Opening night success for The Wizard of Oz

Posted In Creative, Dance, Drama, Music

Bethany Performing Arts raised the curtain on The Wizard of Oz on Thursday 28th June, demonstrating excellent performances by pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9. The 200-strong audience were whisked away to the magical land of Oz and witnessed show-stopping performances from Year 8 pupil Charlotte Ensor as Dorothy, Year 9 twins James and Ben Caney as the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion respectively, and by Year 9 pupil Lorraine Bonsu as the Scarecrow.

The story took our heroes to meet The Wizard of Oz, expertly played by Year 9 pupil Katelyn Malaugh, whose voice was disguised until her big entrance near the end of the show. The supporting cast was exceptional, with Dance Scholars learning some complicated routines that were delivered superbly. The Orchestra, led by Ian Harby, supported the songs and added a finishing touch with the help of our musicians, also from the Year 7 to Year 9 age group.

Alex Bolton, Director of Performing Arts, said: “The evening was a delight to watch. It’s such a privilege to see the pupils’ efforts pay off on stage. The cast was confident, the orchestra superb and the teaching staff gave their all in ensuring this year’s production was another successful show.”

It is clear that the Performing Arts provision at Bethany School provides pupils with an opportunity to develop their talents as well as to enjoy the productions that are organised. Auditions for next year’s Whole School production in February will take place in the Drama Studio on Monday 3rd September and post-production is already underway. We look forward to sharing the title of the show in the next few weeks.

The Wizard of Oz concluded on Friday 29th June in The Assembly Hall.

Take a look at some action shots here.