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Yellow Brick Wonders

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Greater Latrobe’s Unforgettable Musical Extravaganza.
Allison Duda


Finding Oz in Yourself 

        “The Wizard of Oz” still holds relevance in our lives today. It’s more than just a whimsical tale; it’s a reflection of our journeys and struggles. Just like Dorothy, we often find ourselves longing for something more, searching for answers or a sense of belonging. The characters she encounters along the way represent different aspects of ourselves and the challenges we face. The Scarecrow reminds us that intelligence is not defined by knowledge alone, but by the wisdom we gain through experience. The Tin Man teaches us that true compassion and empathy are what make us truly human. And the Cowardly Lion reminds us that courage isn’t the absence of fear, but the strength to face our fears head-on. In a world that can sometimes feel overwhelming and uncertain, “The Wizard of Oz” reminds us to trust in ourselves, embrace our unique qualities, and find the strength to overcome obstacles. It’s a standing reminder that the power to create our destinies lies within us, just like it did for Dorothy.

Wizard of Oz

        “The Wizard of Oz” is an enchanting tale that follows the adventures of Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas. After a tornado transports her to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy embarks on a journey to find the Wizard who can help her return home. Along the way, she befriends a Scarecrow searching for a brain, a Tin Man needing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion in pursuit of courage. Together, they face various challenges and encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge on Dorothy for inadvertently causing her sister’s demise. With the help of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, Dorothy learns the power of friendship, bravery, and the importance of believing in oneself. In the end, she discovers that the key to finding her way back home was within her all along. “The Wizard of Oz” is a timeless classic that continues to captivate audiences of all ages with its whimsical characters and heartfelt message of self-discovery and homecoming.

Stageart: Coming Alive

        In this musical, in particular, the cast and directors have decided to use ZFX to fly some characters around the stage. The cast has also teamed up with other classes/clubs around the school like the broadcasting class making videos to bring some scenes to life and the art class which has painted umbrellas.  These special effects make the stage come alive and it will transfer the audience into a whole new world and a show that they will remember forever. Another fun thing this musical will have that is different from prior shows is that the 4th-grade elementary students will be making their debut as munchkins, six of them in particular earned themself special soles. 

Musical Tunes 

        The songs in “The Wizard of Oz” are absolutely magical! They display many different genres that capture the audience while relatinging  back to  the musical.  From the iconic “Over the Rainbow” to the lively “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead,” each song captures the spirit of the story. The musical features jazz and complicated major and minor harmonies that all add up to each other to make a great display of musical excellence. With the students singing backing vocals under the well known melodys adds another layer of complexity to the sound of the music. The music takes you on a journey filled with hope, friendship, and the power of dreams. It’s like a symphony of emotions that will leave you singing along and tapping your feet! 

Stage Crew: The Unseen Stars 

        Stage crew is absolutely incredible and so essential to every production performed. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, ensuring everything runs smoothly and flawlessly. From setting up the elaborate sets to managing the lighting and sound cues, they bring the magic to life. Their attention to detail and problem-solving skills are truly remarkable. They are theater’s unsung heroes, ensuring every performance is a success. The dedication and teamwork they exhibit are truly amazing and I’m always in awe of their talent and hard work.


How are you feeling about being in “The Wizard of Oz” musical? 

“I am very excited to perform as the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz”; it is one of the most iconic shows of all time and I am grateful to have the opportunity to perform this alongside so many amazing friends.” – Jack Dixion, Junor, playing the Scarecrow


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What excites you the most about portraying your character in the musical?

“Playing Dorothy is so exciting because her story is so important to so many people. The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic that people of all ages have watched and enjoyed, and to be able to explore her character and make her my own while still staying true to who she is has been such a fun journey. I am absolutely thrilled, and I’m hoping that I do her justice.” – Sarah Hoffman, Senior, playing Dorthy






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What aspects of “The Wizard of Oz” story do you find most captivating or relatable? 

“I find captivating is the zany world of Oz, at one time you watch Dorothy in a colorful land with the Munchkins and a Good Witch named Glinda wants to help aid Dorothy on the adventure, then Dorothy meet a talking Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, then in another scene you see her in the jolly land of the Emerald City, and then a forest that’s crawling with Jitterbugs and Flying Monkeys. Something about the story that I find relatable are the lessons that the characters learn from overcoming their problems. A scarecrow that teaches us to always be curious and to question and think, a Tinman who teaches us to love the world and people around us but also ourselves, and a Lion who teaches us to take the leap of faith and to have some courage in life!” – Nathan Shashura, Senor, playing the Lion


How has being part of the high school musical cast impacted your overall high school experience?

“Being in the high school theater group and getting to do musicals has been a pleasure. It really allows me to immerse myself into a group of people that are like me that enjoy being themself. I have met so many people through doing musicals and we always create such a family through the months of rehearsals. I believe doing the high school musical for me was one of my best ideas as now I feel so free and don’t let anybody bring me down because I know I’m better than that.” – Troy Manns, Sophomore, playing as a Snowman, a Winkies, and a Jitterbugs

Can you share any specific responsibilities you have as part of the stage crew for this musical?

“During the prop building phase, it’s all hands on deck. Every crew member helps with assembling sets, designing some props, and painting each piece. Every set piece is on a wagon if possible to allow the Run Crew to easily move it on and off stage. During Tech Week my job is to design lighting cues. We can set each individual light to the exact position/brightness/color to create the look for one scene. We can then switch between all the looks we created in as little as a second. The lighting team works alongside the sound team and spotlight to make each scene to the director’s liking. It is our responsibility to ensure each cue or lighting arrangement, is lit at the right time for the correct duration. We also manage court lights before and after the show for the audience. Our responsibility is to make sure the actors have everything they need to perform their best on and off stage.” – Autumn Blozowich, Sophomore, on Stage Crew

How do you think the stage crew contributes to the overall success and atmosphere of the musical?

“Stage crew does a lot to contribute to the success of not only the musical but every production we work on. The overall success of the musical is a clear three-way split. The stage crew builds the world, adds the sounds and lights, the cast brings life and emotions to the world, and the pit orchestra brings the music. The cast doesn’t play a larger role than the stage crew and the stage crew doesn’t play a larger role than the cast. It is our job to build the world, adding light and sound, and it is the job of the cast to bring life and emotion to the world. The stage crew, dedicates so much time to creating that world. On top of the two hours, we dedicate every Monday and Wednesday and the two weeks leading up to the musical, it is not uncommon for us to dedicate even more time when we are asked. This can mean staying later than expected or coming in on a day that we weren’t scheduled to. We do all of this without hesitation because we love stage crew. Each member is unique and they all have something different to offer. I truly love getting to work with them and respect each of them.” – Luke Strosnider, Senior, Stage Manager for Stage Crew 


Show Dates, Times, and Where: 

March 1st, 2024 @ 7 pm 

March 2nd, 2024 @ 7 pm 

March 3rd, 2024 @ 2 pm

The musical is being performed at the Greater Latrobe Senior High Auditorium. 

Ticket Info:

$18 – adults 

$15 – students & senior citizens 

There will also be a meet and greet for kids 10 and under to meet some of the main characters on March 3rd from 12-1! These tickets are sold separately online for $7 a piece.

Show tickets can be purchased at the door, or they can be purchased online at


Cast List & Roles: 

Dorothy- Sarah Hoffman         Glinda- Abby Wolfgang           Scarecrow- Jack Dixon         

Lion- Nathan Shashura           Tin-man- Landon Shine           Witch- Marie Patterson

Auntie Em- Maddie Duda        Oz/Professor- Henry Krom     Uncle Henry- Ben Fearer

Mayor- Conner Spiller          Coroner- Grace Jamieson          Barrister- Evan Frescura

Core dancers: Jianna Kacz, Lexi Lynch, Sophia Buluva,  Gia Angelicchio, Gia Petrazio

Extra Dancers: Sadie Bridge, Mimi Fridg, Mia Stoneking, Sage Brant

Ozians: Full cast

Beauticians Group 1: Maddie Duda, Jianna Kacz, Izzy Keslar

Beauticians Group 2: Lucy Rodel, Abby Rafferty, Sophia Bulava

Ozian boys: Noah Dixon, Ben Fearer, Leo Sun

Munchkins: Sadie Bridge, Gia Petrazio, Katie Snyder, Grace Jamieson, Margaret Krom, Sierra Lyons, Shaelin Wiley, Heli Patel, Mimi Fridg, Ava George, Layla Klosky, Alana Brown, Stacey O’Conner, Elise Wolfgang, Lexi Lynch, Josh Sterrett, Jacob Leonard, Ciara Eachus, Nataly Smyntek, Zoey Wilders, Zoe Reed, Rylei Mears, Ben Ament, Evan Frescura, Conner Spiller, Logan Luhovey , Jack Duda, Ellie McDonald, Mia Stoneking

2 Teachers: Jack Duda, Ben Ament

3 City Mothers: Sierra Lyons, Shaelin Wiley, Elise Wolfgang

Lollipop League- elementary kids

Lullaby League– elementary kids

Crows: Stephen Foss, Jacob Miller, Ben Fearer, Lukas Deemer

Trees: Maddie Duda, Izzy Keslar, Jianna Kacz, Lexi Lynch

Monkeys: Maddie Duda (Nikko), Izzy Keslar (2nd flying monkey), Josh Sterrett, Jacob Leonard, Jack Duda, Ben Ament, Lukas Deemer, Evan Frescura 

Winkies: Leo Sun- General, Kyle Kemerer, Jacob Harris, Logan Luhovey, Troy Manns, Sage Brant, Dalton King, Jacob Miller, Boston Soluri, Mason Demsey, Stephen Foss, Noah Dixon, Conner Spiller

Girls Chorus: Katie Snyder, Sierra Lyons, Shae Wiley, Margaret Krom , Lucy Rodell, Karlee Clark, Elise Ruggery, Maddie Bellissimo,Elise Wolfgang, Izzy Keslar, Abby Rafferty, Grace Jamieson, Sophia Bulava, Jianna Kaczmarkiewicz, Maddie Duda, Marie Patterson

Poppies: Katie Snyder, Sierra Lyons, Shae Wiley, Margaret Krom , Lucy Rodell, Karlee Clark, Elise Ruggery, Maddie Bellissimo, Elise Wolfgang, Izzy Keslar, Abby Rafferty, Grace Jamieson, Sara Fry, Sarah Balega

Snowflakes: Sophia Bulava, Lexi Lynch, Jianna Kacz, Gia Petrazzio, Gia Angelicchio

Snowmen:Boston Soluri, Lukas Deemer, Ben Fearer, Troy Manns, Jacob Miller, Noah Dixon, Kyle Kemerer, Henry Krom, Leo Sun

Solo Jitterbug: Jhianna Kaczmarkiewicz

Jitterbug core dancers: Lexi Lynch, Sophia Buluva, Gia Angelicchio, Gia Petrazio

Jitterbugs: Sadie Bridge, Mimi Fridg, Ellie McDonald, Mia Stoneking, Sage Brant, Mason Demspey, Noah Dixon, Jacob Harris, Kyle Kemerer, Dalton King, Jacob Miller, Troy Manns, Boston Soluri, Leo Sun, Ben Fearer, Henry Krom, Sarah Balega, Maddie Bellissimo, Karlee Clark, Ciara Eachus, Alana Brown, Sara Fry, Ava George, Layla Klosky, Rylei Mears, Stacy O’Connor, Heli Patel, Abigail Rafferty, Lucy Rodel, Elise Ruggery, Nataly Smyntek, Zoe Reed, Zoey Wilders

Stage Crew: Angeline Schaefer, Wren Puskar, Madeline Bellissima, Conner Benyo, Sophia Bisher, Brooks Conway, Mason Dempsey, Jacob Miller, Ryan LeBlanc, Angeline Schafer, Luke Strosnider, Autumn Blozowich, Julia Zhu, Sierra Lyons, Kate Miller, Derek Scheller, Kelsey McClellan, Kaylee Androstic, Ava George, Kate Larson, Charlotte Shaffer, Dylan Shirley

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Madison Snyder
Madison Snyder, Staff Writer
Madison Snyder is a sophomore student attending Greater Latrobe Senior High School, set to graduate in 2026. Outside of school, she love to hang out with her friends and have a great time. She recently joined the high post and hopes to become a valuable member in the years to come. She joined so that she could get closer to other people that she may have not have met before, and too further develop prior friendships. She has been a dedicated leader of the lighthouse leadership team for a little over a year now and enjoys that she has been able to develop positive relationships with teachers and staff. She hopes that she will continue to meet more people, make more connections , and continue to be extremely involved in her next three years of high school at Greater Latrobe Senior High School.   Other than being involved with the lighthouse team and high post she is also a dedicated member of the Key Club, and she is on the Envirothon team, she will be running for a representative position in student council in the years to come. She also does other things outside of school including volunteering, tutoring, babysitting, and she also work at an ice cream shop called Twist and Shake. She very much enjoys cooking, baking, painting, using cameras for photos, being with family, drawing, taking walks, hanging out with her friends, painting pottery, and listening to music. She also loves traveling and going to new places.  She especially love cruises. She have been on Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Wonder of the Seas. Because of these cruises, she has been to Labadee Haiti, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Roatan Honduras, Costa Maya, Cozumel Mexico CocoCay, and the Bahamas. She hopes to continue traveling and going to new places. In conclusion, she want to be a computer engineer in the future and she hopes to influence young children to become more active in school and outside of school.

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