Regina Is Off to See The Wizard!

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Regina Is Off to See The Wizard!

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Isabel Hook, Staff Reporter

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The Regina Dominican 2020 fall musical “The Wizard of Oz “directed by Mr. Pligge, choreographed by Ms. Valadez, and technically designed by Mr. Jones was a hit. The leads in the play included seniors Maya Cornejo as Dorothy, Nicolette Anichini as the Scarecrow, Kristen O’Connor as the Tin Man, Nora Clancy as the Lion, Katie Couture as the Wicked Witch of the West, Ciara McNeill as the Oz Guard, and sophomore Vanesa Hoxha as Glinda, the good witch.

The cast, crew, and orchestra totaled a whopping 71 members. The entire cast delighted audiences with a wonderful performance.

Scarecrow Nicolette Anichini said, “My favorite part about playing the scarecrow is how the character relates to me and I enjoyed wearing my favorite pair of shoes – my fila’s.”

The musical opened up with Dorothy (Maya Cornejo) and Toto, played by Ms. Valadez’s dog, Reggie. Toto bites the menacing Miss Gulch in the leg resulting in Miss Gulch’s taking little Toto from the family to have it euthanized. Dorothy, naturally upset, sings the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Toto escapes Miss Gulch’s clutch and returns to Dorothy.

Afraid of losing Toto a second time, Dorothy and Toto run away. After meeting a fortune-teller who peers into his crystal ball and tells Dorothy that the crystal shows an older woman crying and looking out to the landscape. Dorothy realizes it is her Auntie Em, so she heads back to her house.

Unfortunately, Dorothy makes it back home while a tornado is hitting the Kansas farm. Dorothy is hit in the head by a flying object and she finds she and her house swirling in the eye of the tornado. Soon the house lands and she is transported into a magical land far over the rainbow called Munchkinland.

Luckily, Dorothy meets the beautiful and good witch Glinda along with the town of munchkins who are all ecstatic because Dorothy’s house had landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, instantly killing her.

The munchkins proceed to sing “Ding, Dong! The Witch is Dead!” The euphoria is cut short upon the arrival of the even meaner Wicked Witch of the West, who now wants vengeance on Dorothy for killing her wicked sister. However, Glinda magically transfers the ruby slippers from the dead witch unto Dorothy’s feet, giving her mysterious powers.

The munchkins quickly tell Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City where she can ask the Wizard of Oz to help her get back home to Kansas.

On her way to Emerald City, Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion who also want something from the Wizard. The three individuals sing for their desires: “If I only had a Brain”, “If I only had a Heart”, and “If I only had the Nerve.” The wicked witch sets a trap, and as they travel through a poppy field, they fall asleep interfering with their journey to the Wizard. Glinda, though, is watching them and makes it snow waking up them up.

Following the intermission, the show returns with the “Merry Old Land of Oz”, where the Oz Guard and Ozians welcome Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Lion into Oz.

The Wizard of Oz tells the four that he will grant their wishes if, and only if,  they can bring to him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West. In the meantime, the wicked witch sends her monkeys and jitterbugs to bring them back to her, so she can kill them. During Jitterbug, we see a rambunctious dance with the lead jitterbug, Ashley Richards, ’20. The monkeys attack the group and capture Dorothy.

The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion find a way to get into the castle and they find Dorothy and try to escape, the witch threatens to burn the Scarecrow. Quick thinking Dorothy throws a bucket of water at Scarecrow, but water splashes on the witch and quickly melts her.

Back at Oz, they give the Wizard his broom. He, in return, grants each of their wishes, but Toto jumps out of the air balloon just before they are to fly back to Kansas; thus, Dorothy and Toto miss their chance.

Thankfully, Glinda appears and explains to Dorothy that she has the power to get back home simply by tapping her ruby slippers together and saying the words, “There is no place like home.”

Dorothy is back home in Kansas and all of her family and friends are there to welcome back with that simple message that there isn’t any place over the rainbow that is better or more loving than home!

The play included dancing and singing and acting by the top-notch cast and crew.  A live orchestra of Regina students set the musical pace of this outstanding production. The show was performed to large crowds on both Friday and Saturday night.

All in all, the play and little Toto were a hit and the audience happily followed the cast down the yellow brick road!

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