Hayden students perform the “Wizard of Oz” on Thursday at the high school.

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Hayden students perform the “Wizard of Oz” on Thursday at the high school.

Hayden High School students present ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Musical play shows today and Saturday at Hayden High School

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What: “The Wizard of Oz,”

presented by Class Act Productions

When: 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hayden High School auditorium, 495 E. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden

Cost: $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 3 to 12, free for children ages 2 and younger

Call: 276-3756

— A strobe light and windy sound effects transported a full auditorium from Hayden High School to Oz on Thursday, as Class Act Productions presented its rendition of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The production uses two scripts for “The Wizard of Oz,” the classic story of a girl far from home. Director and Hayden Valley Elementary School second-grade teacher Kathy Deepe said she’s always loved the story of “Oz” and that the setting offers roles for all her third- to 11th-grade actors.

Class Act presents “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hayden High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children ages 2 and younger. The Thursday performance was a matinee for Hayden elementary and middle school students.

Hayden Middle School sixth-grader and “Wizard of Oz” Cowardly Lion Dylan Reedy said that like the other students featured in the play, he’s enjoyed the chance to become a fantastic character.

“It’s your imagination coming to life,” Dylan said.

“The Wizard of Oz” is the first Class Act musical production, said Hayden High School junior Jake Rosendale, who plays the Scarecrow. The popular songs from the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland are there, along with a few twists on audience favorites, Rosendale said.

Anna Jones, a Hayden High School freshman playing Glinda, said her oversized pink costume and opportunity to play “such a happy, frothy person” were highlights of her experience with the production.

Jones also was happy to be starring alongside close friend Ashley Otto, who plays Doro­thy. New to singing, Otto said she’s taken on the challenge of solo numbers such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Debbie Schumacher, a third-grade teacher at Hayden Valley Elementary School who is playing the Wicked Witch of the West, said “Oz” is the first play she’s acted in since high school. After being convinced to join the show by Deepe, who teaches in the classroom next door, Schumacher said she has enjoyed working with the mostly student-led cast.

“Some of my third-graders are in it and I think they’re excited to be in a different venue with me,” Schumacher said.

“Oz” is the seventh Class Act production, Deepe said. Offering a chance for students to get a different kind of spotlight and a boost of self-confidence, the plays involve dozens of students and community volunteers. Class Act started as a dramatic outlet for Deepe’s second-grade students and has grown into the multi-school effort that produced “Oz,” Deepe said.

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