High school thespians hit the stage tonight

TECHNICOLOR STAGE QUEST — (SHS cast left to right) Martin Cervantes, Tinman, Emma Kannely, Scarecrow, Colton Morrow, Professor Marvel, Samantha Lyczewski, Dorothy Gale and Diamond Romero, Lion captivates the Washington Elementary School audience during dress rehearsal performance on Wednesday.

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TECHNICOLOR STAGE QUEST — (SHS cast left to right) Martin Cervantes, Tinman, Emma Kannely, Scarecrow, Colton Morrow, Professor Marvel, Samantha Lyczewski, Dorothy Gale and Diamond Romero, Lion captivates the Washington Elementary School audience during dress rehearsal performance on Wednesday.



— Theater lovers will have two great high school plays to attend this weekend – one in Sunnyside and one in Zillah.

Sunnyside High School Drama Department is presenting a perennial favorite “The Wizard of Oz” tonight (Friday), on the Sunnyside High School auditorium stage, 1801 East Edison Ave., at 7 p.m.

The play originally had been scheduled to open Thursday night but due to a football event scheduling change, the actors’ opening night was pushed to Friday, Director Cory Murphey said. The change gave his actors an extra day to have full dress rehearsals.

This week the cast has practiced with live audiences of elementary school children.

The play features a large cast with double casting of characters Dorothy Gale and the Elmira Gulch/Wicked Witch.

For tonight’s opening performance at 7 p.m. Jazmine Gonzales will play Dorothy and Emily Whittaker will be the Wicked Witch.

The pair will be back on stage together for the Nov. 3 evening performance, while the 2 p.m. matinee will feature Samantha Lyczewski as Dorothy and Claire Reid in the witch’s costume.

They will also be on stage in those roles for the Nov. 8 and 10 performances. Gonzales and Whittaker will be back in character on Nov. 9.

Also, in the lead roles is Emma Kannely as the Scarecrow, Tinman is Martin Cervantes, and Diamond Romero is the

Lion. Colton Morrow is the Wizard of OZ and Alicia Martinez is Glinda.

Th Uncle Henry is Nathan Contreras, and Aunt Em is played by Savannah Knight. Nayeli Obispo is Munchkin Mayor and Deangelo Hernandez is the Winkie General.

Rachel Turner is the Munchkin barrister and Kat Fernandez is Nikko. The ensemble of actors player the parts of munchkins, crows, apple tree, wild forest, poppies snow ozians, winkie soldiers flying monkeys and jitterbugs.

Tickets are on sale at the door.

Meanwhile on the Zillah High School ZCenter Stage, the drama department will present “The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe” at 7 p.m. at 1602 Second Avenue.

The cast, directed by Lynn Bryant, will also have a Saturday performance this week with additional performance on Nov. 8, 9, 10.

For tickets visit www.zcenterstage.com.

For more adult theatre contest, Central Washington University will present William Inge’s “Picnic” in the college’s Milo Tower Theatre, 400 East University Way, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and 15-17 with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 18. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets.

Meanwhile, the Valley Theater Company will hold auditions for the “I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Nov. 18 and 19 , from 7-10 p.m. at the Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave., Prosser.

Performances for the “very funny, very adult, very musical” play is scheduled in February.



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