Education Notes: Encore Drama stages ‘Wizard of Oz’

Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Rogers High School for the Rogers Encore Drama spring performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” beginning Friday at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Dreaming of life over the rainbow, Dorothy Gale, played by Katrina Johnson, is soon caught in a twister, and she lands in Munchkin Land. Rogers’ production features munchkins played by elementary students from Arlington, Logan, Shaw, Colbert, Whitman, Cooper, Cataldo, Bemiss and Hutton elementary schools.

Only in Munchkin Land a few minutes, Dorothy meets the Good Witch of the North, played by Sierra Haller, and is then unpleasantly welcomed by the Wicked Witch of the West, played by Daisy Cliff-Lang. Deciding that it’s time to head back to Kansas, Dorothy begins her long journey to Oz. On her way, she meets the Scarecrow, played by Zena Kerbs, the Tin Man, played by David Moody, and the Cowardly Lion, played by Emylie “Mac” Keener. Audience members will enjoy their adventure to meet the Wizard of Oz, played by TJ Burnett.

Other cast members include, by order of appearance, Auntie Em, played by Ashley Simpson; Uncle Henry, played Jon Noyola; Miss Almeria Gulch, played by Bobbi Gilmartin; the Trees, played by Bobbi Gilmartin, Ashley Simpson, Lexie Messer, and Jourdan Strakbein; the Jitterbugs, played by Calyn Willis, Sam Farmer, Joudran Strakbein, Ashley Simpson, Bobbi Gilmartin, Jon Beavers, and Jon Noyola; the Crows, played by Miles Fowler, Drake Xavier, and Cassandra Carlson; the Winkies, played by Kylie Commers, Teddie Smith, Mikyla Herman, and Drake Xavier; and the Poppies, played by Kylie Copmmers, Cassandra Carlson, Katie Han son, Michelle Wright and Jon Noyola.

Other performance dates include Saturday and March 24 through March 26 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Seating is reserved.

For more information call (509) 354-6551.

‘Blockfest’ at Garry

Children 8 and younger will have a chance to learn about math and science in a fun way at “Blockfest” on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garry Middle School, 725 E. Joseph Ave.

Blockfest is an interactive exhibit where kids learn while they play with blocks.

The event is free and sessions are held every hour. Registration is required.

Representatives from Spokane Public Schools will also be available to answer parents’ questions about kindergarten registration.

To register for Blockfest and for more information call (509) 209-2632 or e-mail blockfest@hotmail.com.

Rogers honored

Rogers High School, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave., will be honored on March 24 when the school is added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Washington Heritage Register at 7 p.m.

The commemoration will be attended by Mayor Mary Verner, Superintendent Nancy Stowell and School Board President Sue Chapin. Rogers’ Choir will open the event with the national anthem.

The ceremony will take place in the auditorium preceding Rogers Encore Drama’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Parenting class

Spokane Public Schools will offer Spokane parents an opportunity on March 26 to learn how to communicate more effectively with their children.

“Guiding Good Choices” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fellowship Church, 2102 E. Everett Ave. The program will help parents be aware of peer pressure and drugs and alcohol and teach them family management and communication skills that will help their children make the right choices.

The class is free and open to the public. Space is limited to 30 people.

To register and for more information, call Karen Miller at (509) 354-5640 or e-mail karenmi@ spokaneschools.org.

Education forum

Members of the community will have an opportunity to have their questions answered about Spokane Public Schools when “Educating Spokane” airs March 30 on KSPS, channel 7, at 7 p.m.

Sue Chapin, school board president, board directors Bob Douthitt and Jeff Bierman, along with Superintendent Nancy Stowell, will be available to answer questions and respond to comments from the public.

To ask a question call (509) 354-7711.

St. Paddy’s principal

On March 4, Grant Elementary Principal Mary Weber was surprised at a special assembly, announcing that she had been selected as Principal on Parade at Spokane’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

She was also told, along with the rest of her school, that Grant would receive a $1,000 donation from Spokane Teachers Credit Union and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, co-sponsors of the Principal on Parade contest. Weber was invited to ride in the parade with Christina Brown, the Grant fifth-grader who nominated her. According to a press release from STCU, Brown wrote in her nomination letter of her principal, “There’s 100,000,000 ways she’s good. She always smiles at you a lot, not a creepy smile but a nice kind smile. There’s only one Mrs. Weber in the USA.”

Hoops for Hope

The staff at Mt. Spokane and Mead high schools, along with Mountainside and Northwood middle schools, joined together Feb. 2 for the seventh annual Hoops for Hope cancer benefit basketball game.

Teachers battled against each other in good fun to raise funds for the Coaches vs. Cancer organization. This year’s benefit game raised approximately $5,139. Money was raised by Mt. Spokane’s DECA students and numerous local sponsors.

In the past seven years, Hoops for Hope has raised approximately $28,239 for Coaches vs. Cancer.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at raineyc@spokesman.com.

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