By Jessica Fox
The Christian Youth Theatre troupe will perform “The Wizard of Oz” at Carmel High School during the weekend of May 30.
The theatre troupe gives pre-school to high-school age students the opportunity to get involved with the production of wholesome family entertainment.
But according to the creative director of the performance, Tyler Hutchinson, this is not just a kids’ performance. The students involved can perform at a colligate level.
Hutchinson said that by working with the students, he gets to see them grow as performers, as well as spiritually.
The script of their performance is original, like the movie, but it still has a few twists added in to make it exciting for the audience. To better celebrate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” Christian Youth Theatre wanted to keep with tradition, Hutchinson said.
“I am very confident that this will be one of the best that CYT will have produced,” he said.
The student performers are very excited and confident as well, Hutchinson said. After coming in to practice every week, students really got the opportunity to bond and watch the whole artistic process come together.
Their production will even include a live pit orchestra consisting of performers from Carmel and Indianapolis.
Hutchinson said he is excited for the students to have such a great opportunity. He said the best part of being the artistic director of this performance was seeing how the performance has come together at the end.
Christian Youth Theatre partners with a nonprofit organization for every performance. This time they are collecting dog and cat treats for the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Anyone attending the show should feel free to bring some pet treats for donation.
“The Wizard of Oz” ● 7 p.m. May 30; 2 and 7 p.m. May 31; and 2 and 6:30 p.m. June 1 ● Carmel High School auditorium, 520 E. Main St. in Carmel ● Tickets start at $14 ● For more information call 661-1298 or visit www.cytindy.org.