Appreciative audiences were treated to a pair of distinct shows recently by student performers from Studio D in New Milford.

On May 12 and 13, Studio D presented two stagings each of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Snow White -- In Motion" at New Milford High School.

"We are working to bring the arts, dance and positive experiences to the community at large," said Studio D director Rebecca Anderson Darling, "through our classes and our performances."

"The Wizard of Oz" was performed twice by about 170 students to a total audience of perhaps a 1,000.

"Snow White -- In Motion" was done by around 140 students for an audience of about 900 people for its two shows.

"We have grown so much," explained Ms. Darling, "that we decided to create two new productions this year in accommodation of our growing student body."

Ms. Darling directed the presentations, with assistance from Ginny Zellner, Gina Silva and Maxine Parsons, and choreography contributed by the dance school's instructors.

Dances were performed to music as diverse as Phillip Glass, Radio Head and Pink Floyd.

The shows also marked the farewell to Studio D for three seniors graduating this year who have been with the school since it opened in 2004.

"[They] were in our first production of "The Wizard of Oz" when we did it with a much smaller cast," recalled Ms. Darling.

Carlie Silva, Salena Monaco and Evan Ackerman have been performing with Studio D for eight years and have also been members of the dance company, Momentum/Rebecca Anderson Darling and Company, performing with Ms. Darling for the past three years in outside projects.

The trio was featured in this spring's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" -- Carlie as the Wicked Witch, Evan as the Wizard and Salena as Dorothy.

"These girls have been powerful role models for the younger, up and coming dancers at the school," praised Ms. Darling.

Three other seniors are graduating: Kylie Costello, Marissa Pitts of Shepaug Valley High School and Agelica DeFreitas.