Students from the Bourne Middle School are getting ready to take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road when they present the Young Performers’ Edition of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The show features enough students to fill out two different ensemble casts. They also rented the services of a professional stage flying company so some of the young actors will be up in the air as they take to the stage, director Rebecca Salgado said.
The cast also has two Dorothies — 8th grader Isabella Palumbo and 6th grader Trinh O’Doherty. There are four performances in total and each Dorothy has two performances.
When they are not playing Dorothy, the girls join the ensemble.
Isabella and Trinh both said that getting to see the show from the perspective of a principal role and as part of the ensemble has been a unique experience.
“It’s a big opportunity to play her,” Isabella said of her casting as Dorothy. “I’m so lucky that I’m able to.”
Trinh said that it is somewhat intimidating to play such an iconic character.
“No one is coming here and not knowing who Dorothy is,” she said.
Both Isabella and Trinh have been involved with theater since the 3rd grade.
During the show, Dorothy (as well as Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the flying monkeys, to name a few) will be flying above the stage with the help of the flying company. It has been working to make sure each flying actor is appropriately outfitted with harness gear, as well as working out how each effect will play out in performance.
“It’s really something when you’re out there and looking out at the audience while you’re 50 feet in the air,” Trinh said.
Eighth-grader Michael Murphy is no stranger to the stage they are using at Bourne High School. He played Flounder in “The Little Mermaid” when the school performed it in 2016. In this production, he gets to play the Tin Man and he said that he is excited for the role.
“It’s cool that I have the weirdest outfit,” he said. “I love my costume.”
His classmate, Michael Russo, is playing the Cowardly Lion. He said that he has been in the drama club for all four years of middle school. He said that in past years, the middle school performances were lax in terms of props and costumes, but that they have stepped up their game this year.
“This show is spectacular,” he said.
Seventh-grader Logan Broadway said that his surname is appropriate given his love for the theater. He said that he has been involved in acting and drama in some way since he was in 1st grade.
“They trusted us with a lot of responsibility,” he said of the show. “So far we haven’t let them down.”
He said the people working behind the scenes have done an incredible job making sure their props and costumes look great, as well as making sure that the actors who fly are able to do so safely.
“We’re going above and beyond,” he said.
Isabella said that they have all worked very hard as a cast to put together the incredible show that they have. She also said that Ms. Salgado deserves a lot of credit for all of the time and energy she has poured into the production.
“I think Ms. Salgado maybe sees us more than her child and husband,” Isabella said.
The Young Performers’ Edition of “The Wizard of Oz” will have performances today at 6 PM, Friday, June 7 tomorrow Saturday, June 8 at 1 PM and 6 PM, and on Sunday June 9 at 1 PM.
The show will be performed at the Beth Bourne Auditorium, located at Bourne High School.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at www.seatyourself.biz/bournemsdramaclub. Tickets will also be available at the door. All tickets are general admission and cost $5.