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By Kim Harris
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Temescal Canyon High School presents 'The Wizard of Flaws'


Last updated 3/14/2018 at 6:30pm


Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore will present "The Wizard of Flaws," March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. The play will be presented at the Jeanie Corral Performing Arts Centre.

"The Wizard of Flaws" is a comedy about an amateur production of a "Wizard of Oz" musical that goes hopelessly awry, creating theatrical mayhem that is sure to put a smile on theater goers' faces.

Tara Abell is directing the upcoming spring musical at TCHS.

"The Temescal Canyon High School theater is like an old friend to me," Abell said. "I opened the theater as a student in 1999."

Abell returned to the school after college to teach drama and English in 2007. She moved to Beverly Hills after getting married in 2012, eventually making her way back to Canyon Lake to be closer to family.

"I hadn't felt like myself since I left and it seemed like something was missing," she said. "I am a true, blue Titan through and through."

Abell said it feels good to be back at TCHS and that she is excited to work with the TC Spotlight players on the new production.

"Following the success of fall semester's, 'You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter,' the TCHS Spotlight Players are having a go at 'The Wizard of Oz,'" she said. 

Keeping with the same mischief theater-style, "The Wizard Of Flaws" will have the same comic itinerary as the fall show: collapsing sets, misplaced props, miss-timed cues, hopeless attempts to cover for mistakes that create a domino-effect of mishap, warring egos and ambition exceeding ability.

Join the students of Temescal Canyon High School as they attempt to stage a musical version of the classic Oz tale where, as the title suggests, everything that possibly could go wrong – does! The over-the-top cast struggle to keep the musical afloat, as the accident prone actors get into mischief and even the set seems to plot against them.

"The Wizard of Flaws" maintains the same beloved Oz characters and follows their journey from Kansas, to the Emerald City and back.

As props start to disappear, actors go missing and the set begins to malfunction, mayhem ensues; but the amateur TCHS Spotlight Players struggle on, against the odds. But will they ever make the final curtain? And at what cost?

"Fans of classic farce will find much to love in this comedy complete with slapstick humor, slamming doors and reluctant understudies. This show will appeal to anyone who has ever worked onstage or behind the scenes, giving a horrifying glimpse into the sheer number of hilarious mishaps that are prone to occurring," Abell said.

As a fast-paced musical comedy, this play suits all ages and is particularly recommended for people who love L. Frank Baum's story. The relaxed atmosphere and fast comedy is quick to poke fun at itself, and the physical humor means it can be enjoyed by a wide range of different ages and tastes.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 for students. For tickets and more information, call (951) 253-7250.

The Temescal Canyon Jeanie Corral Performing Arts Centre is located at 28755 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at [email protected]


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