Shepard is off to See the Wizard

 Every year at Shepard, two theater performances are presented.  The first is the fall musical and the second is the spring play.  While the spring play doesn’t come until the second semester, the fall musical opens today.


           The Fall Musical this year is the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”. 

The Shepard cast includes Avalyn Krastin as Dorothy, Lena Werner as Glinda, Cassadie Comiskey as Auntie Em, Trinity Zak as Scarecrow, Judi Levine as the Tin Man (woman), Max Szykowny as Lion, Lexi Tischer as the Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch, and Ryan Rankin as Wizard/Professor Marvel. 

This year’s musical is actually historical. It is the first production by new music teacher Roland Hatcher.Hatcher replaced longtime teacher Michael Fallon.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ is about a young girl named Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who land in the imaginative world of ‘Oz’ after a tornado hits her hometown in Kansas.

While on her journey to get back home, she meets the Scarecrow who lacks a brain. Next on the journey Dorothy meets the Tin Man or in this case the tin (woman)  who needs a heart. The Lion, who lacks courage, is last to join the group. without courage. 

Dorothy and  the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion, journey through Oz to the Emerald City to get their wishes. On the way the encounter several obstacles. One of those is the Wicked Witch of the West. They must  avoid her the Wicked wrath and hunger for revenge.

The show itself is a whimsical tale with many important messages and themes.  Director Roland Hatcher stated “I want kids to be able to enjoy the musical and teens to connect with the characters that made such a big impact; even back when it first came out.” 

The musical will debut at Shepard on November 7th, 8th and 9th, in the FAC. You’re off to the Wizard! The wonderful Wizard of Oz!

The play schedule is as follows:

Thursday Nov. 7th show at 7:00pm

Friday Nov. 8th show at 7:00 pm

Saturday Nov. 9th shows at 2:00 pm and 7:00pm