CYT Performs ‘Wizard of Oz’

by lewwaters

Oz Program

My friends, I have just returned from one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had in a long time. For those of you that enjoy live plays, and even those of you who usually don’t, Christian Youth Theater is performing the Wizard of Oz currently in the Fort Vancouver High School auditorium.

A well kept secret, if only from me, this group of youths performed a masterful job this evening in their opening performance of the 1939 classic. Christian Youth Theater seems to be a nationwide set of groups that steer youths towards the performing arts and giving them guidance that few today receive.

Tonight’s plays was staged by youths ranging in age from 18 down to what looked like maybe 7 or 8 years old and believe me, these kids do an excellent job. Well-rehearsed and unbelievable voices followed the original classic nearly to a “T.”

The show runs through May 31 with performances at 3 PM and 7 PM on Saturdays and 3 PM on Sundays and next Friday.

The show has a large cast with the lead role of Dorothy played by 17 year-old Kaity Jellison. You just have to hear this young lady sing!

18 year-old Krista Chase, in her last performance with the Christian Youth Theater, does a masterful job as Ms. Gulch and the Wicked Witch.

Casey Pitel, Levi Larson and Alex Low double as Zeke/Cowardly Lion, Hickory/Tin Man and Hunk/Scarecrow. Costumes copy those of the movie and are very well done also.

Janelle Harriman also performs a double role as Aunty Em and Glinda the Good Witch.

Professor Marvel/Wizard was performed by Caleb Adderly and Uncle Henry/Oz Gate Guard was performed by Jeffery Shaffer.

Of course, a cute little dog, Tiki, performed the star role of Toto.

Way too many names to be listed filled out the cast in roles of Munchkin Land Barrister, Mayor, Coroner, City Fathers, Lullaby League, Lollipop Guild, Munchkins, Teachers, Poppies, Crows, Apple Trees, Jitterbugs, Winkies, Monkey’s and the Ozians.

My apologies for not being able to list every name, but each and every child danced and sang with a talent not often seen in such a large and diverse group.

As a Dad and Granddad, I was particularly impressed to see a little girl, who had obviously injured her leg, amongst the dancers and singers on her crutches decorated with flowers and worked into the script.

A quick perusal of the program shows wide support from Clark County businesses in putting on these plays.

Few seats in Fort Vancouver High School’s auditorium were empty telling me quite a few Clark County residents are aware of this very worthy group.

They deserve even more.

Tickets are available online in advance or at the door.

My friends do yourselves a huge favor and spend an enjoyable evening with these talented youths. If you cannot make the Wizard of Oz, follow their schedule and attend another play they put on soon.

I know I will.

7 Responses to “CYT Performs ‘Wizard of Oz’”

  1. Thanks for the great feedback! I will pass it on to all our Wizard of Oz families.


  2. You’re very welcome, Bethany, but it is I who thanks all who were associated with this play and Christian Youth Theater. The kids were just fantastic.


  3. I quite by accident stumbled across this play looking for an activity for visiting relatives from Texas. Two of the popular Vancouver live theaters were not scheduled at the time of their visit. Soooo, I booked four seats at the school.

    Little did I or my husband know what sort of a treat we were in for. It was very professionally done with attention to detail in every sense of the word. My brother pointed out the little actress on crutches whom at one point in the land of Oz has her flowers that are growing on her crutches watered by some of the other munchkins.

    Make a decision to see this play, you will not be disappointed. My brother and his wife are avid theater attenders and YES they loved it!

    Oh and the music is live, not recorded was magnificent.


  4. yay! I’m so glad that everyone is enjoying the show! CYT is so fun to be a part of and this show has been an amazing experience! the directors did a great job putting it all together, with great attention to detail, and the result is magnificent, if I do say so myself! 🙂 thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed our performance! 😀


  5. Kaity, I hope you continue with your singing, you have a wonderful voice.

    One thing that made the show so pleasurable is that from out in the audience, it was obvious you all were enjoying the performance yourselves.


  6. oh thanks so much! 🙂
    yes the performance is VERY fun! I’m glad that that is conveyed to the audience! 🙂



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