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After the success of previous productions including We Will Rock You, The Lion King, Through the Looking Glass and Billy Elliot, students at Banbury Academy are once again hard at work rehearsing for their annual summer musical. This year, the school is taking a trip down the yellow brick road as they perform the timeless classic – The Wizard of Oz!
Thirty talented students ranging from Year 7 to Year 13 make up the musical’s cast and team. They have been working hard over the last four months, taking part in rehearsals consisting of acting, singing and dancing.
This year, the cast has a few extra surprises in store as they are joined on stage not only by a real dog as Toto, but also by the school’s Principal, Sylvia Thomas, who will be playing the role of the Wizard himself!
Ben Coleman, the school’s Drama teacher, is once again directing the production, whilst Head of Music, Lynda Webb, takes charge of the vocals and the live orchestra.
“After the success of last year’s production of Through the Looking Glass, we were excited to give the students an exciting new challenge.
“We are so thrilled to have the Principal of Banbury Academy, Sylvia Thomas, joining the cast on stage. She has attended rehearsals with the cast and has been actively involved throughout the entire process.
“At Banbury Academy we ask our students to try something new, and what better way to lead by example than by having the Principal join us in our production.
“Having her on stage shows the school’s commitment and dedication to the arts and the theatre! I don’t think there are many head teachers out there who would do it!”
The production team is also made up of students, with Year 13 pupils Amelia Haverson choreographing the production, and Owen Vint operating the sound.
“The team have worked incredibly hard to create another exciting musical.
“With talented performers, a live band, student technicians and student set designers, the pupils involved are a true testament to the talent on offer at Banbury Academy.”
The Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy as she is whisked away from Kansas to the magical world of Oz!
Whilst avoiding the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy must travel down the yellow brick road to beg the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to get her home. With the help of The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Cowardly Lion, Dorothy must brave a number of obstacles if she is ever to return home to her beloved Aunt Em.
The production takes place at Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy and runs from Wednesday 5th July 2017 until Saturday 8th July 2017 at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.
Tickets are available to purchase online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/banburyacademy or from the Banbury Academy Reception. £10 for adults, £8 for concessions, £30 Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Concessions).
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