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We're off to see the Wizard!

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THE LAST WEEK OF TERM saw the Junior Production, in which a staggering number of students took part. With over 70 members of the cast, 15 stage hands and crew members, and 20 musicians, The Wizard of Oz was one of the most ambitious projects that the school has undertaken. The quality of the performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday last week was high, and there was the addition of a matinée performance on the Wednesday afternoon this year, which was attended by 115 students and 9 staff from High View Primary School. They had smiles on their faces throughout and their great enjoyment from booing the witch was tangible. When leaving one young man remarked somewhat ironically 'Wilson's is great! You get to do drama all day; we just do maths and literacy'.

The splendid performances, which went from strength to strength, were slick; ever ready, the cast and principals conducted themselves with professionalism, and the months of hard work truly paid off. Each evening, the audience was delighted with the quality of the acting, choreography, costumes, make-up, singing, music, staging and lighting. After the final encore of We're off to see the Wizard came to a close on the final night of the performance, the principals gave a heartfelt 'thank you' to all those who were involved: the production would not have been possible had it not been for not only a number of dedicated staff, but also student helpers such as Gabriel Lumsden in Year 11, who stepped in to fill the role of the Lion with only two weeks to go before the show, following an unfortunate injury; Miles Robinson, an invaluable help with preparation of the professional-looking costumes and make-up; our former School Captain Chris Gotts, and his co-worker, Emmanuel Abebrese, who co-ordinated a large team to ensure that the sound, lighting, and scene changes were of the highest quality. These students, and all those who committed to the performances truly embraced the meaning of the school motto non sibi sed omnibus.

Thanks, too, go to all those parents who contributed clothing for costumes, and to all those who came to support. The students gained a great deal from the experience, and it is with very little doubt that the memories from the show will stay with them for a very long time indeed.

More photos can be seen here.

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