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The Oz Project Performs “The Wizard of Oz”

The cast and crew of the Oz Project

The cast and crew of the Oz Project

— Lions, scarecrows and munchkins, oh my! The Oz Project presented its production of “The Wizard of Oz” last Sunday at the Palace theatre in Hamilton. Relatives and friends came to see the original stage interpretation of the story featuring children from Hamilton, Cazenovia, Ostic Valley and Madison.

The performance was a culmination of an eight-week collaborative effort between Colgate students enrolled in an Education Studies class whose focus was the Oz Project, Sheila Clonan, program director and assistant professor of Educational Studies at Colgate University, and the “munchkins,” which is what the children of the Oz Project call themselves.

At the heart of the Oz Project is an effort to include all children in the collaborative effort of the production. The “munchkins” consist of children from ages four to 15, some of whom have special needs and some of whom are typically developing.

“The real beauty of the program is the way the kids come together as a group and learn to appreciate and value that we all interact with the world in different ways,” said Clonan. “The typically developing kids got as much, if not more, from the program as the differently-abled kids.”

For more information about The Oz Project, visit sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/the-oz-project-2013, see the April 16 article “Colgate University’s ‘The Oz Project’ educates and inspires young students” on cazenoviarepublican.com or contact Sheila Clonan at sclonan@colgate.edu.

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