Students ready to fly in Wizard of Oz performance


WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Whitesboro High School's opening night of The Wizard of Oz is Wednesday. Tuesday students took part in a dress rehearsal where the costumes and lines weren't the only focus, the students were also practicing their flying.

Dorothy is not in Kansas anymore or even using the typical special effects for a Whitesboro High School play. She along with other Wizard of Oz cast members will be flying across the stage for their Wednesday through Saturday performances.

"We have a monkey that will be doing forward and backward flips in the air and there is one scene in the haunted forest where the monkey will be picking up Dorothy and two students will be fling in the air at the same time," said Musical Director Jane Beck.

Beck says it's a first for the school, but will be safe. The students will be in harnesses and flown by teachers and a flying director specially in from California for the shows.

"I flew , I flew last week when they came, I put the harness on, they lifted me up and i was flying," said Beck. "Its very easy you have to get used to it."

After 33 years of teaching The Wizard of Oz show will be Beck's last. She hopes it will make her and the many seniors in the cast go out with a bang and that arts programs like it stay.

"These kids are lucky, because we don't know what's to come down the pipe here especially with the way things are in the state of New York and the country," said Beck. "So they're very lucky, it might be the last show you never know."

The show will take place in Whitesboro High School's auditorium Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm. Saturday will be a matinee performance at 2 pm. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. Saturday morning from 10:30 to noon will be a special meet and greet for the cast.

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