In describing Perry Hall High School's spring musical, Martha Bingaman uses the word "humongous."
"The Wiz," playing March 1-4, includes a cast of more than 130, according to Bingaman, an English teacher and producer of the play. Music teacher John Pusateri is directing.
"It's the best show. It's fabulous. It's for all ages," Bingsman said. "It's a very modern rendition with a lot of interesting twists to it."
The soulful musical, an adaption of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was first produced in Baltimore in 1974.
Bingaman emphasized that the musical brings together several different groups. Student athletes were brought in to play flying monkeys, members of the step squad and break dancing club plan to dance on stage and the school principal and assistant principals are expected to make cameo appearances.
And Toto comes too. Expect to see a real dog scampering around at some point during the play.
Community members are encouraged to attend. Performances run at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door at $10 for adults and $7 for students.
Bingaman thanked the several local businesses that purchased advertising in the programs.
"Our community supported us like we have never been supported before," she said.
A full program and cast list is available under the photo gallery.