Wizard of Oz Lands in Hoopa

By KRISTAN KORNS, Two Rivers Tribune

Hundreds of Hoopa Elementary School students dressed up in costumes, learned their lines, and went up on stage for a production of the Wizard of Oz on Friday, November 22.

CJ Bonde, a tour actor/director with Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) International Tours, said, “We auditioned on Monday and they learned the whole show in just five days of afterschool rehearsals.”

The MCT team travels in a large tractor-trailer with almost everything needed to put on a show.

“We are in a new town every week,” Bonde said. “So we take everything from town to town: costumes, sets, props; everything except the kids.”

Students from Hoopa Elementary spent the week learning their lines and by Friday were transformed into everything from munchkins, to flying monkeys, to Dorothy, to the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, or dozens of other characters for the play.

The play was a huge hit with the crowd and after the show, the tour company offered free training for adults.

“After the show we have a FREE workshop on how to get everything back in the truck,” Bonde said. “Everyone is welcome.”

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