My friend Rebecca spends her free time producing family friendly entertainment out here in small town Missouri.
This year, she has already done Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR, Disney’s High School Musical JR and this month is The Wizard of OZ JR.
The difference between the JR version and the full version is about 30 minutes.
Her shows are never mediocre.
The dedication that Becca gives to the scenery, costumes, music, dancing and direction – without killing the fun for the kids involved – gives something special to the surrounding communities.
When I first moved out here to rural Missouri, I was almost positive my life would be dull. Turns out the Ozarks are crawling with talent.
(True, the nearest Sushi place is an hour away…but I can live with that…for now.)
So how did I get hi-jacked into being a part of the show?
I’m the camera gal.
I also try to capture before and after shots of the cast with my still camera.
I get to feed my side love for video production. I love to make movies, I just don’t usually have the time for them…until a friend needs a favor.
My entire family usually gets involved with each show…except my dad.
This show required a fog machine, which my dad volunteered to pick up in Springfield – ya know, the big city – and got all the instructions on how to run it properly.
So he felt obligated to run it every night.
I joked that he finally joined the PTA – Peterson Theater Association.
I think he kinda loves being part of the show.
I took my munchkin to the first show last weekend, he sat very quietly through the first half and ate his way through an entire bag of popcorn – with a little help from me.
I didn’t have a chance to record that show – as I had to hold my son.
We sat on the front row and got a close up of the Tin Man after he fell walking up the stairs – the entire audience was in stitches. Even with the Jitter-bugs dancing and the audience laughing – not a single cast member stepped out of character.
These kids are fantastic – if you happen to be in the Mountain Grove/Cabool/WillowSprings/WestPains/Houston/you get the picture area
COME and see this weekend’s shows – Friday and Saturday at 7pm at the Star Theater in Willow Springs. Tickets are $6 at the door.