The music director for the production is second grade teacher Clari Derosia, and the assistant director is title teacher Cathy Greenwald. The backdrop was designed by Mary Natalizia, and the costumes by fourth grade teacher Karel Holcomb. Props were made by Ben Ferguson and Jen Morgan.

A condensed, one-act musical version of L. Frank Baum's famous story, the script was written by Tim Kelly and the music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur.

Dorothy will be played by Raegan Joly. She'll be joined in her journey to meet the mysterious Wizard of Oz by her dog, Toto, played by Margaret LaBatt, a scarecrow, played by Alexa Gerow, a tin woodsman, played by Silas Rella-Neill, and a cowardly lion, played by George Gratton. Glinda the Good Witch will be played by Kalie Marlow, while the Wicked Witch will be played by Autumn Hayes. Oz himself will be played by Eli LaBatt, while Aunt Em will be portrayed by Leah James. Boq, Toq, and Loq, three major citizens of Munchkin Country, are played by Isela Otero, Gwen Gardner, and Jasmine Bushee.


The play also features an extensive cast of minor characters, including Munchkins, played by Morgan Lindsay, Jillian Bushee, Anja Wellspeak, Patriccia Belanger, Lauren Austin, Chloe Campbell, Brianna Fetzer, Areanna Cummings, and Daniel Wellspeak; Poppies, played by Aurora Rella-Neill, Chloe Campbell, Brianna Fetzer, and Daniel Wellspeak; Monkeys, played by Leah Smith, Brianna Fetzer, Areanna Cummings, Ben Krawczyk, and Koen Gosselin; Trees played by Morgan Lindsay, Leah Smith, and Breanna Tatro; and guardians played by Leo Herbert, Breanna Tatro, and Leah Smith.

At dress rehearsal on Wednesday, Ray and Brooks continued to work with the students down to the final minutes, making small corrections and encouraging them. Parents and community members will be able to see the results of their hard work this weekend.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.