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Montgomery Virtuoso To Present “THE WIZ”

By Staff | Apr 3, 2012

Brittany Hippie, senior, as Dorothy and Michael Sampsell, senior, as the Scarecrow.

MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Area High School Vocal and Drama ensemble. Virtuoso, will be presenting the musical “THE WIZ” on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be reserved via email at cmcnear(@)montasd.org. Tickets will also be available at the door for both shows.

The 85 member cast, pit, and crew of “THE WIZ” consist of some of

Montgomery’s finest academic, musical, theatrical and athletic students. Many of the students have also been involved in community productions.

Virtuoso has been in existence for 13 years as a show choir but is in its fourth season as a drama and musical theatre ensemble. Recent performances include the fall play “HUMBUG” and the 2011 original musical, “Eye 2 Eye”. Virtuoso strives to encourage student production, whenever possible, to provide a well-rounded theatrical experience. This year. Virtuoso is continuing its elementary and middle school counterpoint. Virtuoso Junior. Select elementary and middle school students have been shadowing high school Virtuoso members in the areas of singing, acting, dancing and tech.

Virtuoso is co-directed by Carina McNear and Jessica Carpenter. Additional

directors for “THE WIZ” are Abigail Saul and Brian Rehn. All advisors would like

to thank the cast, pit, and crew for their hard work and dedication as well as the

school district and families for their continued support of the arts.