Bethany Performing Arts is pleased to announce that the Junior Production for The Wizard of Oz is well and truly underway. Auditions took place over two days and Charlotte Ensor has been cast as Dorothy Gale – a girl who is swept away from her family farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz.
Charlotte will be joined by Lorraine Bonsu, James Caney and Ben Caney as the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The Wizard of Oz would not be complete without a Wicked Witch of the West to bring chaos and mischief to the story and Lilly O’Donnell Hughes won that role.
Mr Alex Bolton, Executive Producer for the show and Director of Performing Arts, said: “As always the process was tough. We have so many talented performers that we had to make sure the audition process enabled us to make the right choice and we are delighted with the cast we have in place.”
The orchestra are also in rehearsal as they prepare to accompany the actors in well-known classics including: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”. Mr Jonathan Brinson is working closely with the orchestra to ensure the sound of the show is of the highest quality.
The Head of Music said: “We have invested in some state of the art resources resulting in our music pupils being able to record their work in a studio environment making the whole production more professional. Our musicians will be playing live on the night and therefore timing is imperative. Playing as an ensemble is so satisfying but equally challenging.”
The show cannot go on without the expert choreography of Mrs Rachel Payne, who is collaborating with the cast on some very complicated routines. The production intends to bring the magical world of Oz to life and the dance and movements of our pupils will help convey this message.
Tickets will be going on sale at the end of May and the first show will commence on 28th June and finishing on 29th June at 7pm in the Function Suite. We are very much looking forward to showcasing the talent we have here at Bethany.