Yet another successful performance by our students! Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 pulled together and performed in the extraordinary musical Wizard of Oz. All the students have been working very hard over the past term rehearsing in their own time to make the show the high quality production that is was. None of this could have happened without the hard work of Mrs Guppy, Mr Taylor and several other teachers who also gave of their own time. With a total of 52 students on stage it was really a whole school effort, not to mention over 23 students who helped in the technical team, art team, props, makeup/hair, front of house, prompting and in the band! Everyone worked together to create a spectacular show which impressed the large audiences.
Imogen Davies captured the audience with her role as Dorothy, singing the well known song 'Over the Rainbow' bringing smiles to the faces of the whole audience. A very convincing scarecrow was played by Steph McClaren, who really put her all into the character and got a great response from the audience. Charlie Sturdy's Tin Man was adored by all as he took the role on and made it his very own, creating an amazing and much-loved character. The Cowardly Lion shook the audience with David Sims as the wimpy lion, setting off fits of giggles in the crowd. The Wizard of Oz himself was played by Jake Sayer who had the perfect voice for the role and with his flattering pyjamas took over the stage when he was revealed. The Quantock News Team always got the audience smiling as soon as the audience noticed they were about to speak, knowing there were laughs to come. Of course, we must mention Toto the dog, played by a real life jack russell who took his star role very seriously, producing an outstanding performance with the whole audience falling in love with him. There are, without a doubt many characters who deserve a mention but there simply would not be enough room so congratulations to the whole cast who all did a marvellous job!
The scenery was painted by a Year 10 Art team with help from Mr Heath. The set was done to a very good quality with many different colours and a great attention to detail. It really helped bring the performance together. A lot of effort was also put in by the technical team with lighting, smoke machine; even a projector which could be viewed by the audience. All of this really brought the performance to life with realistic effects amazing all. Not only was there a very high standard of acting but also of dancing and singing with many brave students singing solo parts with such confidence and volume that it surprised the audience. The orchestra was marvellous with Mr Taylor leading several students, teachers as well as other helpers; it really brought the show to a climax at vital moments and received many compliments following each show. However we cannot forget to mention the remarkable dance routines choreographed by Mrs Malessa and Mrs Clark. It was a joy to watch with one audience member saying after the opening night "My face was hurting as I drove home from smiling for 2 hours from ear to ear!"
Many family and friends commented that it was very professional and simply amazing. Not only was it extremely enjoyable to watch but also to take part in with some of the students involved saying "It was fun to meet new friends!" Another said "The Adrenalin rush from performing was really exhilarating!" It was clear that everyone had a wonderful time on stage and off as we could see their beaming faces as they performed to the best of their ability pleasing the whole audience.
All in all it was a very successful week of performing and everyone involved is now having a well deserved rest as they recover from a very tiring term but also look forward to what next year's performances could hold! I am sure that all the students are very grateful to all the teachers who helped them throughout the term and on the nights. Congratulations to everyone who took part, the show was incredible and we all look forward to next year.