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Martin Co. West visits ‘Oz’

November 15, 2012
Jenn Brookens - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

SHERBURN - They're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Martin County West's fall play takes on the classic musical this weekend at the Sherburn Theater.

"We have a lot of musical talent in this group," said faculty adviser Biny Claussen.

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NO?PLACE?LIKE?HOME?— Dorothy (played by Martin County West senior Noel Bjerken) prepares to say goodbye to the land of Oz during Wednesday’s dress rehearsal of “The Wizard of Oz” in Sherburn.

Claussen described the play - based on the classic story of Dorothy being swept away by a tornado to the land of Oz - as a "whirlwind" production.

"It has been a whirlwind with both our boys and girls cross country teams going to state, and our volleyball team going to state," she said. "We have some [actors] who are on the teams, and some that are in pep band. But they all worked around it."

In a cast and crew of about 30 students, more than half are seniors.

"They've been great mentors for the younger crew," Claussen said.

Claussen also had some helping hands from Martin County West grad Alaina Helmstetter, who is the accompanist for the play, and teachers Rick and Connie Stenson and Kaylie Houge. Houge also is credited for bringing her Yorkshire Terrier, Deuce, to the role of Toto.

"He is the best actor dog," Claussen said of working with a live animal in the play. "We've dubbed him the best dog actor in Martin County."

The human starring roles include senior Noel Bjerken as Dorothy, junior Jake Helmstetter as the Scarecrow, junior Sam Baker as the Tin Man, and senior Chandler Koehler as the Cowardly Lion. Glenda the Good Witch is played by senior Dani Cagle and the Wicked Witch is played by senior Megan Suter.

Performances of "The Wizard of Oz," will be at the Sherburn Theater this weekend, with show times of 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.



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