We’re off to see the wizard
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.