April Interactive Readings: Wizard of Oz

What I Learned on My Journey to See the Wizard of Oz

Posted 27 April 2016 12:00 AM by Adriana Ray

In such a large and diverse city as Boston, the Interactive Reading Program through the Citi Performing Arts Center reminds me of the beautiful notion that we are as alike as we are different. Over the course of our series of readings on The Wizard of Oz, I have been warmly welcomed into neighborhood community centers by the smiling faces of our future- the children, whose willingness to join us as we "followed the yellow brick road" with Dorothy and her friends taught me more about myself than I could have imagined. Their honest answers about why the Tin Man needs a heart remind me of how important it is to love and be loved. Their definitions of what it means for the Lion to be brave reflect the everyday depictions of selflessness modeled by their parents and loved ones. To these students, Scarecrow's desire for a brain is so that he can learn, something we should never stop doing. And the comfort of home that Dorothy so earnestly seeks comes as no surprise when you see the friendships these students share.

I am incredibly honored for every opportunity I have to work with students. The Interactive Readings Program has been a thoughtful and heart-warming experience that I will cherish.

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