By Matthew Tepper
This year, Oyster Bay High School’s annual musical was Imagine Oz, based on The Wizard of Oz musical produced in 2011 and adapted from the 1939 film. This musical was inspired by classic Beatles music including the famous songs “Imagine” and “All You Need is Love.” This year’s production, as well as previous productions, would not have been possible without Stage Crew.
Stage Crew plays an essential part in preparing and executing major shows including this year’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and the seventh and eighth-grade musical. A Stage Crew member’s role is to create scenes and operate the various technical components of producing a play or musical. From the start of constructing a ground plan to the final rehearsal day, there are many aspects involved in creating major productions. The crew must construct a set where objects are designed to create an illusion of the scene. In addition, these objects must be designed to move easily.
Some intricate set pieces created by Stage Crew this year included a moveable bedroom, an eerie forest, a colorful backdrop based on The Wizard of Oz, and various props.
Stage Crew Manager Danielle DiMeo, a senior at OBHS, reflected on her experience this year and stated, “I was excited to be a part of a new kind of show. I’ve never had an experience quite like this one—being involved in a musical like Imagine Oz!”
Julianna Goldman, a member of Stage Crew, said, “I had a fantastic time in Stage Crew. My role was to ensure cast members were prepared with the necessary props to be successful on stage.”
Stage Crew would not be as successful as it is without the guidance of advisor Ms. Randazzo, an art teacher at OBHS. When reflecting on the work ethic of this year’s Stage Crew, she said, “All students involved always managed to surpass my expectations. They are the behind the scenes students that make magic happen and make me beyond proud of their work ethic, positivity, and kindness!”
The dedicated cast, crew, and pit band put in countless hours to prepare for Imagine Oz, and the final production was proof that hard work certainly pays off.