Heritage College Lake Macquarie stages The Wizard of Oz

WIZARDRY: Dorothy (Phoebe Tappouras), with Tinman (Felix Tappouras)  and Scarecrow (Jackson Melman) in 'The Wizard of Oz'. Picture: Supplied

WIZARDRY: Dorothy (Phoebe Tappouras), with Tinman (Felix Tappouras) and Scarecrow (Jackson Melman) in 'The Wizard of Oz'. Picture: Supplied

WHEN Heritage College Lake Macquarie, at Morisset, says staging the musical The Wizard of Oz was a big production, they aren’t kidding.

Almost all of the school’s 200 students were involved.

“Students were either acting, singing, dancing or assisting with props back stage or selling programs front of house,” teacher James Lynch told the Lakes Mail.

Mr Lynch said students had a fantastic time staging the musical at Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre.

“It was the first musical that the school has put on for 10 years, and it was received very well. We’ve been hearing raving reviews all week.”

Among the audience were members of Central Coast Conservatorium. 

“We had a lot of people attend from the Gosford Conservatorium and they were very impressed with the professional standard of the performance,” Mr Lynch said. 

“The teachers were also impressed by how the students extended the boundaries of what everyone thought was possible.

“Many who attended the show commented that the standard was almost that of a professional show.”

The main characters were played by students in years 9 to 12.

The support cast comprised students from kindergarten to year 10.

Dorothy was played by year 12 student Phoebe Tappouras.

“Phoebe hopes to study music at the Newcastle or Central Coast Conservatorium when she graduates at the end of this year,” Mr Lynch said.

The live orchestra of 25 musicians “really lifted the roof off” with the songs and musical themes, he said.

The musical features some iconic tunes, such as Over the Rainbow and We’re off the see the Wizard.

The show is also known for Dorothy’s famous lines: “I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” and, “There’s no place like home”.

School principal, Simon Dodson, was thrilled with the development of the students during the production.

“The students learn things through a school musical that are beyond what can normally be taught in the classroom,” he said.

“The students grow in confidence and their self-esteem skyrockets. Every student should have the opportunity to share in such experiences during their schooling.”

The students grow in confidence and their self-esteem skyrockets.

- Principal Simon Dodson

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