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By Bob Bessette - St. Albans Messenger - April 10, 2003

Lions, and Tigers and JITTERBUGS!!?? Sound Familiar? Well it should if you have ever seen "The Wizard of Oz". Of course, the popular Judy Garland movie version has lions, tigers and BEARS, not Jitterbugs. I had the privilege of attending the dress rehearsal on Tuesday night of BFA Fairfax's production of the musical play.

The play stars students of all ages and is the result of director Richard Hanson's dream to produce a play to celebrate BFA's 100th birthday celebration with artistic style. He has more than done that. All of your favorite characters including Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion are brought to life with incredible costumes and the impressive talent of the performers who fill them.

And of course, don't forget the Good Witch who is truly beautiful and the Wicked Witch of the West who is, as all good wicked witches should be, ugly and terrifying. The Munchkins are absolutely adorable. The entire cast works together in perfect ensemble fashion to bring the Land of Oz to life on the stage of BFA. The orchestra, composed of BFA Band members and other musicians from Fairfax and the area, is directed by Bruce McRae, BFA Band Director. It is truly a show worth seeing. Show dates are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, April 10th, 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday April 12th at 2 p.m.

(All Photos By Mr. Kevin Hebert of BFA)

Mr. Hanson & Mr. McRae

Erica White, Jordan Paquette & Alice ?

?,Elizabeth Hubbard - Kathryn Murphy, Seanan Denizot, Erin O'Bryan

Three girls with back to camera I don't know, Geniveve St. Hilare, Jordan Paquette, ?

(Skeleton) Leanna Copenhaver, ?, Alice (unsure of last name), Erica White

Kathryn Murphy, Erin O'Bryan, Seanan Denizot

4th in from left in Jeannine Audet, others I am not sure

For More Photos Click Here

Henry A. Raymond
April 10, 2003
A very special thanks to Mr. Kevin Hebert for sharing his photos with us and to Bob Bessette for his excellent review of the play and Marc Bessette & Carol Graves for their help in identifying the actors by name.