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DOWNEY - Teachers and staff at West Middle School will perform "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday as it raises money for the school's drama department.
When drama teacher Andrea Pyle started at West seven years ago, there was only one drama class and a weekly drama club. Starting next year, Pyle will teach five drama classes: two sixth grade classes, one seventh grade class, a film-making class and an advanced acting class.
The school is constantly fundraising to support the programs.
"This year we were lucky enough to be given a $5,000 grant from the Dr. Mary Stauffer Foundation and that money was used to purchase new sound equipment," Pyle said.
The school also raises money through teacher performances. In the past, teachers have performed "Grease" and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."
In "The Wizard of Oz," all roles will be performed by teachers (except for the role of munchkins).
"We have teachers from all subjects, from math to social studies, and even our seventh grade counselor," said Pyle. "I will be playing the part of Dorothy."
Performances are scheduled for Friday, June 7, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. in West Middle School's cafeteria. For tickets, e-mail email@example.com.
All proceeds will go to West's drama program.