We’re off to see the wizard

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St Brigid’s Col­lege is pre­par­ing to take a ‘time­less’ mu­si­cal to Hor­sham Town Hall stage.

More than 70 stu­dents, in­clud­ing cast and back-stage crew, will per­form three shows of their school’s pro­duc­tion of The Wizard of Oz from Au­gust 8 to 10.

Teacher Vicki Thomas said stu­dents were re­hears­ing four times a week, in­clud­ing oc­ca­sional week­end prac­tices, to bring to life the tra­di­tional mu­si­cal with ‘a mod­ern flavour’.

“Stu­dents are cer­tainly putting in the hours, and it’s show­ing. They are just in­cred­i­ble,” she said.

“The stu­dents are re­ally step­ping up and show­ing lead­er­ship. And all the staff, when talk­ing with the chil­dren, have no­ticed there is a re­ally good buzz and ex­cite­ment go­ing around.

“It’s a time­less mu­si­cal, and ev­ery­one knows the story and can get into it, but we’re also do­ing a sort of steam­punk style.”

Mrs Thomas said the use of an­i­mated pro­jec­tions would also pro­vide a mod­ern twist to the show, as well as a fe­male tap-danc­ing ‘Tin­man’, played by Grace Camil­leri.

Form­ing the rest of the mu­si­cal’s main quar­tet, Tahli Bur­ford will take on the lead role of Dorothy, Darcy Ho­gan will play the Scare­crow, and Har­riet Over­man will play the Lion.

“The dy­namic be­tween these four stu­dents is amaz­ing, they just bounce off each other, it is ex­actly why we chose them, ” Mrs Thomas said.

“You can re­ally see what all the stu­dents are get­ting out of it and we’ve got quite a spread of year levels. It re­ally helps chil­dren’s con­fi­dence, their abil­ity to re­late to oth­ers, as well as things like team­work.”

Peo­ple keen to see the land of Oz can buy tick­ets on­line at www.hor­sham­town­hall.com.au or by call­ing the box of­fice on 5382 9555.

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