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B-8 THE NEWS, Frederick, Maryland s, mt 3 AN IMPORTANT PART of any theatrical production is the crew backstage. Wining hands wield paintbrushes here as scenery begins to take shape. AS THE PLAY NEARS its denouement Wizard Wayne Wars awards the Scarecrow his brain; the Tin Man his heart; and the Lion, his courage. Harmony Grove Students Present Wizard Of Oz' COSTUME DESIGN for the familiar Tin man. Scarecrow, and cowardly Lion was somewhat complicated. Here Mrs. Sue Ward makes an adjustment to the costume of the.Tin man, John House and. ART TEACHER, Nancy Graham adds some more "stuffin" to the Scarecrow. DURING AN EARLY REHEARSAL, music teacher, Peg Russell provides the accompaniment using an electric piano; while the boys and girls of the chorus study their lyrics. 'Â·We're off to see the Wizard - the wonderful Wizard of Oz!" On Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m., the children of Harmony Grove School "followed the yellow brick road to the merry old land of Oz" as they presented their annual May Day program. Over the past several years this effort by the retarded children of Frederick County has been warmly received by their families and 1 by citizens of the community. A culminating activity of the school curriculum, this performance is the product of special teaching methods used to educate the children in basic skills and concepts, tt permits the .children to realize a'degree of creative accomplishment and the feeling that their efforts are being appreciated by others. ~ The program is a meaningful learning experience for the children. During the weeks of practice they understand the purpose of learning certain skills and they can envision a goal within their reach. The various areas of the curriculum which are incorporated include; language development, music, arts and crafts, and physical education. .Children have been busy learning lyrics to songs - unaware they are also improving language skills, developing auditory perception and memory, and discriminating between sound and tempo. For the retarded child, large muscle training is best provided through bodily rhythms. As the ~ children practice dances for the program they not only derive pleasure and satisfaction from active play, but see a reason for learning to hop, skip and slide. In arts and crafts it becomes purposeful for them to paint trees for the scenery, make paper - mache rocks, and build a throne for the Wizard. Without realizing it, they are developing eye - hand coordination, increasing their attention span, following directions, and improving their emotional well-being. From active participation in this program, the children at Harmony Grove learn to work as members of a group toward a common goal. They learn the advantages of beingproductive and the need for good work habits and attitudes. Social development and an awareness of others is a natural outgrowth of the interaction between the faculty and students who work together. "Somewhere over the rainbow" is Rock Creek Center - a facility to meet the needs of all handicapped children of Frederick County. Until this dream becomes a reality the children and staff of Harmony Grove will continue to work together to promote the dignity of the retarded individual in this community. The accompanying photos, taken during costume fitting, scene construction and dress rehearsal, as well as the actual performance, show how enthusiastically the children attack this annual project. DOROTHY, THE HEROINE, (Deborah Tyeryar) and her faithful companion, Toto, the dog, (David Click) sing as they skip along the yellow brick road. TRADITIONALLY, a King and Queen of the May are selected and preside over the Harmony Grove May Day Festi- vaL T Here, this year's monarchs, Jerry Cool and Joanne Crummitt, walk to their throne. A RAPT AUDIENCE enjoyed the play and the beautiful May rSPAPERI weather (especially arranged by Mrs. Doris Remsberg. principal of Harmony Grove School.) LADIES OF THE LOLLIPOP CLUB(center)flankedbyassorted Munchkins, "do their thing" at dress rehearsal.