Archive for Wednesday, July 19, 2000

Tonganoxie girls appearing in ‘Wizard of Oz’

July 19, 2000

After hours of singing, dancing, memorizing and practicing, two Tonganoxie girls are finally ready to perform.

Nicole Allen and Stacie Andrews have spent the last few weeks preparing for The Wizard of Oz musical at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Andrews, who will be a seventh-grader at Tonganoxie Junior High, said she was excited about the chance to perform the part of a poppy and a flying monkey in the musical.

"I love acting and doing musicals and putting on plays," she said.

Preparation for the production consisted of several hours of rehearsal.

"We have practice from one to five every afternoon for two weeks," Andrews said.

Even though the lead parts of the production required auditions, Allen said she didn't try out.

"I heard about it in the newspaper," she said. "I had already missed the auditions, but we called and I could still get little parts."

Allen said she will play a poppy, a citizen of Emerald City, a flying monkey and part of the human tornado. Even though she would have enjoyed playing one of the main roles, she said she was happy about getting a chance to sing.

"I love to sing," she said. "I like to get up and perform for people."

Allen, who will be a sixth-grader at Genesis Christian Academy, is not uneasy about performing in front of an audience.

"I've sang a couple of solos in our church and I used to take a singing class," she said.

The Wizard of Oz isn't Andrews' first experience in front of an audience, either.

"At St. Mary's College, I was a one of the workshop boys and one of Fagan's kids in Oliver," she said.

Despite the performing experience, Allen said she still had a tendency to get stage fright.

"I don't get nervous before the play, but when I have to sit there and wait for a line, I start thinking about it and I get really nervous," she said.

Andrews said the hard work has been worth it.

"It's fun to work on something and then you can finally do it and show everyone how hard you worked," Andrews said.

The Wizard of Oz will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth.

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