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Presenting “The Wizard of Oz”

Posted at 10:39 am on 10th December, 2019

Wellacre's Christmas Production

Wellacre students followed the yellow brick road for their Christmas production of the family classic “Wizard of Oz.”

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Budding actors, singers, musicians, stage designers and technicians from across all year groups were invited to be part of the annual production when Wellacre began making preparations in September for the three night run from Tuesday 3rd December till Thursday 5th December. 

Mrs Spencer, SENDCo/Music teacher, Miss Adams, Teacher of Performing Arts, and Mrs O’Neill, Leader of Humanities, led the production rehearsals, with several of Wellacre’s Autumn Co-Curricular clubs feeding in to the musical production, from the School of Rock’s guitar players to the Munchkin club for Year 7 students!

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Mrs Spencer said:

“Wellacre’s annual Christmas show is always a fantastic experience for students and we encouraged as many students as possible to take part in this year’s extravaganza in lots of different ways.

“Everyone involved showed phenomenal commitment to the show with after school rehearsals and plenty more practice in school, in the run up to the show and the end result was incredible.  We are so proud of the dedication of our boys!”

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The main cast featured Christian (Year 9) as Dorothy, Jake (Year 10) as Scarecrow, Thomas (Year 10) as Tin Man, Joe (Year 11) as Lion, Edward (Year 10) as Glinda and Nathan (Year 10) as the Wicked Witch. 

The audience enjoyed watching Kansas local girl, Dorothy, and her dog Toto, get caught up in a tornado and follow a magical journey to the land of Oz.

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The Wellacre community were delighted by the Christmas production and shared positive messages on social media.

One parent said:

“What a great show we saw tonight - Wizard of Oz at Wellacre! All the boys were fantastic and they are a credit to the school.”

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Another said:

“It was great and I loved that they tried very hard with the American accents!”

Wellacre’s new Teacher of PE, Mr Whitehead, commented:

“Everyone did a great job.  I was in awe of the acting, music and whole production. I didn't know what to expect from a school production but was really impressed with the quality!”

Organised by Wellacre’s Creative Arts Faculty, students took on roles as performers, backstage managers, orchestra members, lighting and sound technicians, and also were on hand to provide refreshments and coordinate fundraising for AfriTwin and Dogs Trust.  Wellacre staff supported the event both on and off stage, and the school welcomed several volunteers as part of the Wellacre orchestra and make-up team.  

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Principal, Miss Wicks, said:

“As usual, Wellacre’s Christmas production was a resounding success and shows the outstanding teamwork of everyone involved.  Creative Arts are so important to Wellacre; being involved in the production not only creates friendships and memories for life, but builds on students' confidence and resilience. I'm so proud of our students, they always rise to the challenge.”

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