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Watford City High School Performs the Wizard of Oz March 9, 10


February 7, 2018 | View PDF

Pictured are Watford City High School drama students that attended the state drama meet in November. Back row: Anna Schwartz (director), Carter Zenz, Dakota Anne Sipe, Zanna Lyon, Ethan Kobos (not in Wizard of Oz), Emily Taylor (director). Front Row: Zach Wahus, Olivia Gronos, Iida Lehto. (Photo submitted)

Dorothy and Toto will find themselves at Watford City High School on March 9th and 10th for the Drama Club's spring musical performance.

The Wizard of Oz follows the classic story of Dorothy and her dog Toto, who are taken to the magical land of Oz by a tornado. They follow the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City, searching for the Wizard who they believe will take them home. Along the way, they meet the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West, and the Good Witch. The group must defeat the Wicked Witch and bring her broom to the Wizard to earn his help.

The performance will follow closely to the movie plot, appealing to a multi-generational audience. "We wanted to do a larger and more well-known show. It exposes this classic that parents grew up with to a younger generation," said Drama Club Director Anna Schwartz.

The performance will feature student actors from the Drama Club, ranging from elementary students through high school seniors, directed by Emily Taylor. "Emily Taylor is a paraprofessional at our school and she's also the head director of this musical. She has her Masters in theater so we're really glad to have her as part of our team. She's done an outstanding job," said Schwartz.

Taylor is excited to be a part of the production. "I have had a love and passion for theatre since I was their age, so it is fun for me to be a part of their beginning theatre career. The Wizard of Oz is such a fun play, and I think it will be interesting to see the audience's reactions to some of my choices that may be a little different from what they are expecting," said Taylor.

Schwartz, Taylor, and music co-director Mike Housel have turned the production into a series of three full events, complete with music and dinner. Friday, March 9th is "date night", featuring live music by the Watford City High School Jazz Band, as well as a flower bar, where guests can custom build a special bouquet for a date or cast member from a selection of fresh-cut flowers. Plated dinner will be served before the show, where guests can choose between chicken or salmon, side dishes and salad, and a choice of two "mocktails", non-alcoholic mixed beverages, and dessert. On Friday, dinner is served at 5:00, the house opens at 6:30, and the curtain opens at 7:00.

Saturday, March 10 offers two shows. Saturday brunch begins at 11:00, featuring scrambled eggs, sausage, a waffle bar, juice and coffee. The house opens at 12:30 and the show begins at 1:00. Dinner will be served homestyle at 5:00, offering pot roast, baked potatoes, sides and desserts. The house opens at 6:30 and the show begins at 7:00.

All times are Central Standard.

Meal and show package tickets are limited to 150 people per meal, and prices are forthcoming, so reserve early. Show only tickets are available for $12 per adult, and $10 for students and children. Cash and check are accepted as payment. Tickets can be reserved by calling 701-444-3624 extension 2. Please leave a voicemail with number of tickets (dinner or no dinner), name and performance of choice and a contact number. Guests can also email ticket reservations to All shows and meals are located at the Watford City High School Auditorium, at 2313 Wolves Den Parkway, in Watford City.


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