Seventh grader Kyla Cole will don the ruby slippers for the upcoming Midland production of “The Wizard of Oz.”


Midland is set to take their largest musical production to date.

March 8, students will take the stage for a production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Director Hanna Ralson said the cast is the biggest they’ve ever had for a production.

“I normally have around 20 to 24 kids, and this year I have 34,” she said.

The reason for the larger cast is two-fold. First, more bodies are necessary to fill out the cast of the show. The fact that the production is for a story that is so well known has increased the interest from students.

Approximately two-thirds of the cast comes from the middle school, including the lead. Dorothy will be played by seventh-grader Kyla Cole. Cole participated as a wolfette in last year’s production of “The Big Bad Musical.”

Her role this year is a big step up, but she’s not sweating sliding on the ruby slippers.

“I knew the songs and stuff, so it was kind of easy for me,” she said. “I’m really excited about the song ‘(Somewhere) over the Rainbow’ because it’s the first song, and it’s a solo for me, and I like the costume.”

Working through all the different characters Dorothy gets to interact with has been a lot of fun, particularly since Cole’s gotten to know a lot of the older students through working on the production.

The older students have been great to work with during the rehearsal process, Cole said.

In choosing “The Wizard of Oz,” Ralson wanted to be able to take advantage of all the extra space and features that the new stage, lights and sound system provided for. The new system has also provided the biggest logistical headache, aside from the weather problems that caused the performance to be delayed.

Getting used to the new system and familiarizing themselves with the space has been one of the bigger challenges for the director.

Midland’s production of “The Wizard of Oz will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 8.

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