Campers from performing arts nonprofit Local Motions, 6272 W. North Ave, gave their rendition of the popular 1978 film The Wiz on Aug. 2 at Amundsen Park in north Austin. For the past month, Local Motions’ founder D’Lana O’Neal coached the young performers, ranging from 3 to 16 years old. They spent their days singing, dancing and rehearsing lines for the big day.

Friends, family and residents eased on out to relive their past with such memorable characters as the Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow. For most of the cast this was their first time performing; they feel that this is the starting point to their careers.

“The play was great. I want to thank Ms D’Lana for a great show and my family for supporting me,” said Natalie Escalera, who played Dorothy.

Casana Oji, who played one of the munchkins, added: “I felt scared but I liked it. I never been in a play before. I always sing and danced so this was pretty cool. Next time I want to do it at a high school.”

The cast and staff at Local Motions wanted to thank those who came and supported the show. This is their forth year performing and was one of the biggest turnouts they’ve had.

“It felt great. This is my first time on stage so this was a memorable experience. This will be something I can look back and show my grandchildren one day,” Darius Patton, who played the Tin Man.

Parent Ora Thompson thought the event was awesome.

“Although parents always say it was the best one after every show; but this was seriously the best one yet,” she said.

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