Students involved in the All Saints community of school’s 2015 musical performance will tackle classic tale The Wizard of Oz with their hearts, mind and a little courage.
Cast and production members from All Saints Catholic Boys’ and Girls’ colleges got a preview of life as it will be when the schools’ Year 7 to 10 students merge next year. They were joined by students from All Saints Catholic Primary, also on the Liverpool site, who took on the roles of munchkins, winged monkeys and forest trees in the play.
Drama teacher and musical director Sue Foxcroft said about 50 students were involved in the production including a media and promotions team and a group from the boys’ college who designed and painted the yellow brick road and other set pieces.
Kirrily Chidgey is Dorothy, complete with ruby slippers. She is joined on stage by peers Jane Hoang as Toto, Badwi Taouk as Scarecrow, Maryou Nakhla as tin Man and Kira Rosch as Lion. Nikita D’Souza has gone green as the Wicked Witch. Sara Bachich, who plays Glinda the Good Witch, made her costume in her Year 10 textiles class. She also raps some of her songs.
Mrs Foxcroft said the production helped to free and facilitate the students’ creativity.
“Everybody has had a role,” she said. “It’s very much about kids having ownership of the production – they’re proud of it and know that it is done with their ideas.
“It’s also developing those skills in stage craft. A lot of them have never done any public speaking, so for them to have that experience and get that confidence to get up on stage … you can see they are really growing in terms of their self-esteem and self-efficacy.
“Because all year groups are involved they get to make friends across the school as well. They’ve become like a family and they look out for each other and are very supportive of each other.”
The students rehearsed for up to four hours each week of Term 3 to be ready for opening night. “It’s such a feel-good show. Hopefully it puts a smile on everyone’s face,” Mrs Foxcroft said.
The Wizard of Oz is on Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25, from 6.30pm. Tickets are $2.