Theatre rings in Wizard success

Published 12:02 am Saturday, August 13, 2016

The recently completed summer production of St John Theatre’s, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ was truly a community effort, organizers said.

Contributors included a cast and crew of more than 60, a host of volunteers, 38 first-time participants and 14 musicians comprising the orchestra.

Many local businesses and individuals supported the effort by donating funds to offset the cost of costume rentals and theatrical backdrops. More than 2,300 people saw the seven performances and were treated to an evening of flashing lights, loud noises, sparks, winds and of course beautiful music.

This was director Mike Brooks’ first time directing the summer show, although he has directed 10 previous shows at St John Theatre. His staff was led by Kristen Brooks as choral director and Lauren Snowdy as choreographer.

Maddie Millet was the Judy Garland look alike and sound alike Dorothy who wowed audiences with her cuteness, charm and voice.

St John Theatre is a nonprofit that serves two or three productions of its own, as well as the home to several dance recitals, school and religious productions each year.