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Off to see the 'Wizard'

One of the Glendale Union High School District's treasured teachers is retiring after 30 years of casting, directing and producing - and sometimes holding sets together with duct tape and a prayer.

But before she leaves, 54-year-old Esta Rosevear and her Greenway High School students are putting on the production of a lifetime: The Wizard of Oz. One of the original "Munchkins" who appeared in the 1939 movie, Margaret Pelligrini, will be the guest of honor for opening night on Tuesday. Pelligrini has been invited to take the stage 15 minutes before curtain and tell tales of life in the Technicolor world of Munchkin Land.

Follow the yellow brick road.

"One of my lifelong dreams has been to really see this country," Rosevear said. "I have glaucoma and multiple sclerosis, and there's no way to know when life might become difficult. I want to eat lobster in Maine, watch a Florida sunset, visit Yosemite Valley and see a bit of Canada."

February 27, 2004 in people | Permalink

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