The Heath Elementary School joined other august institutions of learning like Yale University, Brandeis and Tufts (to name only a few) in working with the innovative Double Edge Theater in Ashfield, an international center for performance. collaboration and training. This year the production was an original adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
This all school performance that involved everyone from kindergarten munchkins and bees, to a very dramatic Wicked Witch of the West (is it possible she was only in 6th grade?) must have kept a large costume crew busy as bees, making clever costumes for 3 scarecrows, 3 tin men, 3 cowardly lions, crows, bees, monkeys? and many witches covering all the cardinal points of the compass – south, southwest, northeast, west . . .
By the time I took this photo the Munchkins and . . .
the guards , they were enjoying being a part of the audience, waiting to take their bow.
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the Horse of another color – even though it had shed its four legs.
Putting on a school play calls on collaboration between the arts, literature, theater, music, set and costume design and the creative skills to put flesh on a concept. It is a joy to see the confidence of the students who step forward to belt out songs, dance down the yellow brick road and buzz around, taking the spotlight and relinquishing the spotlight to others in turn.
Many thanks to all the many many parents, staff, and other volunteers who bring this richness to the school and to the broader community.