Last term young performers at Honiton Community College produced a stunning 3 night run of 'The Wizard of Oz'. Amelia Hibbert took on the lead role of Dorothy, perfectly cast as the sweet and charming girl from Kansas. Dorothy's travelling companions along the Yellow Brick Road were Jack Haigh as the Scarecrow, Callum Abbott as the Tin Man and Joseph Binmore as the Lion. Rounding off the main cast were Zara Sillitoe as Glinda (The Good Witch), Tom Hatcher as the Wizard and Jordanna Mason as the Wicked Witch. The vibrant ensemble all gave fresh life to their classic characters and each are worthy of a special mention!
The show also featured a chorus of marvellous Munchkins and a host of other colourful characters. The familiar, toe-tapping musical numbers were played beautifully by the college band led by Chris Carter, Head of Music.
The colourful costumes, set, oversized props and scenery were dazzling - a real feast for the eyes! Everything about the production was magical from the moment the lights came up and the curtain went down.
Marc Culwick, Head of Drama said, "I would like to thank all the students who took part in the show. They have dedicated an impressive amount of time, skill and focused effort, to bringing 'The Wizard of Oz' to the College. Character building and independent learning is central to the educational ethos of the Drama Department, aiming to give students the confidence and resilience to stand on their own two feet in the world. I am delighted I have witnessed students taking on the challenge of directing, set painting, choreography, stage management, make- up, lighting and sound. The college has always offered students the experience of developing their creative, people and team skills through the participation in drama. All students get an insight into the subject at Key Stage 3 and have been able to refine their skills through GCSE to A Level. The college shows provide a great training ground for the students in developing these skills and experience. It is always a joy to see students really blossom as performers and self-confident individuals".