Munchkin Master

munchkin master

Just before the final dress rehearsal for the the Oberlin Music Theater Association's February production of The Wizard of Oz, members of the munchkin chorus - 20 local children - ran through warm ups with their director, music-education and theater major Laura Shepherd.

Being able to dance ballet and sing a Munchkinland lullaby was "lots of fun" say chorus members Karen Reynolds, seven, and her sister Gena, five.

The collaboration between College students and local youngsters was Shepherd's brainchild. "I was involved in a reading program with a third-grade class at Prospect Elementary and I really enjoyed it," says the double-degree junior. "I wanted to offer these children a chance to perform."

She says she picked The Wizard of Oz because it offers children a big role in the production. She posted audition notices throughout the town - in meeting halls, churches, and in the schools. More than 25 local youth inquired about auditioning. The 20 successful candidates ranged in age from 3 to 16.