A production of the classic musical "The Wizard of OZ" must have an Auntie Em that audiences care for and find a bit amusing. The iconic role is a bit headstrong and is certainly not afraid to stand up against the rude Miss Gulch when Toto is in danger.
The Media Theatre found just that person in Amber Duncan, 14, of Wallingford. In the youth version of the show based on the legendary 1939 cinematic treasure, Duncan portrays Auntie Em with all of the bravura a teenager is able to muster.
Amber has been involved with the theatre as both student of the New School (4 years) and performer since 2008. Since the age of 9, she has been seen in more than 22 shows in the Youth Series, Teen Camp and played the role of Louisa in the theatre’s Broadway series production of The Sound of Music. Highlights of Amber’s performances at the theatre include playing Mother Wolf in Jungle Book, the Magic Mirror in Snow White, JIP in Dr. Dolittle, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and as one of the Over the Moon Girls in the youth production of Rent.
In addition to her play appearances at the Media Theatre, Amber performed in the 2013 Roger Ricker Concert and the Media Theatre Glee Experience. In 2011 Amber won the Camp Media Theatre Growth Award for Acting and Theatrical Skills.
A versatile actress, singer and dancer, Amber played the principal role of Becky earlier this year in Prom Moms, an improv comedy video produced by the People’s Improv Theatre of New York City. A former student at the St. John Chrysostom School in Wallingford, Amber was a regular in the school’s annual productions. She played leads in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. and School House Rock Live Jr., also appearing in the 2011 Catholic Diocese Concert of Excellence at the Kimmel Center.
Amber’s interests include the visual arts, as well as playing guitar. Aside from her interests in the arts, she loves science. No word yet on whether she has found out what exactly causes a Kansas cyclone, but audiences may see her deal with one from now through November 17! "The Wizard of OZ" plays Saturday mornings at 11am and Sundays at Noon.
To get swept away, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org