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Seymour High Schoolers Team With Kindergartners For ‘Wizard Of Oz’

by STAFF | Mar 6, 2018 7:06 am

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Posted to: Seymour, Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast

In this episode of ‘Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,’ reporter Eugene Driscoll interviews Seymour High School juniors Eliana Arroyo and Rachel Moon.

Eliana plays Auntie Em and Glinda in the upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Seymour High School.

Moon plays the Wizard, and is also serving as technical director.

The student-performers talk about balancing commitments, combating nerves, and what it’s like to work with 48 kindergarten students.

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“The Wizard of Oz” is scheduled for March 16 and March 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school on Botsford Road, and then again on March 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets — $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors — are available at

The production is being directed and produced by Seymour High School teacher Brandt Schneider. Seymour High School teacher Stephanie Ciccone is the assistant director. Teacher Darlene Keefe is supervising set and costume construction.

More than twenty other faculty members are volunteering to help.

The cast includes Seymour High School students . . .

Abby Andrade as Dorothy . . .

Bella Torri as the Wicked Witch . . .

Mike Starkey as the Scarecrow . . .

Phil Fioretti as the Lion . . .

Sophia Fioretti as the Tin Man . . .

Taylor Dauphinais is choreographing the production . . .

In all, 37 Seymour High School students are in the production. More than 40 students are involved behind the scenes, helping with everything from playbill design to set construction.

The high school students are being joined in the cast by 48 kindergarten students from Bungay Elementary School.

The younger students will perform as Munchkins, Poppies, Ozians, Monkeys and Winkies. Each high school student has been paired with a Bungay student to mentor.


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