Priscilla Montgomery Clark visits the Maple Youth Ballet

OC Register 2016

Maple Youth Ballet gets visit from original member of 1939 ‘Wizard of Oz’ movie cast at rehearsal

IRVINE – Members of the Maple Youth Ballet had a special guest attend their rehearsal on Sunday.

The Irvine-based pre-professional ballet company has been preparing for its spring production, a reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz,” taking place March 26.

Priscilla Montgomery Clark, a member of the cast of the original 1939 film, shared stories with the cast about her time as a child actor, according to Maple Youth Ballet Executive Director Kathy Krade.

Clark, who lives in Orange County, was 9 when she acted in the movie as a Munchkin.

Charles Maple, studio artistic director, said it was “an honor to have (Clark) participate in our rehearsal and meet our entire cast.”

She told members of the cast that while she was not nervous to be on the film set, she was frightened by the Wicked Witch of the West – until she got to know her, that is.

“Out of character, she was just the nicest person,” Clark recalled Sunday.

Maple Youth Ballet’s production, choreographed by Maple, is based on the novel by L. Frank Baum.

“It was an honor and a pleasure to have Priscilla share in our production,” Maple said. “Her spirit and love for this story are so strong, and it was wonderful for our dancers to listen to her stories and perform for her.”

Originally posted on the Orange County Register
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