Howick Elementary School cycle three students followed the yellow brick road and brought down the house on April 27 with their bilingual interpretation of The Wizard of Oz.
Led by teachers Kirk Elsmore, Anny Auclair, and Alicia Demers, who teach music, drama, and art respectively, the students took part in every aspect of the production, from set design and costuming to sound engineering, lighting, and backstage management. Those on stage simply blew away the crowd with their poise as they delivered their lines while flawlessly switching between English and French.
The cast and crew featured 30 students, including Katelyn Woods and Angelina Tirapani-Kapasi as Dorothy, Russell Marshall as the Scarecrow, Chelsea Hodgson as the Tinman, Gabrielle Laliberté as the Cowardly Lion, Anastasya Mannella as Glinda the Good Witch, Cale Ednie as the Wicked Wizard of the West, and Jordan McIntosh as the Wizard of Oz.
“I am more than proud,” said principal Melanie Primeau, who was beaming with pride following the hour-long performance. She congratulated the students as well as the team of performing arts teachers who adapted and translated the script. Elsmore also took care of the music arrangements, which he played live while the students were on stage. (SR)