by Emily Bunsold
The theater program at Bellbrook High School has always put on entertaining shows throughout the years, but this year’s musical should be one for the books. This upcoming week, Bellbrook’s musical theater will be putting on “The Wizard of Oz.” Turning the timeless classic into a high school musical won’t be easy, but the students in the program are ready to take on the challenge. Having done past musicals like “Cinderella” and “Once Upon a Mattress,” filling big shoes is nowhere out of the norm for these theater pros. Opening night is Friday, April 25th, but the high school students of BHS get an exclusive preview. Underclassmen get to see it Wednesday, April 23, and upperclassman on Friday, April 25.
Abby Kress, a sophomore, will be portraying Glenda the Good Witch in the play, “I’m super excited to do a recognizable show. I think the student body will really enjoy seeing such a classic. The only concern I think we have is the fact that it is such a popular show, people have high expectations for how they think it should be interpreted.”
This musical also very special to many of the students and staff of the theater program because it will be the director Ms. Long’s last show. “Ms. Long is a wonderful director and has been working with the theater program longer than we’ve been alive. She knows what she’s doing and knows how to put on a show. BHS Theater will be very sad to see Ms. Long go, but we are very excited to welcome Ms. Brown as the head of the theater department,” Abby Kress adds.