A feisty and inquisitive young girl, a fuzzy, curious little dog, and a certain relentless twister may catapult audiences into the mysterious world of Oz, but in Hingham Civic Music Theatre’s charming, family-friendly production of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ add the easy camaraderie between cast members and a few additional scenes not evident in the famous 1939 film adaptation and it becomes all the more intriguing.
Directed by Bill Boyer, musically directed by Eve Montague, and choreographed by Cat Umano, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a brilliant, musical tale about a girl launched into a mysterious new world, but always dreams of home. Classic musical numbers by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg include, ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard,’ ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Over the Rainbow.’ Check out the slideshow for a closer look at the cast!
Hingham Civic Music Theatre concludes its final weekend of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ musical Friday, May 1 and Saturday May 2 at the Sanborn Auditorium at Hingham Town Hall in Hingham, Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m. The final performance is a Sunday matinee on May 3 at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets or at the door and visit hcmt.org and more information!
From the first moment the intimate orchestra introduces the first familiar chords of the musical score, audiences are swept into the simple world of Kansas, framed with a familiar white picket fence, but with projected backdrops that add depth and dimension to each scene. As modest in Kansas as Oz is decadent, these sweeping graphics continue throughout the production.
The cast collectively work well together and it is easy to see they are truly enjoying themselves. Macy Hohenleitner as Dorothy is sweet, yet feisty, sinking her teeth right into the role. Macy is a high school sophomore and depicts Dorothy with a bit of angst in her walk, but with moments of dreamy hopefulness in the classic song, ‘Over the Rainbow.’ She and the cast establish an early rhythm and chemistry which is fun to watch, especially in her journey through Oz.
Brendan Smith as Scarecrow, Christian Hatfield as Tinman, and Brian Kenerson as Lion establish a wonderful chemistry together from their very first scene. Brendan Smith depicts Scarecrow with a lovably clumsy flair, navigating through scenes with an unassuming resourcefulness. Christian Hatfield portrays Tinman with an innate naiveté and gentle spirit, while scenes reveal lesser known facts about Tinman’s background. Brian Kenerson is charismatic and mischievous as Lion, most notably in the hilarious number, ‘If I Were King of the Forest,’ a number filled with improvisational comic moments.
Joel Leonard is a natural as the bumbling and enigmatic Wizard, his voice well-suited as consoling and commanding. Nicole Dirizza is a bustling and compassionate presence as Auntie Em while Frank Mellen portrays a fiercely practical Uncle Henry.
Jamie Becker portrays The Wicked Witch of the West with alarming zeal, stalking each character in the shadows, with a shrieking laugh that would invade any child’s imagination. She also delivers a balance to the character with moments of dry humor also not in the beloved film.
The costumes in Oz, by Kathryn Ridder, offer more shades of green than a Saint Patrick’s Day parade while many brightly-colored munchkin costumes depicts recognizable characters of the film. With strong choreography by Cat Umano, a wealth of children light up Oz as they portray munchkins, flying monkeys, and even poppies in an adorable way.
Glinda stands out with a “Bubblicious-pink” costume likened to Billie Burke’s gown from the film version. Tanya Capawana, who was impressive in the HCMT’s production of ‘The Sound of Music’ as the Baroness, captures Glinda’s signature breezy cheeriness.
See the mesmerizing world of Oz at the Sanborn Auditorium at Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street in Hingham, Massachusetts in its final weekend Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. A final matinee will be held on May 3 at 2 p.m.
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