MATTHEWS – Covenant Day School plans to put a modern twist on a classic story in its production of “Wizard of Oz” this week.
CDS will be one of the first area high schools to completely use digital animated projections as the backdrop for its musical.
Faculty Director Barbara Chase said they were necessary, as CDS has a small stage without any wings and “Oz” has more than 20 scenes – many which drastically differ from one another. Many of the projections have moving parts, which she believes will add to the “movie at the theater” vibe.
“To stage something like that is a director’s challenge,” Chase said. “So, our thought was to make our sets look like what’s in the screen, and let’s give our audience a chance to look at backdrops that move like a movie.”
CDS had to buy special projectors to use the rented projections. Chase hopes to use the technology in the future.
“I see us trying to find different ways to incorporate (technology) in all different areas of the arts program – whether it be visual arts, the music (or) with our band and choral programs,” Fine Arts Director Sherie Beth Wilson said.
However, Wilson doesn’t want the technology to overshadow the students and the play’s message.
“I feel like the digital and some of the features we’ll be using is not really going to change the true meaning of the story,” Wilson said. “It’s supposed to come alongside it and help it bring that story to life for the audience.”
She hopes the digital presentation will help draw younger crowds and improve the audience experience.
Although tickets are sold out, Wilson said the community can be on the lookout for last-minute tickets. Email Wilson at SWilson@covenantday.org for details.