‘The Wiz’ at ACG Par­nell Col­lege

Central Leader - - Education & Training -

Stu­dents at ACG Par­nell Col­lege are work­ing hard af­ter school and at week­ends on this year’s mu­si­cal ‘The Wiz’, a mod­ern adap­ta­tion of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

The show is set in New York with mu­sic and lyrics by Char­lie Smalls, and was one of the most pop­u­lar mu­si­cals in Amer­ica. It won Tony Awards for Best Mu­si­cal and Best Orig­i­nal Score. Di­rec­tor Glen Pick­er­ing is very pleased with the en­thu­si­asm and tal­ent of the stu­dents and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Ja­son te Mete en­sures the songs are pro­duced loud and clear and with de­light­ful har­monies.

The mem­bers of ‘The Wiz’ band are re­hears­ing with gusto! They form a mini-or­ches­tra com­pris­ing vi­o­lins, cel­los, sax­o­phones, flutes, trum­pets and lots of per­cus­sion, per­formed by ACG Par­nell Col­lege Stu­dents past and present and staff mem­bers Miss Rogers (ex­pert trum­peter) and Ja­son te Mete on the key­board.

They re­hearse each Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and Miss Rogers en­sures their en­ergy lev­els are high with a mem­ber of the band or­gan­ised to pro­vide home bak­ing for af­ter­noon tea at each re­hearsal.

Miss Rogers re­ports: “As a band we like to re­hearse karaoke style with the mu­sic CD be­fore go­ing it alone. So far we think we sound pretty good and look for­ward to join­ing with the singers soon. The mu­sic is all jazz/funk/Mo­town and great to groove to!

“We are plan­ning on var­i­ous dress codes for the per­for­mances: see if you can guess the ‘quirk of the night’ when you see us at the fi­nal per­for­mances!”

‘The Wiz’ per­forms three nights at 7pm on Septem­ber 23-24-25 in the Par­nell Col­lege The­atre (ac­tu­ally the gym, but un­recog­nis­able with sound and lighting in­stalled pro­fes­sion­ally!) 2 Ti­toki St, Par­nell. Phone 308 1666 to en­joy a night of great en­ter­tain­ment!

Re­hears­ing the groove: Band mem­bers re­hearse the jazz/funk/Mo­town score of The Wiz.

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