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Briarwood one-act performers honored for 'Wizard'

Briarwood Academy senior Nick Dawson received one of five Best Actor awards for his portrayal of Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz in GISA Region Region 1-A one-act play competition last week at the Hull Fine Arts Center at Augusta Preparatory School in Martinez.

The 25 members of the Briarwood high school chorus, under the direction of choral director Kari Callaway, received an "Excellent" rating from all four judges for their presentation of the folk classic, The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.

"I was so proud of their performance," Mrs. Callaway said. "They worked hard on the play and on the props, and they did a great job. Plus, they had a lot of fun.

"The audience really laughed, and that was gratifying for us," she added. "It means we're really a success."

Mrs. Callaway was assisted in directing the production by Libby Foster of the Washington Little Theater.

The Theater also provided costumes for Briarwood's production.

Cast members included Dawson as the Scarecrow, Matthew McElveen as Dorothy, Paige Sullivan as Toto, Ben Raburn as the Tin Man, Adam Hardy as the Cowardly Lion, Chase Walker as the Wizard, Sierra Havrilla as Glinda the Good Witch, Hollis Wells as the Wicked Witch of the West, Morgan Reese and Maggie Keen as Munchkins, Steven Gunn and Brandon Brewer as Flying Monkeys, Maria Johnson and Emily Henderson as the Talking Trees, Charlie Cox as the Gatekeeper to Oz, Savannah Carani as Auntie Em and Trey Stadler as Uncle Henry.

The singers who provided some narration for the play included Gerry Hall, Caitlyn Quinn, Sherrer Long, Lizzie Keen, Jamie Russell and Lindsey Burnley.

Mary Ashley Gibson was stage manager for the play. Saul Smith handled the sound and lights.

Web posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008

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