Fort Kent Community High School presents “the Wizard of Oz”, a musical production with a cast of students from Fort Kent Elementary, Valley Rivers Middle, and Community High School and community members, under the direction of CHS learning facilitator and drama instructor, Mr. Doug Clapp. “In over thirty years of directing drama at both Wisdom High School and Community High School, this one, without a doubt, has been the most demanding and challenging. There is a cast of over 40, singing, dancing, acting-- sets that have to take us from the Kansas prairie to the Emerald city and the Witches castle….Oz is simply huge. And great fun.”.
Additionally, the Madawaska Middle/High School Band will be accompanying the production, playing the overture and the intermission during the play, under the direction of Valley Unified music instructor Mr. Taylor Martin. The young musicians have been practicing the songs amidst their expected parade preparation and basketball pep band songs. It is challenging music and it has been a real effort. “I am proud to see how hard the mentors and the students have been working towards this common goal that benefits our community as a whole. It is a massive endeavor,” says Martin about this first collaborative effort between the CHS drama club and the Pride of Madawaska Middle/High School band.
“Bringing the CHS drama program and the MMHS band program together is a wonderful example of collaboration and the potential that our communities and schools have when working together,” says Ben Sirois, Superintendent of Schools at MSAD27.
“We were grateful for the invitation to our band to work with Mr. Clapp’s drama troupe and we hope there will be more opportunities like this in the future,” stated Gisele Dionne, Superintendent of Schools in Madawaska.
Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on each evening of Thursday, December 6; Friday, December 7; and Saturday, December 8. A matinee performance is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday December 8 as well.
Admission is $5 for students, and $10 for adults.