An elementary school presented a dual language production of The Wizard of Oz, where the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow all spoke Spanish and the other characters spoke English.
According to teacher director Amy Dunn, this is the first time that T.O. Smith Elementary School is putting on a dual language play. They are one of four elementary schools in Ogden Utah offering dual language immersion programs.
Because of the tremendous interest in the play, roles were multiply cast. There were five Dorothy’s during the run of the play, four Scarecrows and two Lions, but just one Tin Man.
“Seeing how excited they are, it’s so worth it,” Dunn said.
Fifth grader Keltin Thompson played one of the Scarecrows. He wasn’t fazed at all with having to say his lines in Spanish, as he has become familiar with the language in dual immersion classes.
“I’m excited how we’re doing the play, we’re onstage getting everything ready and getting the whole play done,” he said. “I’m excited everybody is going to like it.”