Broadway Magic at OBMS

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Students’ creative interests were recently sparked with a hint of magic as Broadway star Carla Stickler recently paid Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School a visit.

Ms. Stickler, a native of Chicago, has been a featured player in a number of Broadway productions including the role of Elphaba in the hit Broadway show, “Wicked.” During her visit, she sang two wonderful songs from the show, then spent the rest of her time answering students’ questions and taking photos.

“Today's visit came about because of some bad luck with the weather,” said Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School music teacher Lauren Drinkwater.  “A snow day back in March prevented us from taking these students to Manhattan to see ‘Wicked,’ and so Carla graciously agreed to bring Broadway to us.”

Lauren Drinkwater, and her husband Brad Drinkwater, who teaches music at Connetquot High School, both attended New York University with Carla to study music.  

In addition to hearing Carla perform, the students learned some of the secrets behind the magic in the show and understood a bit more about what it takes to be a successful performer on Broadway.