The third MSU Summer Theatre show of the season opens tonight.
Hannah Davis visited the last rehearsal to bring us a sneak peek.
“Summer Theatre is a family tradition, in Minot, right. We’ve been here fifty-something -fifty-two years, as long as I’ve been alive, and it’s all about family. And I think that the Wizard of Oz is about family. And when Dorothy says she wants to go home, she’s really talking about her aunt and uncle. Not the farmhouse, right.” said Michelle Spencer Davidson, Director.
The cast and crew have been hard at work these last few weeks.
“Summer Theatre is a whole different animal than normal theatre. It’s fast. You have a very short amount of time and long rehearsals in order to get something ready.” said Aaron Michels, Zeke / Cowardly Lion.
“Wizard of Oz is very big. It has a lot of magic in it, that can be kind of hard to do on Summer Theatre’s stage. And so we’ve had to come up with creative solutions for how to take care of that.” said Michelle Spencer Davidson, Director.
But it’s not all hard work and no play.
“It’s definitely super fun to get to know everybody and, like, people are coming from different states to perform in these shows. And it’s super cool to, like, be a part of something way bigger than myself.” said Annabelle Barcomb, Ensemble.
Even if you’ve seen the movie a million times, with live theatre each performance is unique.
“Live is -there’s nothing like it. You never know exactly what’s going to happen. Each show might be a tiny bit different. And you get to interact.” said Aaron Michels, Zeke / Cowardly Lion.
Although putting on a show can be stressful for everyone, it’s all worth it in the end.
“Theatre is fun. You know. Being in front of people, letting them laugh or cry or sing along with you. It’s good for an actor to feel that.” said Aaron Michels, Zeke / Cowardly Lion.
In Minot, Hannah Davis, KX News.
The Wizard of Oz begins tonight at eight thirty.
The show runs June 27th through July 3rd.
To make a reservation call (701) 858-3228.