Hamilton Elementary School performers to follow the Yellow Brick Road

Hamilton Elementary School (HES) students will perform the “Wizard of Oz” on Wednesday, May 22. Shown running through their lines are (from left) HES students Levi Gifford (Scarecrow), Savannah Shotts (Dorothy) and Karley Pickard (Cowardly Lion).

• Students to present ‘The Wizard of Oz’ May 21, 22

HAMILTON - Excitement is building as the date gets closer to the Hamilton Elementary School (HES), Bevill State Community College and Hamilton Pro Arts Coalition (HPAC)’s partnership production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
There will be two community performances, on May 21 and 22, both starting 7 p.m., at the Bevill State Business and Community Center in Hamilton.
Tickets for the Bevill performances of “The Wizard of Oz” will go on sale at the school on May 15. Ticket prices are adults - $7 and children - $3.  All proceeds will go to support the continuation of the music program at HES.
Tickets may be purchased at HES or at the door for each performance.  
According to HES Principal Lynda Hall, the production will feature more than 100 students acting and performing the music and dance numbers as Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion travel the Yellow Brick Road to Oz.
The musical is an adapted children’s play by ArtReach Children’s Theatre Plays of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.”
Students have been preparing for “The Wizard of Oz” under the direction of music teacher Jennifer Zetrouer,  
“Ms. Zetrouer has been working hard preparing the students.  She is committed to her work and we are fortunate to have her at Hamilton Elementary School,” Hall said.
“I am so thankful for the Alabama State Department of Education’s Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grant that made the music program at HES possible.   I also want to thank Bevill State Community College and HPAC for partnering with HES to bring ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to the community.”
“The community response has been a positive one,” Hall said. “We owe a huge thank-you to the local businesses and community leaders for their support.”
 “I agree,” remarked Mrs. Paula Wood, HPAC community volunteer and head of costuming. “This is truly a Hamilton event, made possible by the generosity and goodwill of this amazing community.”  
 “It is an exciting time at Hamilton Elementary!” said Mrs. Hall.  “Our children will be performing, dancing and singing.  I’m sure you will recognize many of them, so I want to encourage you to purchase your tickets early!”