They say every family has drama.
But for this family, drama is what brought them together in the first place.
The cast of Streetsboro Theatre’s “The Wizard of Oz” is busy preparing for its April 28 and 29 performances in the new auditorium.
But because the audience only gets to see the final product, they are left to wonder: What is it like behind the curtain?
“We’re like a family,” said junior Braden Tucker, who plays the Scarecrow in “Wizard.”“We all love each other.” Tucker got involved with theater his freshman year, and now also works with “Thrive,” a branch of Streetsboro Theatre.
“It’s like brother and sister,” he said of the relationship between cast members.“We fight, too, but there’s never any hard feelings.”
Tucker is not the only one who feels this way about the theater team. Cast and crew alike agree: The theater is a family.
Though different feelings may emerge onstage, everyone is able to come together after practice.
“There’s the Wicked Witch and there’s Dorothy… they’re obviously enemies, but offstage…we’re all just really close friends,” said sophomore Corey Hautmann,who will be singing in the upcoming production.
Hautmann worked with Thrive as a drummer last year, and said this year it is more nerve wracking to be singing in front of people. He said he is excited, however, for people to see what they have been working on. “Being the first act that people are going to see on that stage as a Streetsboro production… it’s just mind blowing.”
Freshman Alex Antoncic, the stage manager, is in charge of making sure people are following cues and things are running smoothly behind the scenes.
“The play looks really nice and we haven’t even gotten all the features yet,” he said. “So when it’s completely put together, I think it’ll be great.”
Antoncic said he got involved because he enjoys being a leader and working with people like director Jim Boardwine.
“Mr. Boardwine is a good teacher and I wanted to help him out in any way I can,” he said.
The whole team has a close connection with the English teacher and Thrive President.
“They feel like adopted kids to me, and I love that feeling,” said Boardwine, who has led the theater group for 11 years now. “And I like that it’s people from different walks of life who wouldn’t normally hang out together, working together.”
One of the reasons Boardwine and his creative have been saying this cast is promising, is because those involved have a strong passion to perform and strive to be the best actors and artists they can be.
“I can go in there and like, do what I love doing, because it’s fun and the people are fun,” Tucker said.
Even though opening night is looming, they still manage to have a fun time working together at practice.
“Mr. Boardwine ended up wrestling Braden for whatever reason,” recalled junior Brandon Sanders, who plays the Tin Man. Sanders explained how he came to practice and saw Boardwine and Tucker wrestling in the media center. “He dropped him in like five seconds.”
“So, ya know I was wearing this wireless mic, to give directions. And I walk out to go to the bathroom and forget to mute my mic. So, they could hear me like peeing through the speakers. And they could hear the toilet flush. And I open the bathroom door and there’s Faith like ‘what are you doing?’. I’m like ‘I’m going to the bathroom what are you talking about?’. She goes ‘we could hear you through the speakers’.” Boardwine recalled.
“There are so many (memories) I can’t think of just one.” said Senior Katie Curran, who will act as Dorothy. She says not all are appropriate but there have been countless good memories this year.