Theater Classes to Perform ‘Wizard of Oz’ on Nov. 17 for Area Children
Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 [10:07 PM]
Associate Professor of Communication Susan Minton is
surrounded in her office by
costumes and props for the production of The Wizard of
Oz. The public performance
will be at 7 p.m. CT on Nov. 17 in V.P. Henry
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- For the last 20 years, Lindsey
Wilson College Associate Professor of Communication Susan Minton has produced plays that have
entertained thousands of area school children.
That tradition continues on Nov. 15-17 when her theater classes
perform an adaptation of the children's classic The Wizard of
Oz. The play will be produced Nov. 15-17 in Adair County
schools, and then a public performance will be given at 7 p.m. CT
on Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Lindsey Wilson V.P. Henry
The Nov. 17 performance is free and open to the public.
This year's production features 44 Lindsey Wilson students, all
of whom have a speaking role in the play.
"This is about the application of theater to the real world,"
Minton said. "It isn't something they just do for a class for
To accommodate the large number of students, Minton added a few
scenes and characters to the L. Frank Baum children's classic.
While directing the play, Minton said she has noticed how her
students have "rediscovered their childhoods."
"It affords my students a chance to go back and discover their
inner-child in them," she said.
In addition to performing in the play, Lindsey Wilson students
have also created and built the props and costumes, which has
transformed Minton's office into a makeshift theater supply
For some of the region's school children, the LWC production of
The Wizard of Oz will be the first time they have seen a
"It offers an escape for young and old -- an escape from
reality," Minton said. "It stimulates the imagination -- and it
teaches real-life lessons."
Lindsey Wilson College theater class students will
perform The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Nov.
17, in the Lindsey Wilson V.P. Henry Auditorium. For more
information about the performance -- which is free and open to the
public -- contact Susan Minton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270)