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‘Securing Excellence in Schools and Academies’

Bewitching Performance of Wizard of Oz

Samworth Church Academy performing arts students have put on a bewitching performance of the musical, ‘Wizard of Oz’.


Students ranging from year's 7 to 13 took part with the lead role of Dorothy going to year 13 student Olivia Bonser-Storey, who has taken part in every school production working her way up to the lead role. Student Lucy Kealey, Year 9, also made a splash in her role as the wicked witch. This was her first foray into a school production and she certainly held her own against the seasoned professionals, said Caroline Ashley, Team Leader of Performing Arts. “The show was a fantastic success. Students performed to sell out audiences on two nights along with a matinee show for primary schools and members of our retired community.  The audiences all commented on the professionalism and talent on display and I would have to agree!


“The role of Toto was played by Ethan Bacon whose comedy portrayal and on-stage comedy chemistry with Ronny Day, Sean Smith and Adam Combes-Beastall as Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man, had the audience in stitches. The primary children all loved Toto especially.”


The production had a spectacular steam punk inspired costume and set design that were all hand made by performing arts and design technology staff including an impressive farm wind turbine and steam punk rainbow.


Caroline said she was proud of everyone who took part, from the stage performers, to backstage support. “The annual production really is an important calendar event and is just another example of how we strive to enrich the cultural and creative experiences for our young people. We saw incredible dancers, actors and musicians create work that was equal to that of older professionals. A real example of how dedication and hard work really does pay off!”