Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Theatre Program Features Musical
“The Wizard of Oz”
Northwood, New Hampshire… Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s theatre program is pleased to announce their 2022 fall musical The Wizard of Oz! This award-winning musical about believing in yourself, and the eternal struggle between right and wrong, will feature music, scenery, and acting that will knock the Wicked Witch of the West right off her feet! Come join Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion as they journey across the Land of Oz in search of the Emerald City and a way to help Dorothy get back to Kansas. Because as we all know, there’s no place like home!
Home has been a constant theme in this production. CBNA faculty member and production director Jennifer Moynihan revealed, “The most magical part of watching the process of a show like this unfold is seeing the community the students build up for one another. Our seniors have established a strong work ethic for our underclassmen, but more than that, they have set the tone that our theatre space is a home away from home and all are welcome and appreciated here.”
Senior Sam Marcotte spent some time interviewing the cast and crew, to learn more about what motivates them to be a part of the shows. Marcotte, who plays the Scarecrow, also noted that the CBNA Theatre cast and crew prides itself on their feeling of community. Malachi Turner, a freshman who plays the Coroner of Munchkin Land, found CBNA theatre to be extremely welcoming, and already loves the environment and the connections. Sophomores Emery Grady and Ethan Welch, both of whom play in the ensemble, credit the theater with conquering their stage fright, and are looking forward to playing roles in future productions. According to Marcotte, “Most audience members don’t understand the amount of energy, endurance, and love put into the show they are about to watch. The props and the costumes are lined with our souls, hours upon hours are put out on that stage. The audience will witness this when they come to see our show.”
Moynihan made a special point of adding, “One of the central aspects of any CBNA Theatre production is providing a fully immersive learning experience for students. Our technical team has created almost all of the design elements you see on stage, from the costume design to the flowers you see in the land of Oz. We have incredible student choreographers, who are also performers on the stage, who have brought several really fun dance sequences to our production.”
Special thanks go to John Moynihan, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, and The Community Players of Concord who loaned costumes and building materials for this production. The CBNA Theatre program’s sincerest gratitude also goes to CBNA faculty members Kolby Hume, Dana Haley, Danielle Muir and their students for their organizational, technical, and artistic talents. Thanks as well to the entire cast and crew, including sound director Benjamin Place ’23, and logo designer Ian Helm ’23.
Evening performances will take place Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at 7 pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday, October 29 at 2 pm. Mobile tickets are available online now via our virtual ticketing program at www.coebrown.org
Tickets will also be available for cash purchase one hour before curtain on the day of the performances. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students/seniors. This show is appropriate for kids of all ages. Seating is general admission, although special need requests will be honored when possible.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy strives to produce graduates who are academically and socially prepared to be responsible, caring and contributing members of the global society.
Founded in 1867, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is a comprehensive secondary institution offering the highest quality curriculum of studies to the residents of Northwood, Strafford, and surrounding towns, as well as matriculated day students from further afield. The State of New Hampshire certifies Coe-Brown Northwood Academy as a “Public Academy” with public school approval. Our educational programs and opportunities are accessible to both traditional and non-traditional learners, responsive to the diverse needs of an ever-changing community, and consistent with state and federal laws supporting the education of our youth.
The Academy offers a curriculum of studies which is consistent with these premises and the laws of the State of New Hampshire. This curriculum, woven into a coordinated course of study, will enable all students to realize their potential and prepare them for their chosen endeavors upon graduation. The expertise of faculty and staff permits course offerings to develop the full potential of all students, whether they be educationally advantaged or challenged. It is then incumbent on the students to be academically diligent, consistent in attendance, and positive in attitude to successfully complete their chosen course of studies.
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy is located at 907 First NH Turnpike, in Northwood, New Hampshire, on the shores of beautiful Harvey Lake. For further information about the school, please call 603-942-5531 or visit our website at www.CoeBrown.org.
Caption Photo #1:
The cast of “The Wizard of Oz!” rehearsing as an ensemble. Photo by Judy Loto.
Caption Photo #2:
The logo for this production, shown here, was designed by Coe-Brown senior Ian Helm.