Wiz­ard of Oz with a twist

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REX­INE HAWES

St Josephs Catholic School is host­ing a school pro­duc­tion with a wee twist on an old favourite.

Over the Rain­bow, writ­ten and di­rected by Jemma Van Eijk is a play on The Wiz­ard of Oz.

The story is based around Clara who is is try­ing to dis­cover her val­ues. The peo­ple and char­ac­ters she meets sets her on a jour­ney of self dis­cov­ery.

This is Van Eijk’s third pro­duc­tion for the school.

The pro­duc­tion is a mu­si­cal, and Van Eijk says each song has a mes­sage, adds colour and a lot of fun.

‘‘It’s such a cool thing to do. I love work­ing with the kids and I’ve al­ways loved the arts, do­ing some­thing like this and see­ing the end prod­uct is so neat. Kids will look back and think ‘I was part of that’.’’

All 24 of the school’s stu­dents are in­volved, with prin­ci­pal Yvonne Mar­shall also act­ing on stage.

Van Eijk says it is neat to see and work with five year olds in the cast, it is their first pro­duc­tion.

‘‘We are com­ing to the end of re­hearsals and they are get­ting very ex­cited.‘‘

The pro­duc­tion, on Septem­ber 13 and 14 start­ing at 7pm, is open to the pub­lic, door sales are avail­able and those who don’t want to miss out can get in early by pur­chas­ing a ticket from the of­fice.

Tick­ets are $10 for adults or $5 for pri­mary/in­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents.

‘‘Do­ing some­thing like this and see­ing the end prod­uct is so neat. Kids will look back and think ’I was part of that’.’’

REX­INE HAWES

St Josephs School Mata­mata pro­duc­tion cast Es­ther James, Talia Leggett, Peepi Kaukau, Maia Franklyn, Jack­son Don­der­winkel and Seth Schuler.

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