We followed the yellow brick road to see the Wizard in search of transformation: a brain for Scarecrow, a heart for Tinman, courage for Lion and contentment for Dorothy, guided by the Good Witch of the North, while facing difficulties thrown in the path by the Wicked Witch.
Transformation is work
We learned that brains develop with a lot of hard work, hearts become softer with a lot of love and support, courage comes from trying hard and succeeding and all of these things bring contentment, compassion and fellowship with strong mentoring and guidance even in the face of evil.
The “Wizard of Oz” was an appropriate choice of a musical production for Cono on two levels. It was an ambitious production that challenged our stage capacity with so many scenes and large set pieces, familiar and singable show tunes, great lines and fun costumes. On a deeper level it challenged us in our character development, encouraged personal development and team camaraderie. From the youngest Munchkin, the Mayor of Munchkinland just turned 8 the week of the performance, to Glinda, Good Witch of the North, about to turn 19, our cast of 24 was able to pull off what is usually performed by a cast of 65, amazing the full house audiences for both performances.
The students chose the musical and cast it themselves with approval from the director, Lynn Jahl. The parents who were visiting for Parents Weekend were delighted with the casting for the various roles, clearly seeing each student’s personality coming through the interpretation of each part.
Seeing the other person’s perspective
Drama is so good for Cono. It gives us a chance to step outside of ourselves and experience life from another person’s point of view. It gives us a healthy outlet for some of our own personal drama and helps to put it all into perspective.
Life Lessons learned:
The Wizard doesn’t have all the answers.
Wicked Witches can be conquered.
Perseverance brings reward.
No matter how many times you practice something you are not in control and things can still go wrong but can still work out in the end.
No one really remembers little mistakes.
There’s no place like Cono.
Thomas V. Jahl, Headmaster, Cono Christian School