SPOTLIGHT: The Wizard of Oz

Lincoln High School presents the Wizard of Oz on Nov. 15,16, & 17 at the LHS auditorium.  This weekly profile details the musical through the prospective of student actors/actresses.

This week:  Dorothy and the Wizard!

  • DSC_0393Dorothy – Marina Thetford

Coming off of a year in which she took home the Henry Mancini Award for Outstanding Female in a Supporting Role as Cosette in Les Miserables, Marina stars as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.  The lead  role showcases the many talents of the actress, who will appear in her third consecutive musical. Marina’s performance as the main character will truly take over the show, and keep everyone in attendance mesmerized and enthusiastic.

Why did you go for the Dorothy role?
Everyone aspires to be lead.  It is a fun role, and a dream come true.  The story is preposterous, which makes it even more fun.

What is the best part about being Dorothy?
It is so much fun.  I love animals, and I get to have a dog!  I go through all of the extremes as Dorothy, which makes it really fun to play the part.

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
The Lion, because he is so funny!  He is very strong, but doesn’t realize it.  And, of course, his songs are very fun.

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
I love the “Merry Old Land of Oz” scene.  It captures the happy spirit of the show.

In what other musical would you most like to play a role?
Phantom of the Opera.  Christine sings really high, which seems like it would be a lot of fun.  There are not many shows like it, in that it is dramatic and deep.

  •  DSC_0396The Wizard of Oz – Andrew Short

From playing Foster Wilson in 2011’s Annie Get your Gun and Farmer/Revolutionary in Les Miserables, to his acting in his biggest role yet as the Wizard of Oz, Andrew Short aims to steal the show in 2013.  The main characters seek the Wizard throughout the entire performance, as he is the star attraction in Munchkin Land.  Andrew’s role creates a whirlwind of imagination, and should captivate audiences.

What made you want to be the great Wizard of Oz?
I can really be myself while acting as the Wizard.  I like the aspect of reading my lines as myself.

How are you and your character alike?
Like me, he makes up stories, and he is quick on his feet.

What other character(s) would you like to be, and why?
The Tin Man.  He is just a really cool character.

What is your favorite scene to perform, and why?
The flying scene for sure.  There are amazing theatrical effects.

What will the audience enjoy most about your performance?
I’d say the theatrical effects.  There are going to be some great ones.

Tickets are on sale now for “The Wizard of Oz.”

Adults: $12
Students: $10
Seniors: $10
Saturday Matinee Show: $6 all ages

Showings:Friday, Nov. 15 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – 2PM and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17 – 2 p.m.

For more information, please call Lincoln High School at 724-752-1591 Ext. 3002.  Check out the full story here.

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