HALSTEAD — Colorful hats sat perched on the seats in the back rows of Halstead High School's auditorium on Monday, intended for the heads of dozens of children performing as Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz Jr."
But it was not quite time to don costumes yet, as the children were focused on reviewing choreography to the musical's songs being taught to them by Claire Clifford.
In fact, the only one wearing a hat was Dominique Schutte, with the headpiece's silver color marking her as the Tin Man.
"We're going to get fitted (for costumes) sometime this week," Dominique Schutte said.
The Schutte family will be well represented on stage, with four sisters on stage together for "The Wizard of Oz Jr." Daya, 4, plays a Munchkin, while older sisters Drihanna and Dalaina act as Toto and the Cowardly Lion, respectively.
"I wanted to be the Lion, so it turned out well," Dalaina Schutte said.
"She (Dalaina) is really funny," Dominique Schutte said.
The show also stars Evyn Moore as Dorothy Gale, who will follow the yellow brick road despite having a broken left hand; after all, the show must go on.
"I love it; it's a lot of fun," Moore said.
Clifford leads Halstead Recreation Department's summer theater program, directing a cast of 72 children.
"We do have a few kids involved who attend school in Haven but actually live in Bentley; we also have a few kids from Newton area and attend school at St. Mary's," Clifford said.
No matter where they come from, the children are dedicated to making "The Wizard of Oz Jr." a sight to see.
"The students have worked really hard to make the musical their own and make each part of the musical special," Clifford said. "They practice not only at rehearsals but also at home and in their neighborhoods. They really are so dedicated to making it great."
At the beginning, not every child knew the story of Dorothy Gale's journey to Oz.
"Several students had seen it, but it was a wonderful opportunity for those who haven't to get to know the show," Clifford said.
The Schutte sisters said they wanted to be in "The Wizard of Oz Jr." because they liked the movie.
"It's just a classic," Dominique Schutte said.
"It's funny," Dalaina Schutte said. "It's entertaining."
"The Wizard of Oz Jr." will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Halstead High School Auditorium, 520 W. Sixth St. in Halstead. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted.