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‘Oz’ plays brings high schools together
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From left, Faith Ozenbaugh (Glinda), Raymond Martinez (Tin Man), Jacob Camper (Lion), Gabrielle Martin (Dorothy), Allie (Toto), Madison Daly (Scarecrow) and Megan Bos (the Wicked Witch). - photo by VINCE REMBULAT / The Bulletin

In L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Glinda has an antagonist in the Wicked Witch of the West.

Faith Ozenbaugh, who plays the Good Witch of the South in this Cornerstone Community Theater Manteca production of the classic, and Megan Bos, wearing green hand facial and hand makeup in the role of the infamous character, are anything but that.

Both were teammates on the Southern League-champion Ripon Christian High volleyball squad under coach Jocelyn Benzinger.

“Outside of volleyball, theater is a large part of what I enjoy doing,” said Bos, who is a first-timer to the Cornerstone Community Theater production under the direction of Michealle Hoag and assistant director / stage manager Bailey Dokoozlian.

Ditto that for Ozenbaugh, who served as a setter for the Knights – she returns to the RC volleyball squad for her senior campaign.

Incidentally, her father is the former head RC football coach, Trey Ozenbaugh.

“I was open to playing anything,” said Faith Ozenbaugh, who was thrilled at the chance of playing the good witch Glinda.

Bos appeared to be having a field day playing the Wicked Witch, as evident during Tuesday’s dress rehearsal. She’s especially looking to opening night for The Wizard of Oz.

That’s 7 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Community Church located at 17900 Comconex Road in Manteca.

Performances will also be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Cost is $15 for preferred seating and $10 for general seating.

Some of the other cast members are also active at their respective schools.

Madison Daly, in the role of the Scarecrow, is a sophomore at East Union High, where she played basketball and tennis.

Raymond Martinez, who is a sophomore at Sierra High, plays the Tin Man. He’s been involved in volleyball and water polo.

Jacob Camper as the Cowardly Lion attends RC, where he’s looking forward to the upcoming football season.

Gabrielle Martin is an honor student at Ripon High. She’s starring in her first lead role as Dorothy Gale.

Martin, who is a sophomore, had the task of becoming acquainted with her fury cast member named Allie (Toto), a toy poodle belonging to Raymond Martinez and his sister Isabella Martinez, who play Aunt Em.

“We bonded not too long after we met,” Martin said.

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