For the second straight year, the Van-Far R-I School District presented a musical production which featured costumes, acting, and a showcase to show off student singing and acting abilities this past weekend.
This year, audiences on Friday and Saturday enjoyed the performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”
They enjoyed a large cast of characters that included elementary students through 12th grade who entertained us with several scenes from the classic production that’s more than 75 years old.
Some of the featured talent included Autumn Brookshier (Dorothy), Colin Wilburn (Scarecrow, Farm Hand), Jayson Orr (Tin Man, Farm Hand), Anthony Cole (Cowardly Lion, Farm Hand), Makayla Vigial (Glinda the Good Witch), Abbey Robinson (Wicked Witch of the West), Ashley Stanich (Tornado Ninja, Jitterbug, Ozian), Jade Young (Aunt Em, Jitterbug, General, Ozian), and Micaella Love (Assistant Director, Make-up Artist, Choreographer.)
The musical was under the direction of Jenniffer Hanson.
This long introduction is a prelude to me publicly congratulating the entire cast, volunteers, school district, sound guys, and all other supporters on their efforts with this production.
It was entertaining, funny, engaging, and enjoyable to watch.
I’m just so glad that Van-Far, through the direction of Mrs. Hanson, has put an effort in celebrating the arts.
In so many schools today, dramatic productions and/or Drama classes are just no longer in the plans for districts.
All types of clubs and sports are offered but typically no emphasis is placed on dramatic productions and it’s unfortunate. Of course, it takes a teacher with drive and perseverance to be willing to take on such a large responsibility.
Mrs. Hanson has done that and should be commended for her hard work over the past couple of years. If you see her or any of the participants from the production this past weekend, be sure to thank them and congratulate them for their hard work.
Perhaps I’m being selfish, but the more we give them praise, the more likely we are to enjoy another production in the future.