It may seem like a dream that summer is over.
But for 13-year old Ella Scott, 10-year old Alexus Brown and 10-year old JayLynn Todd, summer has been a dream come true.
The trio joined the Monticello Theatre Association for “The Wizard of Oz” Young Performers’ Edition. The group began preparing for the play, which runs from August 10-12 and August 17-19 at 1406 N. Market Street in Monticello.
Based on the 1939 blockbuster film, Dorothy and Toto as they meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road and go off to see the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to find Dorothy a way home, all while battling against the Wicked Witch of the West for her sister’s ruby slippers.
Scott, who participated in the Monticello Theatre Association’s production of “Annie” will play Mayor Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz.
She said that she wanted to rejoin the theatre this summer because she enjoyed working for director Sherrie Hildreth.
“I really like her and what she’s doing,” Scott said.
While Todd and Brown acted in a two-week summer production together, “The Wizard of Oz” is the first time in a full-length production.
“I really like theatre and I’ve always wanted to do something,” Brown said. “And when I auditioned here, I was hoping for whatever part I could get because I felt like acting and singing and music were really something I liked. It made me excited.”
Todd has watched her sister participate in theatre for three years now, and decided to join this summer on the suggestion of her mom.
A giggly girl who enjoys laughing, Todd will play the tree in the Tin Man’s forest. She said she’s working hard to get the part right.
“I’m supposed to be creepy, but with an audience, I smile,” she said. “I can’t stop smiling. I have to get used to the audience so I can be creepy.”
Brown is also working on perfecting her character, the Crow’s, signature caw.
And, over the summer, Scott has felt the pull to perfect her tiny character.
“My character is very open and excited and a mayor who is very good at talking to people, whereas I’m not the best at that.”
Despite their doubts and apprehension, Scott, Brown and Todd all agree that they are excited to perform in front of their family and friends over the next two weekends.
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