Arts & Entertainment

Somers Middle School Drama Club is Off to See the Wizard!

7053073d2f3b5208cd1b_48078.JPG
f8b7a61217808b22fddd_48080.JPG
40bc213ce49cc6af6b1c_48081.JPG
6bcc7358ca34480a36a8_48082.JPG
7053073d2f3b5208cd1b_48078.JPG

SOMERS, N.Y. - While the Somers Middle School Drama Club students are gearing up to portray the tiny residents of Munchkin Land in an upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz,” there is nothing small about them. At 91-members strong, this is one of the largest casts to perform on the middle school stage in school history. And they’ve put the show together quickly.

Typically, the club has a six-month window before opening night, said Jamie Guest, Drama Club president. This year, the cast and crew had just one month to prepare; rehearsals began in January and the show opens Thursday, Feb 9. However, Guest said that the production is coming together nicely and to accommodate the large group, the four-show run will be split between two casts: the “Emerald” group and the “Rainbow” group.

Guest will portray Dorothy in the Emerald group’s performances. Unlike her character, who finds herself displaced in the magical world of Oz, Guest is right in her element. Now in eighth grade, she has been in every school production since grade six.

Sign Up for E-News

The story’s hopeful and adventurous story of exploring new territory is something Guest thinks audience members will enjoy navigating with the actors, and is as relatable as ever.

“It’s very upbeat,” she said.

Maryanne Martabamo, one of the parents involved with the production, agrees that the young cast punctuates the childlike wonder that 12-year-old Dorothy experiences as she moves through the dreamy Emerald City.

“Because it’s done by young adults, it gives [the audience] a sense of being a child again,” she said, adding that she believes the show will evoke the same “good feeling” as the Technicolor 1939 classic beloved by generations.

She did tease that their version strays from the film’s script, offering a few surprise numbers; however, audiences can expect to see all of their favorite characters for the price of $10 per ticket.

The Emerald cast will perform Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., and the Rainbow cast will go on Friday, Feb.10, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. To buy tickets in advance visit somersmsm.seatyourself.biz.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Somers

The Feline Night Stalker

Shades of the late Darren McGavin! If you liked the ‘70s horror shows on TV, you knew him as Kolchak, crime reporter, in the series “The Night Stalker.”

It seems that I have a night stalker living with me. My kitty, Bonnie, had her 18th birthday in April and I’ve noticed some subtle changes in her behavior. Up until that time, Bonnie would sleep on my bed at night. She ...

Hitting the road, Part II

Welcome back to our little trip across these great United States. We left off somewhere on Route 90, heading out of Cleveland.

So glad to have you following along, and frankly, if you’re following I’m just glad you’re not the cops. On the way to Chicago I found myself driving 70 miles an hour, which made the police quite angry, since the speed limit was 75. 

When ...

Sabotaged by the DMV

After living in Manhattan for the last few years, my grandson, Chris, and my wonderful grand-daughter-in-law, Silvia, have decided to move back to his hometown of Westfield, N.J. Silvia has just returned from a four-day visit with her parents in Hong Kong and they are bunking with my daughter, Lisa, while preparing their new home. Because they now have a daily commute to the city, I decided to ...

Do it badly!

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly, at least to start. 

As a recovering perfectionist, I have learned to get started on a project even if I don’t have all the pieces together. Sometimes just puttering, tinkering or moving the parts around will help me sort out my brain enough to give me an idea of how to tackle a project.  

I can’t tell you how many times ...

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

Social media recently showered a lot of likes and love on a high school pitcher in Minnesota whose team was playing in a regional final that would send the winning team to the state championship game.

After the last batter of the game struck out, the pitcher did something unheard of. Rather than spontaneously join his teammates in an on-field celebration, as is customary, the pitcher ...

Packing Heat

“Are you leaving me?” asked my husband one night as he surveyed the contents of my closet on our bed.

“What? No!” I said. “Why would you think that?”

“Every single article of clothing you own is laid out on our bed,” he replied. “So I have to assume you are either leaving me or you have joined the armed services and if that’s the ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4f42efe6b0ff53354df3_postcard_kickballside

Thu, June 21, 6:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

2018 Kickball Registration is Open! Meet, Greet ...

Carousel_image_ac458cf35e59e7e799ad_postcard_bocceside

Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

BOCCE OPEN PLAY

Sports

Carousel_image_ac458cf35e59e7e799ad_postcard_bocceside

Tue, June 26, 1:00 PM

Yorktown Heights

BOCCE OPEN PLAY

Sports

Excited for Somers Block Party June 30

June 20, 2018

Hello Somers:

The Town is excited this year to partner with the Somers Lions Club, Somers Chamber of Commerce and Sebastian Capital to offer a new kind of Independence Day celebration, at a new location, starting a new tradition with the 2018 Somers Block Party on June 30.

The Block Party will take place at Sebastian Capital’s 1 Pepsi Way property (across from King Kone) with gates ...