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Jerome High School to present 'Wizard of Oz'

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Anthony DiCocco (left), Jonathan March and Meredith Post will be among the stars of Dublin Jerome High School's production of The Wizard of Oz. The production will be staged Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
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Jerome High School's upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz is going all out with fire, flying monkeys and a tornado.

The musical that closely follows the movie classic has a lot of bells and whistles, but the 175 students involved are up to the task, said director Patty Scott. The show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

The production with several elements has a lot of people working behind the scenes for the flying and fire. "We have about 50 techies overall," Scott said.

The show will also include 48 Dublin elementary and middle school students as munchkins as well as a live dog to play Toto.

"We used the first people to volunteer their dog," Scott said. "It's the best trained."

As Dorothy, junior Meredith Post often works with Toto, who is played by Thunder.

"I've never worked with animals," she said. "It's a lot harder. You have to be concerned with what they're doing.

"At each rehearsal we're learning more and training him more."

Luckily, Post considers herself a dog person.

"I have a dog at home," she said.

Along with a live canine, Post also gets to take flight in the show.

"For the tornado Dorothy flies. She's spun around like in a tornado," she said. "I've never done it before, but I'm definitely excited for it."

Scott said all the students that get to fly during the production are excited and Catherine Wilsbacher, who plays the Wicked Witch is no exception.

"I'm excited," she said. "I always like airplanes so I think it'll be really cool to be able to fly."

Wilsbacher said she can normally be found working behind the scenes.

"Usually I do tech," she said. "Last year was my first year in a show."

A chance to play the villain of the show was too good to pass up, though.

"I like it because I get to play more of a character," Wilsbacher said. "I get to be over the top."

With many stunts and visual effects, the audience will be entertained, Wilsbacher said, naming the pyrotechnics or her own death scene her favorite.

"There are lots of lights and screaming and fog," she said, of the witch's demise. "The death scene is cool, but everything is pretty cool."

Post said her favorite scene involves a blacklight dance number.

"It's part of the jitterbug scene," she said. "Everything will be intense."

Scott agreed. "It's really spectacular," she said. "The costumes glow."

Tickets to Jerome's production of The Wizard of Oz are $10 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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