Performances of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 classic novel begin the weekend of February 7 at the school, 61-17 Grand Avenue.
Since the 2009–2010 school year, the St. Stan’s Players have staged productions of Annie, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Cinderella and Aladdin with school alumni mother and director Annette Siguenza, who also ownes A Place to Dance, as well as producer and fourth grade teacher Maria Marrocco.
“Graduates have gone on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music and Art and Performing Arts,” Marrocco said. “The program has created opportunities for students to develop and explore talents they might not have realized they had.”
As the crew prepares for their upcoming performances, Marrocco said that students are also developing a sense of responsibility and teamwork.
Jesica Masi, a student at St. Stan’s, has been in productions with the group for the last five years, and is playing Dorothy in this year’s production.
“Five years ago, I had a tiny little part with a few lines,” Masi said. “Being a part of the St. Stan’s Players has been most rewarding.”
Parent volunteers, students and alumni create the costumes, do makeup, and take on stage crew duties.
“From stage crew to supporting role, being part of the St. Stan’s players for the past five years has been both challenging and rewarding,” said eighth grader Nicholas Masi, who plays Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz.