2004-05-21 / Community

RTC Performs ‘Wizard Of Oz’ At Fort Tilden

RTC Performs ‘Wizard Of Oz’ At Fort Tilden


The Chorus and cast takes a bow with the adults who helped to stage the show.The Chorus and cast takes a bow with the adults who helped to stage the show.

Moms of children performing in the Rockaway Theatre Company’s Children’s Musical Theatre Workshop got an early Mother’s Day treat on May 8. The children performed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on the stage of Building T149 at Fort Tilden. The play is musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum classic.

Dorothy (Laura Cryan), the Scarecrow (Faye Peithman), the Tin Man (Hannah McHale), and the cowardly Lion (Emily Arikian) encountered many strange and interesting characters as they sang and danced their way down the Yellow Brick Road. They met Hocus and Pocus, played by real-life sister and brother Judith and Charlie Wanderer, and six singing munchkins played by Melanie Carter, Gabrielle Cohen, Nicole Mastangelo, Melanie Hirsch, Emily Arkian and Genna Tirado.

Elizabeth Vivino portrayed the Wicked Witch of The West, and sang "I’m Evil", an original score composed by Scott Battaglia. The Good Witch Glinda was played by Julianna Sebade and guided the travelers on their odyssey.

Upon reaching Oz, the travelers had to get past a very strict gatekeeper (Chris Tatsis) and the Wizard’s special assistants, Ozma and Ogma (Olivia Binger and Dianna Sturgis). When they finally met the powerful Wizard, the Scarecrow pointed out that that he bore a strong resemblance to her brother, Stephen.


The main cast takes a bow.The main cast takes a bow.

Eventually Dorothy was reunited with Auntie Em (Judith Wanderer) and Cousin Henrietta (Jessica Schwartz).

The show was a culmination of weekly musical theatre workshops given by the Rockaway Theatre Company for children grades 3-8.

Costumes were designed by Peggy Vivino and the set was designed by James Cantirino and his team. The performance was directed by John Gilleece.


Dorothy and her helpers head for Oz. Laura Cryan (Dorothy) with Faye Feithman (Scarecrow), Hannah McHale (Tim Man) and Emily Arikian (Cowardly Lion).Dorothy and her helpers head for Oz. Laura Cryan (Dorothy) with Faye Feithman (Scarecrow), Hannah McHale (Tim Man) and Emily Arikian (Cowardly Lion).The Wicked Witch of the West (Elizabeth Vivino) with her helpers.The Wicked Witch of the West (Elizabeth Vivino) with her helpers.

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